British Columbia Overtime
B.C. overtime laws follow the typical overtime in Canada structure of 1.5 times the standard pay for more than 40 hours worked per week. But the daily structure is unique in both hours worked and compensation given.
British Columbia still follows the same eight-hour workday, but employees receive the standard 1.5 times their standard pay only for the first four extra hours. After working for 12 hours, each additional hour is paid double the employee’s standard wages.
For instance, if an employee worked for 13 hours they would receive 1.5 times their base pay for four hours, as well as an additional double their base pay for one hour worked past 12 hours.
Overtime terms may vary if the employer and employee enter into an averaging agreement. An averaging agreement is when hours worked are calculated by finding the average of one, two, three, or four weeks.
For example, an employee may work four 10-hour shifts per week, rather than the traditional five eight-hour shifts. They’re still working 40 hours per week, but they wouldn’t be paid overtime for the extra two hours worked. Or an employee may work 20 hours in one week and then 60 the next. They’re still working 80 hours total over a two-week period, so they’re working an average of 40 hours per week.
Using the example of the employee who works four 10-hour shifts weekly, if the employee worked an extra 10-hour shift during the week, they would be compensated 1.5 times their usual pay for that additional 10 hours. But if the employee worked 13 hours in a single day, they would receive time-and-a-half for the first two hours worked past their typical 10 hours, as well as double their pay for the additional single hour worked after 12 hours.
Just like overtime Alberta rules, workers in British Columbia may also substitute time off for overtime pay, as long as the employer and employee establish a written agreement.