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Hours of Work and Overtime

Under normal circumstances, employers must grant employees a rest period of at least 24 hours in every 7 days. Exceptions may be made for emergency situations. Employees must be paid overtime wages (usually 1˝ times the regular wage) for each hour worked after 48 hours in a week. In some cases, overtime workers may accept “time in lieu” instead of overtime pay. This means workers accumulate credit for overtime worked, and are later awarded time off instead of extra pay.

Vacation

Employers must give every employee a vacation of two weeks after 12 months of work, and within the following 10 months. Employers must give employees vacation pay amounting to at least 4 percent of gross wages. This is usually paid before the vacation, but may instead be added to each pay cheque throughout the year.

Holidays

The labour laws of Nova Scotia give employees who qualify five holidays with pay. They are:

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Good Friday (the Friday before Easter)
  • Canada Day (July 1)
  • Labour Day (first Monday in September)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

To receive pay for these holidays, you must have worked at least 15 of the 30 calendar days before the holiday. If you work through a statutory holiday, you may be entitled to extra pay.

If you work on Remembrance Day (November 11), you may be entitled to a paid vacation day. Check with your employer to ensure you receive proper compensation for holidays.

Businesses may also close for the following non-statutory (unpaid) holidays: Easter Monday (Monday after Easter), Victoria Day (3rd Monday in May), Natal Day (First Monday in August), Thanksgiving Day (Second Monday in October), Boxing Day (December 26).

Uniform Closing Days

Retail businesses in Nova Scotia may remain open on Sundays and all holidays except Remembrance Day. To protect workers who wish to observe Sundays and other holidays as days of rest, the Labour Standards Code gives employees in some retail businesses the right to refuse to work on “Uniform Closing Days”, without fear of punishment.

Uniform closing days are:

  • Sundays
  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Good Friday (the Friday before Easter)
  • Canada Day (July 1)
  • Labour Day (first Monday in September)
  • Thanksgiving Day (second Monday in October)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • Boxing Day December 26)

Not all retail employees have the right to refuse to work on uniform closing days. Certain businesses are exempt from the rule. For information on uniform closing days and exemptions, visit http://www.gov.ns.ca/lwd/employmentrights/uniformclosingfaq.asp.

Parental Leave

If you have worked for an employer for at least one year, you may take a parental leave of absence to care for newborn or newly adopted children. This unpaid leave may last up to 52 weeks. Expecting women may take pregnancy leave lasting up to 17 weeks. The leave may begin up to 16 weeks before the expected date of delivery, and must include at least one week after the date of delivery.














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