Labour Standards, Health and Safety, and Human Rights
There are laws and regulations in place to protect workers in this province. If you are facing issues in the workforce, one of the following agencies may be able to help you.
The Labour Relations Agency works with employees and employers to support and foster positive employment relations throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. The Agency provides programs and services to unionized and non-unionized employees and employers.
The Labour Standards Division of the Agency administers provincial labour standards legislation, which establishes minimum terms and conditions of employment. These minimum standards include such matters as the minimum wage, hours of work, paid public holidays and various other terms of employment.
The Labour Standards Division provides numerous services to the public, including the investigation and enforcement of these provincial labour standards, and the provision of public education and outreach supports to help increase stakeholder awareness.
For frequently asked questions regarding provincial labour standards, please consult the Labour Relations Agency website.The Labour Standards Division can be reached through the following means:
Labour Standards Division
Telephone: (709) 729-2743 / 729-2742
Health and Safety
Accident and illness prevention is the primary goal of the Occupational Health and Safety Branch. It is recognized that all workers have a fundamental right to a workplace that neither impairs their health nor imperils their safety. This is achieved by working with stakeholders to establish, promote and enforce workplaces practices, standards and procedures
The Division is supported by a complement of staff including inspections officers, industrial hygienists, engineers and radiation specialists to perform various multi-disciplinary activities such as:
- Investigating workplace accidents and statistics
- Conducting compliance inspections and detailed audits of workplaces
- Hygiene assessments of various physical, chemical, biological and ergonomic agents in the workplace in order to protect worker health
- Evaluating and inspecting radiation control measures in workplaces
- Enforcing Occupational Health and Safety Legislation
The OHS Division regulates occupational health and safety on all provincial workplaces in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. To date there are approximately 16,000 Employers employing about 220,000 workers in the province.
Serious Workplace Accident Reports
Section 54 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act requires where an accident takes place at a workplace that results in serious injury to a person or results in the death of a person; or that had, or continues to have, the reasonable potential of causing serious injury to or the death of a person the employer, or principal contractor shall immediately notify the assistant deputy minister of the accident.
Tel: (709) 729-4444 (24 Hours)
15 Dundee Avenue
Mount Pearl, NL
Tel: (709) 729-2706
Fax: (709) 729-3445
The Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Commission investigates allegations of discrimination and/or harassment in the workplace. Discrimination is prohibited in every aspect of employment including: advertising, applications, interviews, hiring, wages, benefits, conditions of employment, promotion and dismissal. The Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, nationality, ethnic origin, social origin, religious creed, religion, age, disability, disfigurement, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, source of income and political opinion. Employers are also prohibited from discriminating against employees (or potential employees) because of a criminal conviction that is unrelated to the employment, or the fact that an individual’s wages are (or have been) subject to attachment/garnishment, etc.
If you believe that you have been discriminated against or harassed for one or more of those reasons, please contact the Human Rights Commission and ask to speak to a Human Rights Specialist.
The Human Rights Commission can be reached by phone at (709) 729-2709 or 1-800-563-5808 (toll free), by email at email@example.com, or by mail at P.O. Box 8700, St. John’s, NL, A1B 4J6.
Additional information can also be found on the Human Rights Commission website atwww.justice.gov.nl.ca/hrc/.