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Each province maintains labour standards that dictate the rules employers are to follow for payment of their employees. Newfoundland and Labrador is no exception. Here are some guidelines to help you meet your Newfoundland and Labrador employment standards.
A work week is seven consecutive days as designated by the employer. If the employer does not designate a week, then it is seven consecutive days starting at midnight on Sunday. Employees must receive twenty-four consecutive hours off work in each week; if possible the day off should be Sunday.
After five consecutive hours of work an employee is entitled to a one hour break. This break is not paid, unless the employer maintains the right of direction or control during this period, in which case it is paid.
Overtime must be paid on any hours worked over forty hours per week. The minimum overtime rate is 1.5 times the minimum wage rate. Minimum wage is currently $11/hour which means the minimum overtime rate is $16.50/hour.
Yes. Instead of overtime pay an employee may receive 1.5 hours of paid time off work for each hour of overtime worked when an employee and employer agree to do so. This is subject to two conditions:
No. If a request to change shifts is submitted in writing to the employer, and the employer approves the request resulting in an affected employee working more than forty hours, the employer is not required to pay overtime pay.
If an employee is called in to work and isn’t require to work at least three hours, the employer must either:
If an employee is scheduled to work two hours a day, then they must only be paid for the two hours worked.
If an employee reports for a shift of more than three hours and finds it cancelled they must be paid for three hours.
If an employer requests that an employee be present at the workplace, then the employee should be paid. For example: