Notification of Hours of Work
Employers must give employees notice of when their work begins and ends over a period of at least one week. Notice can be
The notice must be posted at least one week prior to the start of the work schedule and employers must give at least one weeks’ notice of a change in the schedule. The week’s notice does not apply when there is an unexpected, unusual, or emergency circumstance. Employers must keep these records for five years.
- personally given to the employee;
- posted in the workplace;
- posted online on a secure website that the employee has access to; or
- provided in any other manner that informs the employee of the schedule.
Employers can set a work week as any period of seven consecutive days, as long as the period is consistently used in setting an employee’s work schedule.
A regular week has 40 hours. The employer may choose to schedule work over five eight hour days or four 10 hour days during the week schedule.
Employers may be able to obtain authorization to vary the requirement to post a work schedule or a change to the work schedule. Please see Permits for more information.
Limit on Hours an Employee Is Required to Work per Week
Overtime rules apply to eligible employees after 40 hours in a regular work week. An employer must get the employee’s consent to work more than 44 hours in a week. The employee cannot be disciplined for refusing unless there is an emergency.
Overtime rules apply to eligible employees after 32 hours in a week with a public holiday. If a public holiday occurs in a week, the employer must have the employee’s consent to work more than 36 hours that week . The employer can require the employee to work more than 36 hours when there is an emergency circumstance. Please see Overtime for more information.
Employees are entitled to a period of eight consecutive hours of rest in any period of 24 hours. Employees must receive this break unless there is an emergency circumstance.
Days of Rest
Employees who usually work 20 hours or more per week must get 24 consecutive hours away from work in every seven days (except when fighting forest or prairie fires).
Employees in the retail trade get two consecutive days off in every seven days, one of which is a Saturday or Sunday whenever possible. In the retail trade, the two consecutive days off do not apply to:
- Businesses with less than 10 employees; or
- Employees who work less than 20 hours per week.
Employers may be able to obtain authorization to vary the requirement. Please see Permits for more information.