Notification of hours of work
Employers must give employees notice of when their work begins and ends over a period of at least one week. Notice can be
The notice must be posted at least one week prior to the start of the work schedule and employers must give at least one weeks’ notice of a change in the schedule. The week’s notice does not apply when there is an unexpected, unusual, or emergency circumstance. Employers must keep these records for five years.
- personally given to the employee;
- posted in the workplace;
- posted online on a secure website that the employee has access to; or
- provided in any other manner that informs the employee of the schedule.
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.
Employers may be able to obtain authorization to vary the requirement to post a work schedule or a change to the work schedule. Please see the Scheduling Variation Permit Application in Permits and Variances.
Limit on hours an employee is required to work per week
Unless there are emergency circumstances, employees do not have to work or be at the employer’s disposal for more than 44 hours per week. An employee may agree to work extra hours. An “emergency circumstance” is a situation where there is an imminent risk or danger to a person, property, or an employer's business that could not have been foreseen by the employer.
If a public holiday occurs during the week, the employee does not have to work more than 36 hours. An employer cannot discipline an employee who does not consent to work the extra hours. Overtime rules may apply. Please see Overtime for more information.
Employees are entitled to a period of eight consecutive hours of rest in any period of 24 hours. Employees must receive this break unless there is an emergency circumstance.
“Days of Rest”
Employees who usually work 20 hours or more per week must get 24 consecutive hours away from work in every seven days (except when fighting forest or prairie fires).
Employees in the retail trade get two consecutive days off in every seven days, one of which is a Saturday or Sunday whenever possible. In the retail trade, the two consecutive days off do not apply to:
- Businesses with less than 10 employees; or
- Employees who work less than 20 hours per week.
Employers may be able to obtain authorization to vary the requirement. Please see Permits and Variances for more information.