The New Brunswick Occupational Health and Safety Act gives employees basic rights that can be used to ensure safety at work. These rights are:
1. The right to know
All employees have the right to receive the training needed to do their job safely.
2. The right to participate
All employees have the right to participate in solving health and safety problems and in the identification and control of workplace hazards. In workplaces with 20 or more employees, joint health and safety committees (JHSCs) are formed to address health and safety concerns.
3. The right to refuse dangerous work
All employees have the right to refuse work they believe is dangerous to their health or safety, or to that of others.
For more information on these rights, rights for those in an employment-related accident, and other information, visit the WORKSAFE NB website.
The Employment Standards Branch is dedicated to providing services to New Brunswick employers and employees for fair and equitable workplace practices. The Act offers minimum employment rules on such things as minimum wage, overtime pay, vacation, and sick leave.
Here are some important points with respect to minimum standards:
- The Minimum Wage in New Brunswick, is $10.65 per hour.
- An employee must be paid time and one half of minimum wage after forty-four (44) hours in a week.
- Breaks are administered by WorkSafe NB, and fall under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. For more information, call 1-800-222-9775 or visit the WORKSAFE NB website.
Get more information on the provincial government's employment standards.
As stated on their website, the Human Rights Commission is a provincial government agency. It promotes equality and investigates and tries to settle complaints of discrimination and harassment. Visit the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission website for more information.
In New Brunswick, as in the rest of Canada, people are protected by law from many types of discrimination. This law is the New Brunswick Human Rights Act. This law prohibits discrimination and harassment in:
- Public services
- Certain associations
The grounds of prohibited discrimination are:
- National origin
- Place of origin
- Marital status
- Sexual orientation
- Physical or mental disability
- Social condition, which includes source of income, level of education and occupation, and
- Political belief or activity