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Your rights at work

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Can my employer ask me to work longer hours?

Yes. And you have the right to refuse, unless you have already agreed in writing to work longer hours.

Before asking you to sign an agreement to work longer hours, your employer must give you a copy of the Ministry of Labour information sheet about hours of work and overtime pay.

If you agreed to work longer hours, you have the right to cancel this agreement.

You do this by telling your employer in writing that you no longer agree to work longer hours. Your agreement ends 2 weeks after you give this written notice to your employer.