Young Worker Rights

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You have the right to a safe, healthy and fair workplace.
There are laws to help protect you at work.


You have the right to know the dangers of your job. You have the right to proper training and safety equipment. You have the right to refuse dangerous work.
Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Contact Centre
Toll free 1-866-415-8690  •  Edmonton 780-415-8690
   Find out more about your health and safety rights


You have the right to minimum wage, overtime, vacation pay, to be paid for training, and more. You have the right to file a complaint. If you are 13-15 or 16-17, there are specific rights just for you.
Employment Standards
Toll free 1-877-427-3731  •  Edmonton 780-427-3731
   Find out more about your Employment Standards rights


You have the right to be free from harassment and discrimination at work, and the right to file a complaint.
Human Rights Commission
Edmonton 780-427-7661  •  Toll free – follow directions on their contact page
   Find out more about your Human Rights at work


If you are injured at work you have the right to report it to the WCB
Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB)
Toll free 1-866-922-9221
   Find out more about your workplace injury and illness rights


There are also some non-governmental organizations that may be able to help with your workplace concerns.


We encourage you to ask your employer these 13 Questions, and find allies you can talk to about work. These can be friends, family, co-workers, teachers, and government agencies listed above that are responsible for protecting workers.




The Work Plays Schools Program is made possible through the support from labour and business organizations and individuals across Alberta and the Alberta Law Foundation.