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Overtime Rules in a Week with a Public Holiday

When there is a public holiday, overtime is payable to eligible employees after 32 hours.  Employers are also required to have an employee’s consent to schedule them to work or be available for more than 36 hours in that week.

For example:

The two standard work weeks in Saskatchewan (five 8 hour days or four 10 hours days) can be set up as follows:

Sunday  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
  8 8 8 8 8  

or

Sunday  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
  10 10 10 10    

If Christmas day is on a Friday, the work weeks are shortened as follows:

Sunday  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
  8 8 8 8 Public Holiday Pay  

or

Sunday  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
  10 10 10
Public Holiday Pay  

In the first example, the employee works and is paid for 32 hours, and receives Friday off with eight hours of public holiday pay. In the second example, the employee works and is paid for 30 hours, and receives Thursday and Friday off with eight hours of public holiday pay. In both cases, any time worked in excess of 32 hours in the week is paid at the 1.5 overtime rate.

If the employees are working under a Modified Work Arrangement or an Averaging of Hours Permit, the hours in the averaging period drop by eight hours for each public holiday in the period. For example, overtime would apply after 72 hours in an 80-hour, two-week averaging period with one public holiday.

There are special rules for New Year’s Day, Christmas Day and Remembrance Day. If these holidays fall on a Sunday, businesses that are normally closed Sunday would be required to observe the holiday on the following Monday.

Canada Day is covered under federal legislation. If July 1 falls on a Sunday, the holiday must be observed on Monday, July 2.

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