Work Uniforms

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 Your employer can require you to wear a uniform or follow a dress code. Who pays for your clothes? It depends on your salary and the type of clothes you have to wear.


  Type of Clothing Who Pays?

A uniform clearly identifies you as an employee of the business. All employees have to wear it. It often has the company's name or logo on it.

Your employer must pay for it.
Specific Clothing

Your employer wants you to wear a specific type of clothing. Exmple: white shirt and black pants.

If you are paid minimum wage, your employer must give you the clothes, or pay for them if you bought them for work only.
Clothing in a Boutique You work in a boutique, and your employer wants you to wear the clothes or accessories sold in the boutique. Your employer must let you have the clothes or accessories for free.
Dress Code

Your employer lets you wear your own clothes as long as you follow your employer's rules for how you dress. This is called a dress code. Example: "no jeans" or "Business casual."

You pay for your own clothes.


 Keeping Your Clothes Clean

If your employer has your work clothes cleaned, the cost can be subtracted from your pay. However, if you're paid minimum wage, the employer can't subtract the cost if it means you?d end up getting less than minimum wage.

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.