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Federally regulated employees: When can a worker refuse to work overtime?

Employees in British Columbia who are federally regulated under the Canada Labour Code may be unaware that, under specific circumstances, they may refuse to work overtime. What are those circumstances? Based on the Code, family responsibilities may be enough reason to refuse to work overtime. However, the employee must take reasonable steps to attempt to make alternative arrangements that will enable him or her to work.

Occupational health and safety: The 3 main rights of British Columbia workers

British Columbia workers have the right to safe work environments, but that's not all. Under occupational health and safety legislation across Canada -- as exemplified in BC's Workers' Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety Regulation -- three main rights of employees include the right to know, the right to participate and the right to refuse dangerous work. 

An older worker takes longer to recover from workplace injury

After reaching full maturity at about 25 years, the body starts to undergo slow changes. The changes are typically only noticeable between 40 and 50 years of age. An older worker's years of experience might make him or her less likely to suffer a workplace injury. However, older workers may take longer to recover if a workplace injury occurs.

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