Working conditions

Caroline Arbour | Journalist

Working conditions govern the environment in which employees work and may vary based on the type of work. All employers must respect basic employment standards set out by each province.

It's your responsibility to know about working conditions and your rights and obligations. Make sure you understand the job description and responsibilities before you apply.

7 questions to ask yourself before accepting a job offer 
  1. What's the workload?
  2. Do I need to wear a uniform? If yes, who pays?
  3. Do I get coffee or meal breaks?
  4. What's the hourly wage?
  5. Do I get tips, commission or other incentives?
  6. Are there any on-the-job risks? 
  7. What type of environment will I be working in (indoor, or outdoor, standing or sitting, etc.)?
7 things to know about working conditions 
  1. If you need to be trained before you begin, your employer has to pay you for those hours and keep track of any overtime.
  2. Your employer must give you the day off or pay you to work on statutory holidays.
  3. Any security equipment must be provided by the employer.
  4. Uniforms must be provided by the employer when they're mandatory.
  5. IIt's the employer's decision whether or not to increase your salary.
  6. Your employer cannot claim any of your tips.
  7. An employer may require that you be on the premises up to 15 minutes before or after their shift, but they have to pay you for that time.

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