There are two main factors that affect your rights around statutory holidays:
- whether you’re covered by BC’s Employment Standards Act (the main provincial law that protects workers)
- your employment contract
A BC law, the Employment Standards Act, sets out rules for statutory holidays that employers must follow. This law applies to “employees” — which covers most but not all workers in the province.
A second factor that comes into play is your employment contract. It may spell out your rights around stat holidays.
(Note there’s always an employment contract between a worker and an employer, even if nothing is in writing.)
Your contract rights may be greater than the protections in employment standards law. But — if employment standards law applies to you — your contract rights cannot be less than the minimum standards the law sets. If they are, you’re still entitled to the minimum protections of the law.