Tips for young workers

Tips for young workers

How best to protect your health, safety and rights the workplace.

  1. Before you start working, you need to know your rights and responsibilities.

    If you’re between the ages of 12 and 14:
    • you'll need written consent from a parent or guardian before you can start work
    • you can’t work between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.
    • for jobs other than clerking in an office or retail store, delivering flyers, or certain approved duties in the restaurant industry, your boss must get an adolescent work permit
  2. When you do find a job, it’s a good idea to look into the company’s history to make sure it’s a reputable business. Search companies with unsatisfied judgments for unpaid employee earnings or with health and safety administrative penalties.
  3. Before accepting a position, make sure the salary you’ll be earning is at least minimum wage. All workers in Alberta, regardless of age, are entitled to the same minimum wage.
  4. Know your rights when it comes to overtime, holiday pay, termination of employment, etc. See the Employment Standards rules and regulations.
  5. Be aware of restrictions on young persons working alone. If you’re between the ages of 15 and 17, you can work alone until 9 p.m. After 9 p.m., someone at least 18 years of age must be present. See employment standards rules for young persons.
  6. Don’t be afraid to ask your boss about your working conditions. Read about how to say no at work.
  7. If you feel unsafe at any time while you’re at work, talk to your employer and your parents immediately. You may also want to consider reporting any unsafe conditions to Occupational Health and Safety. Any information you provide will be kept confidential.
Modified: 2017-07-14
PID: 5375

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