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Each province maintains labour standards that dictate the rules employers are to follow for payment of their employees. Nova Scotia is no exception. Here are some guidelines to help you meet Nova Scotia labour 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 half 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 eight hours per week. The minimum overtime rate is 1.5 times the minimum wage rate. Minimum wage is currently (2018) $11.00/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 the condition that:
If an employee is called in to work and isn’t required to work at least three hours, the employer must either:
If an employee reports for a shift of more than three hours and finds it cancelled they must be paid for three hours.
An employer who pays minimum wage and who pays employees by the hour must round up parts of hours worked 15 minutes and over. If an employee works for between 15 and 30 minutes, the employer must pay for one half-hour (or for 30 minutes). If the employee works for between 31 and 60 minutes, the employer must pay the employee for one full hour (or for 60 minutes).
Even if the employee is paid more than minimum wage, the amount paid for partial hours cannot be less than the amount that would have been paid for the day at minimum wage. For example, if an employee works for 2.25 hours at $10.90, the employee's wage would be $24.53. If the employee worked at minimum wage (currently $10.85/hour), they would earn $27.13 (2.5 x $10.85) because the employer would have to round up the employee's time to 2.5 hours. The employee is, therefore, owed an additional $2.60 for this day ($27.13 - $24.53)
If an employer requests that an employee be present at the workplace, then the employee should be paid. For example:
For further information please visit the Nova Scotia Labour Standards page