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Each province maintains employment standards that dictate the rules employers are to follow for payment of their employees. Prince Edward Island is no exception. Here are some guidelines to help you meet your Prince Edward Island 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 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.
For example: If a sales associate is working alone in a store and they are not permitted to leave or to close to take a break the employer is retaining the right of direction during the break period; therefore, the employee would get paid for their break.
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 (2017) $11.25/hour which means the minimum overtime rate is $16.88/hour. On April 1, 2018, a new Minimum Wage Order will come into effect with the minimum wage being set at $11.55/hour which means the minimum overtime rate will be $17.33/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:
If an employee is called in to work and isn’t require to work at least three hours, the employer must either:
Do I have to pay employees for undertaking duties that cannot be completed during their normal work day?
If an employer requests that an employee be present at the workplace, then the employee should be paid. For example:
It is not unreasonable however for an employer to request an employee to be on the work premises 15 minutes early to confirm they are ready for their shift. If an employee commences work in those 15 minutes, they must be paid for the time worked.