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Updated - wednesday 11th of july 2018

Rights and remedies: Useful Resources

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If you are unionized

Your rights are defined in a collective labor contract called a collective agreement . You have probably been given a copy. Read it.

If you need help understanding your agreement or enforcing your rights at work, talk to your union representative .

Whether you are unionized or not, it is important to know that collective agreements and employment contracts can never offer less than what is provided for in the laws and regulations .

If you are not unionized

If you are not unionized, you still have an agreement with your employer at the time of hiring. This is your employment contract .

This contract can be verbal or written. To avoid misunderstandings, it is obviously preferable to ask for a written contract.

If you have a written contract, read it to know your rights. If you need to specify an element of your employment contract, whether verbal or written, contact either the Human Resources department of your employer or your immediate supervisor .

Whether you are unionized or not, it is important to know that collective agreements and employment contracts can never offer less than what is provided for in the laws and regulations.

Quebec's Act respecting labor standards

In Quebec, the Act respecting labor standards establishes the minimum conditions of work. In the absence of conditions laid down in a collective agreement, a contract of employment or a decree, these standards apply.

The Commission des normes du travail (CNT)

The Commission des normes du travail is responsible for the application of the Quebec Labor Standards Act.

If your employer does not meet these standards, you can file a complaint against him with the CNT.

The Canada Labor Code

A small percentage of Quebec workers are governed not by the Labor Standards Act but by the Canada Labor Code. This is your case only if you work for a federally regulated employer (examples: federal Crown corporations, banks, airports, etc.).

Click here to find out if you are governed by the Canadian Code or not.

The Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CSST) 

The Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CSST) is the body to which the Québec government has entrusted the administration of the occupational health and safety system.

The CSST is responsible, among other things, for enforcing two laws: the Act respecting occupational health and safety and the Act respecting industrial accidents and occupational diseases.

The purpose of the Act respecting occupational health and safety is to eliminate at the source hazards to the health, safety and physical integrity of workers.

The purpose of the Act respecting industrial accidents and occupational diseases is to compensate for industrial injuries and their consequences for workers, and to collect from employers the amounts needed to fund the plan.

Employment Insurance

Employment Insurance (EI) provides temporary financial assistance to unemployed Canadians while they look for a new job or upgrade their skills. The EI. also helps sick workers, pregnant women and parents caring for a newborn or adopted child, as well as caring for a seriously ill family member who is very likely to die.

Montreal Unemployment Action Movement (MAC)

The Action Action Unemployment Montreal (MAC Montreal) is an advocacy group for the unemployed. It is a grassroots community information group that informs and defends people while aiming to safeguard and improve the unemployment insurance system (also known as employment insurance). For more information, call 514-271-4099 or visit the website.

Commission on Human Rights and Youth Rights

The mission of the Commission on Human Rights and Youth Rights is to ensure the promotion and respect of rights in Quebec as defined by the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, among others.

What are the rights and freedoms defined by the Charter? What is discrimination? The harassment? What are your remedies if your rights and freedoms are not respected at work?

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