Young workers limited to 16 hours during a school week

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Saskatchewan youth aged 14 and 15 are reminded that they must complete Saskatchewan’s Young Worker Readiness Certificate Course (YWRCC) and abide by Saskatchewan’s Minimum Age Employment laws if they want to work during the school year.

Employers are responsible for ensuring that each young worker provides them with a YWRCC certificate, which must be kept on file. Employers must also adhere to the labour standards, occupational health and safety, and minimum age employment laws.

“As school is a priority, it is important that youth with part-time jobs are aware of the minimum age laws,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said. “There are limits on the hours per week they can work and the start and end times of their shifts.”

Young workers under the age of 16 must have the consent of their parent or guardian to work; are not allowed to work after 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; cannot work before school starts in the morning; and cannot work more than 16 hours during a school week.

The YWRCC is a mandatory ready-for-work course that teaches youth about occupational health and safety, labour standards laws and their rights and duties as employees. Since 2010, more than 27,000 certificates have been printed.

The course can be taken online at www.lrws.gov.sk.ca/ywrcc. You can also learn more about YWRCC at 1-800-667-1783.

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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