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Can companies "force/mandate" overtime upon their employees?

Legal opinions seem to vary in Ontario: some say that there is no "mandatory" overtime (but can be agreed upon), yet others say that "forced overtime" can only happen if explicitly written-into an employment contract. Employment Standards Information Center says that a company can implement a six-day week (48hrs/wk), indefinitely, without approval...

Which is it?

Typically, the maximum number of hours most employees can be required to work in a week is indeed 48 hours. That maximum can be exceeded only if there is a written agreement between the employee and employer and the employer has received the approval of the Director of Employment Standards. If your employer is forcing you to work overtime, you may have recourse against the company. Please give us a call at the number below to discuss your situation in more detail.
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