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Is the employee's dressing time (work attire) taken into account?

Verified 08 March 2021 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

Additional cases ?

In the Public Service

Yes, if the following 2 conditions are met:

  • The wearing of a work suit by the employee is imposed by law or treaty provisions or the rules and regulations or employment contract.
  • Dressing and undressing are carried out in the company or in the workplace (which can be separated from the company's enclosure, for example when working on a building site).

If so, a company or establishment agreement or agreement shall provide for:

  • Either to grant compensation (in the form of rest or in financial form) for the dressing and undressing periods.
  • Or to equate these dressing and undressing times with actual work.

In the absence of an applicable agreement or agreement, the employment contract determines this choice.

If the work suit is imposed because of the risk to the employee, it is up to the employer to provide the suit to the employee.

Example :

If an electrician is required to wear a specific work suit to protect himself from electrostatic discharge, it is up to his employer to provide it.

The maintenance of the work outfit is the responsibility of the employer.