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What if my employer asks me to work extra hours?

What if my employer asks me to work extra hours?
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April 4, 2019
Answer

Ontario's Employment Standards Act (ESA) has minimum standards that employers must follow. This includes rules about how many hours you have to work.

Even if these rules apply to you, your employer can ask you to work longer hours. You can refuse to do this unless you already agreed in writing to work longer hours.

And if you agreed to work longer hours, you have the right to cancel this agreement.

You do this by telling your employer in writing that you no longer agree to work longer hours. Your agreement ends 2 weeks after you give this written notice to your employer.

What your employer has to do

Before asking you to sign an agreement to work longer hours, your employer must give you a copy of the Ministry of Labour information sheet about hours of work and overtime pay.

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