Lesson 2: Administrative and Labour Law

Topic 4: Explaining Labour Law

As mentioned in the previous topic on administrative law, some tribunals make decisions about a person’s rights or benefits. The Employment Standards Tribunal is an administrative tribunal established under the Employment Standards Act. This is an important legislation under BC labour law.

According to the government of Canada, labour law defines your rights and obligations as workers, union members and employers in the workplace. Generally, labour law covers:

  • Industrial relations – certification of unions, labour-management relations, collective bargaining and unfair labour practices
  • Workplace health and safety
  • Employment standards, including general holidays, annual vacations, working hours, unjust dismissals, minimum wage, layoff procedures and severance pay

See the Government of Canada’s website for more information about labour law.