The Act respecting labour standards contains provisions concerning an employee’s presence at work that protect the majority of Québec workers, whether they are full or part time.
An employee is deemed to be at work and must be paid:
The employer must reimburse the employee for the reasonable expenses that the employee must pay when, at the employer’s request, he must travel or take training.
An employer is under no obligation to offer coffee breaks, but when a coffee break is granted, it must be paid and included in the calculation of the hours worked.
After a period of work of 5 consecutive hours, the employee is entitled to a 30-minute period, without pay, for his meal. He must be paid for this period if he is unable to leave his work station.
An employee who reports to work at the express request of his employer or in the normal course of his employment and who does not work or works fewer than 3 consecutive hours is entitled to an indemnity equal to 3 hours of pay at his regular wage.
The employee is entitled to the tips received during this period. If the provisions concerning overtime assure him of a greater amount, the employee will not benefit from the 3-hour indemnity for reporting to work, but rather the number of overtime hours increased by 50%.
This provision does not apply in the case of superior force (example: fire) or when the employee is hired for periods of less than 3 hours (example: certain ushers, school bus drivers, school crossing guards, etc.).
Each week, an employee is entitled to a rest period of at least 32 consecutive hours. In the case of a farm worker, his day of rest may be postponed to the following week if he is in agreement.
An employee may refuse to work if, on a given day:
An employee may also refuse to work if, in a given week:
An employee cannot refuse to work:
An employer cannot give an employee who is subject to the Act respecting labour standards conditions of employment that are less advantageous than those of other employees doing the same work in the same establishment due to his hiring date.
These conditions of employment notably deal with:
To learn more, consult section Differences in conditions of employment.
Is an employer required to plan a daily work schedule of at least 3 hours?
No. If the type of work is such that it can usually be done in a period of less than 3 hours, the employer may plan work schedules of less than 3 hours.
Can an employer ask an employee to arrive 15 minutes earlier than what is stipulated in his schedule?
Yes. However, if the employer asks the employee to arrive 10 or 15 minutes earlier or to leave 10 or 15 minutes later, the employee must be paid for this time.
All time worked or during which an employee is at his employer’s disposal must be paid. It is not the time when the enterprise’s doors open or close or the schedule that counts, but rather the length of time during which the employee is at his employer’s disposal.
Is the employer required to post the work schedule a long time in advance?
No. Nothing in the Act stipulates when the employer must post the work schedule.
Must training be remunerated?
Yes. When an employer requires that his employee take training, whether during or after working hours, the employer must remunerate his employee for these hours, and take into account overtime, where applicable. He must also reimburse the employee for all expenses paid for this training, such as enrollment fees, transportation expenses, etc.
Is it up to the employer to decide the employee’s work schedule?
Yes. The work schedule is a management right of the employer provided that he complies with the Act respecting labour standards when it comes to the weekly rest period and the right to refuse to work.
Is my employer required to grant me 8 hours of rest between two work shifts?
No. The Act respecting labour standards makes no provision for a minimum rest period between two work shifts. However, under certain circumstances, an employee may refuse to work.