New Pay Disclosure Requirements Now in Effect for BC Employers

As of November 1, 2023, employers are required to include wage or salary ranges in job postings open to BC residents.
Categories: Employee Benefits
Nov 16th, 2023 | By: CapriCMW

Under BC's Pay Transparency Act, passed on May 11, 2023, employers must now include expected wages or salaries (or wage or salary ranges) in all public job postings. In addition to employers located in BC, this new requirement applies to any employer with job postings open to BC residents.

The BC government has recently published guidance to provide employers with further clarity on their obligations. According to the guidelines:

  • Amounts that must be disclosed in job postings include base pay only. Employers may choose whether or not to provide amounts for compensation above base pay such as bonuses, commissions, tips and overtime pay.
  • Wage or salary ranges must include minimum and maximum amounts. As an example, posting only "$30 per hour and up" or "up to $30 per hour" would be considered non-compliant. Currently, the BC government has not specified how broad ranges can be. 

Examples of acceptable pay disclosure:

  • $20 per hour
  • $20 to $30 per hour
  • $40,000 annually
  • $40,000 to $60,000 annually

Where wage or salary expectations are not required:

  • internal job postings
  • general “help wanted” signage without any specific job opportunity being promoted
  • general recruitment campaigns without any specific job opportunities being promoted

For more information on the Pay Transparency Act, including requirements that came into effect on May 11, 2023, see this Government of British Columbia webpage.

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