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New Brunswick Employment Standards: What they cover and how you can comply

Employment standards, sometimes called labour standards, is the set of provincial laws that determine the minimum requirements for non-unionized employees at work. 
Most employers and employees are covered by the Employment Standards Act. In New Brunswick, the Act does not distinguish between part-time, full-time, seasonal and casual employees. There are a few occupations not covered by employment standards; these include people who work in a private home for the homeowner (babysitters, home care workers, construction workers who are employed directly by the homeowner) and independent contractors.

NOTE: The Canada Labour Code covers employees who work in industries that fall under federal jurisdiction, such as railways, pipelines, ferries, banks, inter-provincial trucking and shipping, and telecommunications.

In New Brunswick, you can access details about the Employment Standards on the government website.

Employment standards regulations cover:

  • Minimum wage
    • Minimum wage in New Brunswick is currently $11 per hour.
    • Minimum wage will increase April 1, 2018 to $11.25 per hour
  • Vacation entitlement
  • Public holidays
  • Leaves of absence
  • Termination notice requirements

Employment standards can be reached by calling 506-453-2725 or you can contact your CFIB Counsellor  for more information.