Young employees can be a great addition to your business. You have the chance to offer meaningful work experiences for Manitoba’s youth as they consider their career options.
There are employment standards and workplace safety laws specific to employees under the age of 18. On March 20, 2018, the province introduced Bill 20 The Employment Standards Code Amendment Act, which includes some changes for young employees. The changes may take effect as soon as the summer of 2018.
Manitoba Employment Standards Code rules for young workers include:
Manitoba’s minimum wage rate of $11.15 per hour (effective October 1, 2017) applies to all workers, regardless of age.
|Current rules||After Bill 20 is in place|
|Under 18 years:||Under 18 years (no changes):|
|Under 16 years:||Under 16 years:|
|Under 12 years:||Under 12 years:|
Workplace Safety and Health laws require all employers to:
- Provide safety and health orientations specific to the workplace for all new and returning young workers, and keep records the sessions were done.
- Take precautions to prevent injury in extreme (hot or cold) conditions.
- Explain your company’s safety and health policies such as violence prevention, harassment prevention, safety committee or representative, etc. This demonstrates safety is a priority and your employees are encouraged to ask questions.
Spend extra time with young workers explaining the tasks and procedures. Lead by example. Always ask young workers to demonstrate they can do the work safely.