Ask the ExpertCategory: QuestionsIn BC, can an employer require an employee to take their vacation leave in a non-unionized environment?
hri_Admin Staff asked 2 years ago

In BC, can an employer require an employee to take their vacation leave in a non-unionized environment? Scenario is such that the employer provides only 5 days of sick leave and is telling employees that they will be required to take there vacation leave now as there is a shortage of work. Employees wish to retain their vacation leave in case they fall ill in the next few months as they have no short term illness coverage.

1 Answers
Glenn Demby Staff answered 2 years ago

Received this note from Alan confirming my earlier response to your Q.
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Sorry, thought I had answered this earlier.
Yes, your answer is correct.
In practical terms, it might be better off for employees to claim the new federal and BC benefits related to the covid-19 crisis and save their vacation pay for later, in case these new benefits aren’t sufficient.

Alan R. McEwen
Alan McEwen & Associates
PO Box 144 Station Main, Qualicum Beach, BC  V9K 1S7
250-228-5280 in the Pacific time zone
https://alanrmcewen.com

Manj Kaila replied 2 years ago

Thanks

Glenn Demby replied 2 years ago

You’re most welcome. I’ll try and answer faster next time–especially if it’s a COVID-19 issue. Glenn