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 employees receive overtime under the terms of their collective agreement. 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 Averaging of Hours 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, Saskatchewan S4P 4W1