Employment Resources

CDABC has a number of employment resources available both for the public and specifically for its members. Public resources are provided for informational purposes as well as gaining a better understanding of the profession and our association. Member resources will require you to login to access them, but will allow you to take advantage of your full member benefits.

Employment Law Articles

Entitlement to Notice or Severance on Termination of Employment

Employees are often shocked to learn of their dismissal from employment. After years of service to the same employer, it can be upsetting, to say the least, to learn suddenly that you are without work or a pay cheque.

The level of anxiety will often be increased when the dismissal is immediate or provided with little notice. In many cases, the letter of dismissal may tell the employee that she will be paid severance “as per the Employment Standards Act.” Depending on your length of service, severance under the Act can be as little as a few weeks and at most eight weeks. This amount does not provide much of a financial cushion while looking for new employment. Read the full article.

Why Have a Written Employment Agreement?

Many employees have the impression that they do not have an employment contract because they have nothing in writing from their employer. In fact, anyone who works for an organization or company has an employment contract. However, all the terms of the contract may be oral, i.e. they were verbally agreed between the employer and employee, or the terms are “implied”, i.e. terms that the law would assume the parties agree to even though they may not have discussed them. For instance if you have a verbal agreement to perform work for a monthly salary, that is a binding employment agreement even if it is not written. Read the full article.

Certified Dental Assistants are Entitled to Overtime Pay

Many employees have the impression that they do not have an employment contract because they have nothing in writing from their employer. In fact, anyone who works for an organization or company has an employment contract. However, all the terms of the contract may be oral, i.e. they were verbally agreed between the employer and employee, or the terms are “implied”, i.e. terms that the law would assume the parties agree to even though they may not have discussed them. Read the full article.

Entitlement to Family-Related Leaves of Absence

In British Columbia, the Employment Standards Act (the “Act”) grants employees the right to take unpaid leaves of absence from their employment. Employers are required to permit employees to take leaves in various circumstances, including during pregnancy and in relation to other family matters. Read the full article.

The Right to Accommodation in Employment

The British Columbia Human Rights Code prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of several enumerated grounds including race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, age, sex, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, religion, marital or family status. This means that the Code prohibits treating people adversely because of one or more of these grounds. Read the full article.

Recognizing a Constructive Dismissal

When an employer unilaterally imposes a substantive change to an employment contract, the employee sometimes has the right to treat those changes as a termination. This type of situation is known as a “constructive dismissal”. For an employer to act unilaterally means that the employer made the change and put it into effect without the consent of the employee. Read the full article.

Employment Survey Reports

CDABC compiles a report of average employment conditions and salaries across BC approximately every two years. The 2016 report was published in the spring of 2016, and reports that the average hourly wage for CDAs in BC is $25.70. More details on wages by region, experience and role can be found in the report.

Members: access the 2016 Employment Survey Report here at no cost.

Employment Guide & Agreement

This guide provides CDAs with a list of things to consider when interviewing at a new practice. These are questions you may want to ask the interviewers in order to make an informed decision about the job. The guide also contains a sample Employment Agreement, which is intended to finalize and define the job role. A written employment agreement helps both employer and employee be aware of their expectations and responsibilites, and provides a basis for future performance reviews. Access the guide here.

BC Employment Standards Branch Resources

Dental Placement Agencies 

A list of dental placement services is available to members here.

Employment FAQ Articles and Resources

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