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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 labour standards act
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 act1
The Labour Standards Act

• 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.

complaints and enforcement
Complaints and Enforcement

The Labour Standards Branch:

  • provides information and advice.
  • investigates and helps to resolve workplace complaints.
  • will accept anonymous and third party complaints
complaints and enforcement1
Complaints and Enforcement

An employee must make a claim for unpaid wages within one year of the time the unpaid wages were due.

complaints and enforcement2
Complaints and Enforcement

1. Call the Labour Standards Branch for information.

2. Try to resolve with employer.

3. Ask for early resolution.

4. Make a formal complaint.

complaints and enforcement3
Complaints and Enforcement

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.

anonymous and third party complaints
Anonymous and Third Party Complaints
  • Anyone (parent, teacher or member of the community) can fill a third party or anonymous complaint with the Labour Standards Branch.
  • The person laying the complaint must complete a form and provide proof that this is a valid complaint (pay stubs, work schedule).
the labour standards branch
The Labour Standards Branch

Labour Standards Branch

Ministry of Advanced Education, Employment and Labour

1-800-667-1783

www.aeel.gov.sk.ca/LS

www.aeel.gov.sk.ca/youthatwork

labour standards interactive quiz

Labour Standards Interactive Quiz

Click mouse on button to advance

slide10

The law governing wages and working conditions in Saskatchewan is:

The Labour

Standards Act

The Workers’

Compensation Act

The Occupational

Health and Safety

Act

The Human

Rights Act

Click on the correct box to select your answer

answer
Answer

The Labour Standards Act

slide12

16 years

14 years

2

1

15 years

3

All of the above

4

How old must I be before I can work in Saskatchewan?

answer1
Answer

All of the above

You must be 16 years of age to work in

Saskatchewan. However, 14 and 15 year olds can

work if they have the permission of one of

their parents or guardians and a

Certificate of Completion from

the Young Worker Readiness Certificate Course.

slide14

$7.55/hour

$7.90/hour

2

1

$8.00/hour

3

None of the above

4

What is the current minimum wage

in Saskatchewan?

answer2
Answer

None of the above

Minimum wage is $10.00 (December 1, 2012).

slide16

Under labour standards, how many hours do I have to work in a day before I get overtime pay?

8 hours

7 ¾ hours

8 ½ hours

7¼ hours

answer3

8 hours

Under Labour Standards workers are

paid overtime for any hours worked

over eight hours in a day, or 40 hours

in a week, or 32 hours in a week

with a public holiday. There are

some exceptions to this rule.

Answer
slide19

Yes

Employers can have a ‘permit’ from the Labour Standards Branch which allows them to have their employees work more than eight hours in a day and not be paid overtime pay.

Answer

slide20

According to Labour Standards,

how much do I get paid

if I work overtime?

1.50 x

hourly wage

1.25 x

hourly wage

2.00 x

hourly wage

1.75 x

hourly wage

slide22

If I work for eight hours,

how many meal breaks do I get?

0

3

2

1

slide23

My work schedule

must cover a

2-week

time period

My employer

doesn’t have to give

me a work

schedule

1

2

My work

schedule must cover

a 1-week period

3

My employer

can change my work

schedule whenever

s/he wants

4

What is the rule concerning

work schedules?

answer5
Answer

My work schedule

must cover at least a

1-week time period

slide25

I get nothing as I

haven’t actually

worked

I get minimum

call-out pay

2

1

If my boss buys me

lunch, we are even

3

I must be paid for

three hours

4

When I showed up for my regular shift

(2:00 - 10:30 p.m.) today, I was told there was no work for me today. Do I get paid, even though I didn’t work?

answer6
Answer

I get minimum call-out pay

When workers report to work as scheduled,

even when there is no work for them, they get minimum call-out pay. It is three times the current minimum wage, or their wage for the hours they worked, whichever is more.

Students in grade twelve or lower do not get minimum call-out pay during the school term.

Current minimum call-out pay is

$30.00(December 1, 2012).

slide27

When I quit my job, I must give

my employer advance notice of:

0 weeks

1 week

2 weeks

3 weeks

answer7
Answer

0 weeks

Under The Labour Standards Act,

employees do not have to give their employers

notice that they are leaving their job.

However, it is recommended that they do so.

slide29

If an employer wants to lay me off after working for six months,

I must get advance notice of:

0 weeks

1 week

3 weeks

2 weeks

answer8
Answer

1 week

The amount of notice of lay-off employees get

depends upon how long they have worked for

that employer.

0-3 months: no notice is required

3 months to 1 year: 1-week notice

1-3 years: 2-weeks notice

If an employee is let go for ‘just cause’,

no notice is required.

slide31

I have worked two months. My boss wants to lay me off immediately. Since he can’t give me advance notice, he must give me pay in lieu of notice of:

0 weeks

1 week

2 weeks

3 weeks

answer9
Answer

0 weeks

Employees must have worked for the same

employer for three continuous months

(probationary period) before they get

notice they are being laid off

or to receive pay in lieu of the notice.

Pay in lieu of notice is the employee’s

normal wages for the notice period.

slide33

After working part-time for a year

for the same employer, I am entitled

to a vacation leave of:

2 weeks

1 week

4weeks

3 weeks

answer10
Answer

3 weeks

All employees, no matter the number of hours they work (part-time, full-time, casual or seasonal), get three weeks of annual vacation leave after one year of employment.

slide35

Money I get

only if I take

a holiday

Money I get

if I don’t take

a holiday

1

2

Money I get

only if

my boss likes me

3

Money I get

for annual vacation

leave whether or not

I take it

4

What is annual holiday pay?

answer11
Answer

Money I get for annual vacation leave whether or not I take it

Annual holiday (vacation) pay is paid at a rate of 3/52 of my total wage for a year if I have worked nine years or less for the same employer.

slide37

Full-time

workers

only

Full-time &

part-time

workers only

1

2

Everyone

except casual

employees

3

All employees

4

Who gets annual holiday pay?

answer12

All employees

All employees, no matter the number of hours they work (full-time, part-time, temporary, casual and seasonal), get annual holiday pay.

Answer
slide39

Boxing Day

Halloween

(only if you have

children)

1

2

Thanksgiving

Day

4

Easter

3

Which of the following is a public or statutory holiday?

answer13
Answer

Thanksgiving Day

There are ten public holiday days in Saskatchewan: New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Saskatchewan Day, Thanksgiving, Remembrance Day, and Christmas Day.

slide41

Pay I get

whenever there is

a public

holiday

Pay I get only if a

holiday falls on

a regular day of

work for me

1

2

Pay I get for a public

holiday only if I

work full-time

3

Pay I get only if

I work the day

before the

public holiday

4

What is public holiday pay?

answer14

Pay I get whenever there is

a public holiday

It is calculated by multiplying regular wages earned in the four weeks prior to the holiday

by 1/20 (5%).

Answer
slide43

Must give me

time off

with pay

Cannot lay me

off because

I’m sick or

injured

1

2

Must

give me two days

unpaid sick leave

every month

4

Can deduct

my wages for

time missed

3

I have worked at the same place for a year and I need time off to have surgery. According to labour standards,

my employer:

answer15
Answer

Cannot lay me off because I’m sick or injured

Employers may not discharge (lay-off) or discipline employees who have worked for them for at least 13 continuous weeks if they are absent because of illness or injury. The amount of time the job is protected depends upon the seriousness of the illness or injury.

slide45

One day off

in every

seven days

Two days off

in every

seven days

1

2

No days off

3

One

Sunday off

in a month

4

As a full-time gas jockey working in

a service station with 12 employees,

I am entitled to:

answer16
Answer

Two days off in every seven days

Retail workers (gas jockey) who work 20 hours or more in a week in a business with 10 or more employees

get two days off in every seven days.

Workers in other types of businesses get one day off in every seven days if

they work 20 hours or more in a week.

slide47

My employer can take a cash shortage off my pay cheque if I fail to give

a customer the correct change.

True

False

answer17

False

Only deductions required by law

(CPP, EI or income tax) can be taken off

your wages. However, an employee might

be held responsible for cash shortages if

the employer takes the employee to court

and wins.

Answer
slide49

According to Saskatchewan’s Labour Standards Act, I am entitled to a 15-minute coffee break every four hours.

True

False

answer18
Answer

False

Saskatchewan’s Labour Standards Act does not require that coffee breaks be given to employees. However, if your employer wishes to give you a coffee break, it is considered to be time worked and must be paid.

slide51

Only if I work in

a clothing store

Only if I work in

a hotel or restaurant

1

2

All of the above

4

Only if I work

in a service station

3

If I have to wear a uniform to do my job, my employer has to pay for it.

answer19

Only if I work in a hotel or restaurant

If employers in a restaurant, hotel, educational institution, hospital or nursing home

require their employees to wear a uniform,

the employer must be responsible for providing, repairing and laundering

the uniform free-of-cost to the employee.

Answer
slide53

Service station owners have to provide their workers who finish work after midnight with a ride home.

True

False

answer20
Answer

False

Only employees who work in a hotel, restaurant, educational institution, hospital or nursing home, and finish work between 12:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., must be provided free transportation home.

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