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What are the rules about how many hours I have to work?

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What are the rules about how many hours I have to work?

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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 hours of work.

In most jobs, your employer can say you have to work 8 hours a day.

If your employer's regular work day is more than 8 hours, they can say you have to work the number of hours in their regular work day.

But in most jobs the regular work day can't be more than 13 hours. And the regular work week can't be more than 48 hours.

The rules about hours of work may not apply to you if you agreed in writing to different rules.

If you're protected by a union, the union can make an agreement with your employer about hours of work.

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