The Saskatchewan Employment Act and regulations set out the minimum employment standards in the workplace. Permits allow for certain employment standards to be varied on a case by case basis. Permits can be approved, rejected, revoked, or altered by the Executive Director of Employment Standards.
Employees affected by the permits are still entitled to all other requirements of The Saskatchewan Employment Act, including overtime, annual holidays, and public holidays.
The Two Days' Rest in Seven Permit allows employees who work more than 20 hours per week in the retail industry to change the rules regarding their days off or "period of rest". The "period of rest" rules in The Saskatchewan Employment Act require employers to provide a certain number of days of rest per week depending on the type of industry, the number of employees, and the amount of time an employee works per week. Section 2-13(5) of The Saskatchewan Employment Act outlines the requirements that allow these arrangements.
Employees working at retail businesses with more than 10 employees are entitled to two consecutive days off per week, one of which is a Saturday or Sunday whenever possible. This permit allows an employer and the employees to agree to take the two days off in a week without the days being consecutive.
Permit applications will not be processed unless a schedule is attached.
How to Apply
Employment Standards only issues permits to employers. Non-unionized employers must obtain a permit from the Executive Director of Employment Standards. Unionized workplaces must obtain the written agreement of the trade union representing the employees affected by the permit. Self-employed persons do not require permits.
Applications must be completed, signed, and returned to the Employment Standards Division for approval.
To ensure fairness, the Executive Director may require separate permit applications for each:
- Job site or business location; and/or
- Category of employee, within the same organization, where jobs performed by each category or employee are different.
To allow for sufficient processing time, employers should submit their permit applications at least two weeks before they are required. Permits will not be issued retroactively except in exceptional circumstances.
All permit applications require the written consent of the affected employees or a representing union. By providing their signature, employees show that they support the application for a permit.
The Executive Director may accept a permit application in which not all of the affected employees have signed the permit if a majority of the employees who are impacted have indicated their support. Affected employees may choose (or the Executive Director may order) a secret ballot vote to ensure there is support for a permit application.
Where a job requires heavy physical or a higher than normal mental effort and due care, non-standard and extended work shifts can affect workers' levels of alertness and their performance towards the end of an extended shift. This can result in a greater chance of an incident or injury during the extended portion of the shift.
Therefore, a higher than average time loss work injury rate may be a consideration when determining if an application is to be approved for shift arrangements longer than 10 hours.
Download the Two Days' Rest in Seven Permit
Please mail or drop off all documents and the completed application form to:
Employment Standards Division
Ministry of Labour and Workplace Safety
300 - 1870 Albert Street
Regina, SK S4P 4W1