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Are you a new business owner?
If so, your first step is to figure out whether your business is federally or provincially regulated. If, like almost 90% of businesses your company is regulated provincially, check out the helpful guidelines and fact sheets on employment rights available through the website of Nova Scotia's Department of Labour and Advanced Education. Better yet, call our Business Counsellors toll free at 1-888-234-2232 for timely answers to your questions.
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What is Nova Scotia's minimum wage?
As of April 1, 2015 the minimum wage for inexperienced workers is $10.10 and for experienced workers is $10.60.
The minimum wage rate applies to a work week of 48 hours or less.
In Nova Scotia, Remembrance Day is a holiday under the Remembrance Day Act and is treated somewhat differently than the five paid holidays (New Year's Day, Good Friday, Canada Day, Labour Day and Christmas Day) that fall under the Labour Standards Code.
Most, but not all, employees who work on Remembrance Day and who have worked on at least 15 of the 30 calendar days immediately before Remembrance Day are entitled to receive a holiday with pay. Note that, employees who do not work on Remembrance Day, do not get paid for the day.
Employees in the following industries are not eligible for an alternate day off with pay even if they work on Remembrance Day:
For more details on the Remembrance Day holiday, check out the helpful FAQ provided by the NS Department of Labour and Advanced Education.
Generally, to receive a day off with pay for public holidays, an employee must:
If your employee qualifies for the public holiday and is given the day off, you must pay a regular day's pay for that holiday.
When employees work on a holiday and are qualified to be paid holiday pay, they are entitled to receive the amount they would have normally received for that day AND one and a half times their regular rate of wages for the number of hours worked on that holiday
For more details on these regulations and information on workers that are not covered by the rules for holiday pay, visit the Department of Labour and Advanced Education's fact sheet on paid public holidays.
The general rule is an employee must be given a 30-minute food or rest break if their shift is longer than five consecutive hours. Contact our Business Counsellors for exceptions to the general rule.
Vacation Pay is calculated as 4% of gross wages. For employees having worked for the same employer over a period of eight years or more, this rate rises to 6%.
Warning: Firing can be dangerous to your business' health. The rules that follow are general. Many exceptions, levels of legislation and regulation may apply. Please call us first at 1-888-234-2232 before taking any action.
In Nova Scotia, there are very specific regulations stipulating how to terminate an employee. The general rule is to either give written notice of termination or pay in lieu of notice. In Nova Scotia, the amount of notice an employer must give depends on how long the worker has been employed.