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Employment Standards and Foreign Worker Protection Training

Training Information

The Employment Standards Division offers free online training webinars that provides basic information about the employment standards in Saskatchewan. These webinars address commonly asked questions that affect most employers and employees, including employers based outside of Saskatchewan with employees in the province.

You can attend the webinar from your home or office using a computer, tablet or smartphone.

The sessions will cover a variety of topics, including weekly schedules, hours of work, overtime, vacations, public holidays, leaves and more.

Each webinar includes an audiovisual presentation and a question and answer session. Each session will take approximately 45 minutes to an hour, including time at the end for questions.

The Employment Standards Division also offers free, customizable online or in-person training. If your organization is interested in working with us to develop customized webinars or in-person training on specific subjects for employer or groups of employees, please contact the Employment Standards Division at 1-800-667-1783.

Webinar Software

The webinars are offered through GoToWebinar, an online software service that uses your computer's internet browser. GoToWebinar will automatically download the required software onto your device when you register. Please visit their support page for more information.

GoToWebinar suggests testing your computer or tablet before joining the webinar, to avoid any connection issues. A link to the test site will be sent to you in the registration confirmation email.

Audio

You have two options to listen to the webinar audio:

  1. Use your computer's audio – When the webinar begins, you will be connected to audio using your computer's speakers or headset (VOIP).
  2. Use your telephone – Your confirmation email will contain more information about using your telephone, including the call-in numbers.

Webinar Topics

Below is a list of webinars available. All webinars are from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Saskatchewan time. Please note the webinar ID provided in your confirmation email.

Date Webinar Topic Description Register
Wednesday, October 27, 2021  Overview of Employment Standards 

This webinar will provide a summary of Part II - Employment Standards in The Saskatchewan Employment Act, including topics such as: minimum wage, reporting for duty pay, work schedules, overtime pay, public holiday pay, extra pay for working on a public holiday, vacation entitlements, employment leaves, and layoff and termination. 

Register 
Wednesday, November 10, 2021  Payroll Record Requirements 

This webinar discusses payroll record provisions in The Saskatchewan Employment Act, including: when and how employees can be paid, pay periods, requirements for payroll records and statements of earnings, legal and illegal deductions, payment requirements at the end of employment, and employee complaints. 

Register 
Wednesday, November 24, 2021  Layoff and Termination Requirements 

This webinar discusses the basic rules for ending employment under The Saskatchewan Employment Act

Register 
Wednesday, December 8,2021  What is Overtime and When Must Employers Pay It? 

This webinar discusses the basic overtime rules in Saskatchewan, including when overtime is earned by the day and the week, overtime exemptions, and special rules. 

Register 
Wednesday, December 15, 2021  Setting up Overtime Time Banks 

This webinar discusses the rules for setting up overtime banks under The Saskatchewan Employment Act

Register 
Wednesday, January 12, 2021  Paying Employees in a Week With a Public Holiday 

This webinar discusses pay for working on a public holiday, overtime payable during the week of a public holiday, and public holiday pay. 

Register 
Wednesday, January 26, 2022  Modified Work Arrangements and Averaging of Hours Permits 

This webinar discusses the requirements associated with averaging hours of work with a modified work arrangement and averaging hours permits. 

Register 
Wednesday, February 9, 2022  Permits to Vary Certain Employment Standards 

This webinar discusses a number of different permits which allow for flexibility within specific sections of the legislation provided the appropriate permit application is approved by the Director of Employment Standards.

Register 
Wednesday, February 23, 2022  Vacations and Vacation Pay 

This webinar discusses the rules for vacation entitlements and how vacation pay is calculated. 

Register 
Wednesday, March 9, 2022  The Foreign Worker Recruitment and Immigration Services Act - Requirements for Employers Recruiting Foreign Workers 

This webinar describes requirements of The Foreign Worker Recruitment and Immigration Services Act for employers who are planning to recruit foreign worker 

Register 
Wednesday, March 23, 2021  Employment Standards Misconceptions and Misunderstandings 

This webinar discusses several common misconceptions dealing with reporting for duty pay, vacation pay calculations, self-employed individuals, salaried employees, time cards, and payroll records. 

Register 

Recorded Webinars

Below is a list of previously recorded webinars. These recordings can be streamed from your computer and can be viewed at any time. You will not need to download any software to view the webinars, but you will need to register for the webinar before you can view the recording.

Webinar Topic Description Webinar recording
Applying for an Averaging of Hours Permit The rules for obtaining averaging of hours permits. We will also discuss permits to vary the days of rest rules to allow employees and employers to work longer hours in one part of an averaging period in return for more time off in another part of the averaging period. View webinar
Calculating Overtime for Employees Paid by Commission or Flat Rate A review of the regulatory requirements for calculating overtime and other payments for employees paid by commission or flat rate - including the associated requirements for keeping accurate records of the hours worked and the payments paid. View webinar
Common Employment Standards Misconceptions and Misunderstandings

This webinar discussed the following topics:

  • Discusses several common misconceptions dealing with reporting for the following:
  • Duty pay
  • Vacation pay calculations
  • Self-employed individuals
  • Salaried employees
  • Time cards
  • Payroll records
View webinar
Employment Leaves Employment standards for employment leaves, including entitlements, and the types of leaves available. View webinar
Employment Standards for Newcomers to Saskatchewan This webinar discussed information on Part II of The Saskatchewan Employment Act: Employment Standards
View webinar
Employment Standards in Food Services This webinar discussed the following topics:
  • When is an employee working?
  • Reporting for duty pay (was minimum call-out pay)
  • Schedules
  • Overtime and short-shifting
  • Public holiday pay
  • Paystubs
View webinar
Employment Standards Provisions for RM Road Construction and Maintenance Employees

This webinar discussed the following topics:

  • Hours of work and overtime rules affecting rural municipality road construction employees.
  • Keeping records of hours worked.
  • Public holiday rules affecting Rural Municipality construction employees.
View webinar
Family Leaves The rules for family leave. This includes the rules for taking maternity, adoption, and parental (MAP) leaves, crime-related child death or disappearance leave, bereavement leave, and interpersonal violence leave. View webinar
FWRISA Requirements for Employers Wishing to Recruit Foreign Nationals This webinar discussed the following topics:
  • Registration requirements
  • Prohibited practices
  • Record keeping requirements
  • Appeals of a Director's decision
  • Enforcement
View webinar
FWRISA Requirements for Foreign Worker Recruiters and Immigration Consultants This webinar discussed the following topics:
  • Licensing requirements
  • Prohibited practices
  • Record keeping rules
  • Appeals of a Director's decision
View webinar
FWRISA: Services Provided Under the Foreign Worker Recruitment and Immigration Services Act This webinar discussed the following topics:
  • Services offered
  • Obligations of employers, immigration consultants and foreign worker recruiters
  • Prohibited practices
  • Complaints made
  • Penalties
View webinar
Incentive Based Pay Systems The rules for calculating overtime for employees not paid by the hour, such as employees paid by the week, day, distance traveled, or percentage of the load. View webinar
Layoff and Termination

This webinar discussed the following topics:

  • The basic rules for ending employment under The Saskatchewan Employment Act
  • The impact of lifting COVID-19 pandemic public health restrictions
View webinar
Medical and Service Leaves The rules governing medical and service leaves. This includes leave for organ donation, critically ill child care, compassionate care, nomination/election and candidate/public office, reserve force service, and citizenship ceremony. We also discussed job protection for absences due to illness or injury. View webinar
Overview of Employment Standards A review of minimum wage and call-out, hours of work and schedules, overtime pay, vacations, public holidays, leaves, time cards and paydays, pay stubs or statements, layoff and termination, complaints and enforcement. View webinar
Payroll Records

This webinar discussed the following topics:

  • Deductions
  • Pay stubs
  • Payroll records
  • Records for young workers
View webinar
Paying Employees When Working in a Week with a Public Holiday

This webinar discussing the following topics:

  • Public holiday pay
  • Overtime in a week with a public holiday
  • Premium pay for work on a public holiday
  • Special rules
View webinar
Payment of Wages Payroll requirements set out under subdivisions 8 and 9 of Part II of The Saskatchewan Employment Act. We will discuss the general rules for paying employees and keeping records; what employees must be paid; when employees must be paid; how employees can be paid; what can be deducted; and requirements for providing pay stubs and keeping payroll records. View webinar
Permits 

This webinar discussed the following topics:

  • What is the purpose of a permit.
  • How to apply for a permit.
  • What permits are available
View webinar 
Rules for Employing Youth This webinar reviews the rules for employing youths from 14-15 years of age. Topics include: the minimum age of employment; responsibilities of young workers; special hours of work rules during the school term; and employment standards issues affecting most young workers. View Webinar
Schedules and Hours of Work The rules around scheduling and hours of work including the application of "week" and "day" schedules, and how the rules can be changed by using modified work arrangements and permits. View webinar;
Setting up a Modified Work Arrangement

This webinar discussed the following topics:

  • What is a modified work arrangement (MWA)?
  • When is a MWA suitable?
  • Where is a MWA not suitable?
  • What is required in a MWA?
  • How to create a MWA.
View webinar
Setting up Time Banks The rules around setting up a time bank (overtime bank) agreement between an employer and an employee. This includes what must be in an agreement, how overtime hours must be banked and used, and payouts. View webinar
Signing up for the Online Young Worker Readiness Certificate Course (YWRCC)  This nine-minute webinar demonstrates how to access the YWRCC and create an account.  View webinar 
Taking Maternity, Adoption and Parental Leave

Reviews the employment standards that apply when an employee wants to take time off work for maternity, adoption, or parental leave.

View webinar
The Saskatchewan Employment Act and COVID-19  Information about employment standards and occupational health and safety legislation related to COVID-19. Information about leaves, job protection for employees who are away from work for illness or accessing federal benefits, rules around vaccination requirement or COVID-19 test results for the workplace and vaccination leave.

View webinar

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Time Cards and Records of the Hours Worked This webinar discussed the rules for keeping records of the hours worked by employees. View webinar
Vacations and Vacation Pay Vacation entitlements, the rules for taking a vacation, and vacation pay. View webinar
When is Overtime Payable Basic overtime rules in Saskatchewan, including when overtime is earned by the day and the week, overtime exemptions, and special rules.  View webinar
Whistleblower Protections in The Saskatchewan Employment Act Protections in Part III of The Saskatchewan Employment Act (Employment Standards) for so called "whistleblowers" who report alleged wrongdoing to a supervisor or other lawful authority. View webinar

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