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Two Days' Rest in Seven Permit

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.

A typical work schedule of the affected employees 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.

Obtaining a Permit

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

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 two days' rest in seven permit application

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