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Averaging of Hours Permit

The averaging of hours permit allows employers to condense employee work time for shift cycles requiring a longer day or a longer period of averaging than allowed in a Modified Work Arrangement.

Section 2-20 of The Saskatchewan Employment Act outlines the requirements that allow these permits. This permit requires the support of a majority of the employees.

A typical work schedule of the affected employees for one averaging period is to be attached to this permit application. The schedule must include days of work and hours of work per day. The permit will be based on this work schedule.

Employment Standards will issue averaging of hours permits that allow all employees to participate in a scheduling system that provides for shifts that are longer than eight hours, including casual or part-time employees that work less than 30 hours per week. Under the permit, these employees can cover full shifts without the payment of overtime. For example, where an employer and a majority of the employees agree to a 12-hour shift rotation and obtain an averaging permit, the employer can schedule casual or part-time employees to cover the normal 12-hour shift without the payment of overtime.

The employer must continue to provide employees with work schedules that are at least one week long.

Obtaining a Permit

Permit applications should be submitted at least two weeks before the permit is required.

A schedule must be included with the permit application form. The application will not be processed otherwise.

The form should be completed and returned to:

Employment Standards
Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety
Sturdy Stone Building, 8th Floor
122 - 3rd Avenue North
Saskatoon SK S7K 2H6

Application forms can also be submitted by fax to 306-933-5444 or by email to:

Download the Averaging of Hours Permit

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