Employment Rights

The Labour Standards legislation sets out the minimum employment rules in Nova Scotia that employers and employees have to follow.  It also sets out rules specific to the recruitment of workers and the hiring of foreign workers. Employees, employers and recruiters have rights and responsibilities under these rules. A person who believes the rules have been broken can file a complaint with the Labour Standards Division.



Current Topics

  • Part of the Labour Standards Division’s mandate is to promote understanding of the Nova Scotia Labour Standards Code and regulations through public education activities. The Division will be holding an information session for managers and business owners on April 9, 2019, from 1 -3:30 pm, at the Rodd Grand Hotel in Yarmouth. During the session, Labour Standards Officers will present an overview of provincial labour standards and answer questions from attendees. If you would like to attend, please register by email at LabourStandards@novascotia.ca by April 1, 2019.
  • Beginning January 1, 2019: The General Labour Standards Code Regulations have been amended to establish these changes. The regulatory changes can be found here (see red text containing revisions to the General Labour Standards Code Regulations)
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    If you have any questions, please contact Labour Standards.


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