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General Overtime Information

Non-unionized employees working less than 30 hours per week are entitled to overtime after working more than eight hours per day or 40 hours per week (32 hours in a week with a public holiday). Unionized employees receive overtime based on their collective bargaining agreement.

Weekly Overtime

In Saskatchewan, weekly hours of work are set at 40, with daily hours set at either 8 or 10. If employees work more than these set hours, overtime must be paid 1.5 times their regular hourly wage.

Example:

The two standard work weeks in Saskatchewan: 

Sunday  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
  8 8 8 8  
Sunday  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
  10 10 10 10    

Employees who are not paid by the hour must have their pay converted to an hourly rate to make the overtime calculation. To calculate the hourly rate for employees paid on a monthly basis, multiply the monthly wage by 12, divide the result by 52, and then divide by the regular weekly hours worked (which cannot be more than 40)

Example:

Monthly wage rate  = $2,500.00 
x 12 months (yearly rate) = $30,000.00
÷ 52 weeks (weekly rate) = $576.92
÷ 40 hours (hourly rate) = $14.42
x 1.5 (overtime rate)  = $21.63

Note: If the regular weekly hours worked were 37.5 hours, the weekly rate ($576.92) would be divided by 37.5 to give an hourly rate of $15.38, etc.

Daily Overtime

Employers can organize the 40-hour week around one of two daily limits: 

  • five, eight-hour days; or
  • four, 10-hour days.

A day is any period of 24 consecutive hours. Eligible employees scheduled to work eight hours in a day earn overtime after eight hours. Employees scheduled to work 10 hours in a day earn overtime after 10 hours.

This applies even if the employee works less than 40 hours in a week. An employer cannot alternate between five, eight-hour days and four, 10-hour days to avoid overtime.

Example:

Overtime in a Week and Day

Week  Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Total Overtime
#1
8 8 8 8 8 4 44 4
#2   8 8 8 6 10   40 2

In week 1, the employee works 44 hours in the week, but not more than eight hours in any day. The employee is entitled to four hours of overtime.

In week 2, the employee works 40 hours, but earns two hours of overtime on Friday.

Work Weeks

Employers can set a work week as any period of seven consecutive days, as long as the period is consistently used in setting an employee’s work schedule. 

Example:

An employer consistently uses the following seven consecutive day period when setting the employee’s work schedule.

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

An employee's overtime is calculated in reference to the Wednesday to Tuesday work week.

Employers cannot require employees to work or to be available for work for more than 44 hours per week without the employee’s consent.  An employer can require an employee to work extended hours in unusual or unexpected circumstances, or in an emergency.

Overtime in a Week with a Public Holiday

Work weeks where a public holiday occurs are reduced by eight hours, such that:

  • eligible employees earn overtime after working more than 32 hours; and
  • an employer requires employee consent to schedule an employee to work or to be available for work for more than 36 hours.

Overtime Exemptions

Some occupations and industries operate under special overtime rules. For example, managers and certain professional employees are not eligible for overtime.   Some employees, such as those employed in primary agriculture, are also exempt.

Example:

During the busy summer season, the manager of a hotel and resort complex works hours in excess of 10 hours per day, and 40 hours per week. The manager is not eligible for overtime pay. 

Note: The manager’s wages divided by her hours should still at least equal the minimum wage. In addition, if the manager works on a public holiday she is entitled to a public holiday premium of 1.5 per hourly rate for each hour worked on that day.

Special Overtime Rules

Contact the Employment Standards Division for information about:

  • employees who are not eligible to receive overtime;
  • employees who work under special overtime rules; and
  • the rules for calculating overtime for eligible employees paid by:
    • the day, week, or month;
    • distance travelled;
    • commission;
    • piecework; or
    • other incentive-based systems.

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