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Does my employer have to give me my schedule or a minimum number of work hours?

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Does my employer have to give me my schedule or a minimum number of work hours?

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December, 2015
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Ontario's Employment Standards Act (ESA) has minimum standards that employers must follow. This includes rules about the maximum number of hours you have to work and breaks.

But there is no rule about when your employer has to give you your work schedule. And there is no rule that says they have to give you a minimum number of hours of work.

The "3-hour" rule

There is a rule about getting paid for at least 3 hours when you work. This rule applies only if you have regular work hours that are longer than 3 hours a day.

The rule says that you have to be paid for at least 3 hours even if you work less than 3 hours. For example, your employer might send you home early because business is slow.

The rule does not apply if:

  • you're a student
  • you regularly work shifts that are less than 3 hours
  • work stops because of something outside your employer's control, like a power failure or a fire

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