Written Employment Contract Required for Domestic Workers - Act Part 2, Section 14

Last updated on October 15, 2021


Text of Legislation
Policy Interpretation
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This section requires that a domestic worker must be provided with a copy of their employment contract and outlines what terms it must contain. It also specifies that any additional hours worked must be added in that pay period. 

Text of Legislation

14. (1) On employing a domestic worker, the employer must provide the domestic worker with a copy of the employment contract.

(2) The copy of the employment contract provided to the domestic worker must clearly state the conditions of employment, including

(a) the duties the domestic worker is to perform,
(b) the hours of work,
(c) the wages, and
(d) the charges for room and board, if applicable.

(3) If any employer requires a domestic worker to work during any pay period any hours other than those stated in the employment contract, the employer must add those hours to the hours worked during that pay period under the employment contract.

Policy Interpretation

A “domestic worker” as defined in s.1 of the Employment Standards Act, is a person employed to provide cooking, cleaning or child care for the employer in the employer’s private residence. Domestic workers may live in the private residence of their employers.

Subsection (1)

An employer of a domestic worker is required to have a written contract with the employee, setting out the terms and conditions of the work.

Subsection (2)

This contract must clearly state the terms of employment as stated in this subsection.

Subsection (3)

Any work performed over and above the hours of work set out in the written contract must be paid for in accordance with the legislation.


Cheryl is employed as a domestic worker and normally works 8 hours per day, 5 days a week, looking after the employer's children. The employer requires Cheryl to care for the children in the evening due to a social obligation, which involves an additional 5 hours of work. This results in the employee working for a total of 13 hours. Cheryl is entitled to, in addition to regular wages for the first 8 hours, time and a half for the next 4 hours, and double time for the last hour in accordance with s.40 of the Act.

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More information about employment of domestic workers: Information for Domestic Workers and their Employers