Presentation. Labour Standards for Young Workers. The Labour Standards Act. protects workers by setting rules for minimum conditions of employment. ensures what we value as a society is reflected in our workplace rules. eliminates unfair competition. The Labour Standards Act.
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• The Act applies to most Saskatchewan employers and employees, no matter the hours employees work. This includes casual, part-time, seasonal and full-time workers.
• equal pay
Young workers are most often affected by the rules on:
• Most employees are entitled to a minimum payment each time their employer calls them out (or in) to work.
• They get minimum call-out pay (equal to three times the current minimum wage) or their wage for the hours worked, whichever is more
• Students in grade twelve or lower are exempt during the school year.
May 1, 2008
May 1, 2009
Minimum Wage and Minimum Call-out Pay Schedule
• Coffee breaks are not covered by Saskatchewan’s Labour Standards Act.
Employers in hotels, restaurants, educational institutions, hospitals, or nursing homes who require their employees to wear uniforms
shall provide, repair and launder that uniform free of charge and shall not deduct the cost from your wages.
Transportation for Certain Employees
Employees who finish work between 12:30 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. local time
must be provided free of charge to the employee’s place of residence.
Most workers are paid overtime:
• after 8 hours/day
• after 40 hours/week
• after 32 hours in a week in which a public holiday occurs
• at a rateof 1.5 x hourly wage
Some workers are not eligible for overtime pay:
• professional employees
Workers get work schedules which give one week’s notice of:
• Workers who are scheduled to work 6 hours or more get an unpaid
30-minute meal break for every five consecutive hours of work.
Length of Protected
Type of Illness/Injury
Not serious 12 days in a calendar year
Serious 12 weeks in a 52 week
WCB 26 weeks
0 - 3 mos.
3 mos. - 1 year
1 - 3 years
3 - 5 years
When notice is not given, the employee must be paid his/her regular wages in lieu of the notice time required.
Annual holiday pay is paid to all employees including:
Calculated on total wages over a 12-month period:
Wages for 12 months: $4000
Annual Holiday Pay:
$4000 x 3/52 (6%) = $230.77
New Year’s Day
Most employees get public holiday pay:
4 weeks wages: $400
Public Holiday Pay:
(1/20 or 5% x $400) = $20
If you work on a public holiday, you get paid a premium rate (time and one half) for all hours worked. This in addition to public holiday pay.
Public Holiday Pay
(1.5 x hours worked on the public holiday)
Only deductions required by law (Employment Insurance, Income Tax, C.P.P.) or voluntary employee purchases from the employer, may be taken from wages.
Your employer must provide a pay stub which gives information such as:
Male and female employees are entitled to equal pay when they perform similar work:
Pay rates can differ when based on:
The Labour Standards Branch:
An employee must make a claim for unpaid wages within one year of the time the unpaid wages were due.
1. Call the Labour Standards Branch for information.
2. Try to resolve with employer.
3. Ask for early resolution.
4. Make a formal complaint.
5. Complaint is investigated.
8. Employer or employee appeals.
6. Officer tries to collect money owed.
9. Final decision can be appealed.
7. Officer issues wage assessment.
Labour Standards Branch
Ministry of Advanced Education, Employment and Labour