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An Act respecting a Minimum Wage for Male

Employees.

[Assented to 19th December, 1925.]

IS MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the

Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, enacts as follows:-

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1. This Act may be cited as the “ Male Minimum Wage Act.”

Short title.

Interpretation.

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2. In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires :-
“Board” means the Board of Adjustment constituted under

the “Hours of Work Act, 1923":
Employee" means every adult male person to whom this Act

applies who is in receipt of or entitled to any compensation

for labour or services performed for another:
“ Employer" includes every person, firm, or corporation, agent,

manager, representative, contractor, sub-contractor, or
principal, or other persons having control or direction of,
or responsible, directly or indirectly, for the wages of, any

employee to whom this Act applies :
“Minimum wage” means the amount of wages fixed by the

Board under this Act: “Wage” or “wages" includes any compensation for labour or

services, measured by time, piece, or otherwise.

3. It shall be the duty of the Board to ascertain the wages paid Duties of Board. to employees in the various occupations to which this Act applies, and to fix a minimum wage for such employees in the manner provided in this Act.

4. The Board may conduct such inquiries as it deems necessary Power to hold

inquiries. for the purposes of this Act, and for the purpose of obtaining infor

mation it shall have all the powers and authorities conferred by the “ Public Inquiries Act” upon commissioners appointed under that Act, and the provisions of that Act shall extend and apply, mutatis mutandis, to every inquiry held by the Board under this Act. All witnesses subpænaed by the Board shall be paid the same witness fees and mileage as are allowed by law to witnesses before the Supreme Court.

Order establishing minimum wage.

5. (1.) After inquiry the Board may by order establish a minimum wage for employees, and may establish a different minimum wage for different conditions and times of employment.

(2.) In the case of any employees classified by the Board as handicapped, or as part-time employees, or as apprentices, the Board may by permit in writing authorize the payment of a wage less than the minimum wage fixed under subsection (1); and may in any case limit and define the number of handicapped employees, or part-time employees, or apprentices to whom the lesser wage fixed under this subsection may be payable by any employer.

Publication of orders.

6. Every order of the Board establishing a minimum wage shall be published in the Gazette and shall take effect at the expiration of thirty days after the date of publication.

Posting of copies of order.

7. The Board shall supply copies of every order establishing a minimum wage to any employer requesting the same, and every employer of employees affected by any such order shall post and keep posted in a conspicuous place in his establishment or plant a copy of the order, so that all employees affected thereby may have ready access to and see the same.

Records to be kept by employers.

8. (1.) Every employer shall keep in his principal place of business in the Province a true and correct record of the wages paid to and the hours worked by each of his employees, together with a register of the names, ages, and residential addresses of all his employees.

(2.) Every employer shall, on demand of the Board or any person authorized in writing by the Board, produce for inspection all records kept by him relating to the wages, hours of labour, or conditions of employment affecting any of his employees.

Inspection of books and records.

9. The Board may, either by any member of the Board or by any person authorized in writing by the Board, inspect and examine all books, pay-rolls, and other records of any employer which in any way relate to the wages, hours of labour, or conditions of employment affecting any employees; and may take extracts from or make copies of any entry in such books, pay-rolls, and records; and may require from any employer full and correct statements respecting the wages paid to his employees and the hours of labour and conditions of their employment duly verified on oath.

10. (1.) Every employer who contravenes any order of the Board Penalties. made under this Act by the payment of wages of less amount than the minimum wage fixed by the Board shall be liable, on summary conviction, to a penalty of not less than fifty dollars nor more than five hundred dollars for each employee affected; and in default of immediate payment of such penalty shall be liable to imprisonment for a period of not less than two months nor more than six months.

(2.) Every employer who neglects or fails to perform any duty imposed on him by this Act, or who refuses or neglects to permit of any inspection or examination authorized by this Act, or who refuses or neglects to furnish any information required under this Act shall be liable, on summary conviction, to a penalty of not less than ten dollars nor more than five hundred dollars.

to recover full

11. If any employee is paid less than the minimum wage to which Employee entitled he is entitled under this Act, the employee shall be entitled to minimum wage. recover from his employer, in a civil action, the balance between the amount paid and the amount of the minimum wage, with costs of action.

12. For the purpose of carrying into effect the provisions of this Regulations. Act according to their true intent or of supplying any deficiency therein, the Lieutenant-Governor in Council may make such regulations not inconsistent with the spirit of this Act as may be considered necessary, advisable, or convenient.

13. This Act shall apply to all occupations other than those of Application. farm-labourers, fruit-pickers, fruit-packers, fruit and vegetable canners, and domestic servants.

VICTORIA, B.C. :
Printed by CHARLES F. BANFIELD, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.

1925.

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[Assented to 19th December, 1925.] IS MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the

Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, enacts as follows:

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1. This Act may be cited as the “Motor-vehicle Act Amendment short title. Act, 1925."

2. (1.) Section 2 of the “ Motor-vehicle Act," being chapter 177 of Amends s. 2. the “Revised Statutes of British Columbia, 1924," is amended by striking out the definition of " chauffeur," and substituting therefor the following definition : “Chauffeur' means a person who drives or operates a motor

vehicle which is driven or operated for hire, or who, as an
employee hired or engaged for that purpose, drives or

operates a motor vehicle of another person."
(2.) Said section 2 is further amended by inserting after the defi-
nition of " motor-vehicle" the following definition :-
"Owner' includes a person who is in possession of a motor-

vehicle under a contract by which he may become the owner
of the motor vehicle upon full compliance with the terms of
the contract."

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3. (1.) Section 3 of said chapter 177, as amended by section 2 of Amends s. 3. the “Motor-vehicle Act Amendment Act, 1924," is further amended by adding thereto the following subsection :

“(5.) The licence issued in respect of a motor-vehicle shall be carried in a reasonably conspicuous position on the motor vehicle at all times while the motor vehicle is on any highway.”

(2.) The amendment of said section 3 enacted by this section shall come into operation on the first day of January, 1927.

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