Babysitting

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Have you ever wondered why the going rate for babysitting is often less than the minimum wage? It's because the Act respecting labour standards doesn't apply to this type of work. 

The Act respecting labour standards is a law that has rules that cover most employees and employers in Quebec.

Since this law doesn't apply to babysitting, some of the rules are different from the rules for working in a clothing boutique or a coffee shop. The parent who hires you for babysitting doesn't have to follow the rules on minimum wage, public holidays, breaks or the hours you work.

There are also rules that you don't have to follow. For example, if you're under 14, you don't need your parents' permission to babysit. But you do need your parents' written permission for other types of work.

Important !
This article explains in a general way the law that applies in Quebec. This article is not a legal opinion or legal advice. To find out the specific rules for your situation, consult a lawyer or notary.