On paydays, an employer must give each employee a written wage statement for the pay period, which includes the following information:
A wage statement must be a document separate from an employee’s pay cheque, so that it can be kept by the employee if desired.
If a wage statement would be the same as one given in a previous pay period, another need not be given until a change occurs.
Electronic wage statements
Wage statements can be provided electronically as long as the employer provides:
Confidential access to the electronic wage statement at the workplace; and
A means of making a paper copy of that wage statement.
An employer can only deduct money required or permitted by the Employment Standards Act, or by another Act of either British Columbia or Canada.
Examples of required deductions include income tax, Canada Pension Plan contributions and Employment Insurance premiums.
Any other deductions, such as union or professional dues, require the employee’s written permission.