Memo: Changes to Minimum Wage in British Columbia Effective September 15, 2016 (Aug. 17, 2016)

Memorandum
Date: Aug. 17, 2016
From: Michelle Berner, Director, Human Resources – Total Compensation and Linda McKnight, Director, Human Resources – Advisory Services
To: Heads Up and HR Administrators (Vancouver campus)
CC: Human Resources Advisory Services, Total Compensation
Subject: Changes to Minimum Wage in British Columbia Effective September 15, 2016


The Government of British Columbia will be increasing the provincial minimum wage, effective September 15, 2016.

The new minimum wages are highlighted in the table below:

September 15, 2015 September 15, 2016
General minimum wage $10.45/hour $10.85/hour
Liquor server minimum wage $9.20/hour $9.60/hour

 

Full information on the BC minimum wage can be found at the BC Government website.

In reviewing our employee database, it was identified that a number of student and staff employees are currently being paid at the $10.45/hour rate. As of September 15, Payroll will automatically raise the rate of those employees to the new minimum wage rate of $10.85/hour.

If your faculty or department has salaried students, please ensure that the salary they receive is at least equivalent to the minimum wage for the number of hours they work.

Moving forward, please ensure that all appointment forms are reflective of the new BC minimum wage.

If you have questions around compensation, please contact your Compensation Consultant/Associate.