10 Steps for Hours of Work Compliance & Minimizing Employee Burnout

Get the step-by-step guide on how to navigate hours of work regulations in Canada, including information on daily and weekly hour limits, rest periods, and work refusal rights.

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Are you Risking Employment Standards Liability for Overworking Your employees?

Roughly 30% of Canadian employees report feeling that their work hours are too long. Though the standard workday is typically 8 hours, skilled labour is in short supply and employers are asking employees to work longer shifts. In addition to increased employee burnout, demanding longer work hours from staff exposes you to liabilities.

Download the step-by-step guide to hours of work compliance and review the laws and regulations specific to your jurisdiction. Take a closer look at HR Insider’s resources on
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Working Hours Requirements

In many jurisdictions, the standard workday after which overtime at time and a half is required is typically 8 hours. Several jurisdictions establish a specific maximum daily hour limit. BC, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland do not have specific daily hour limits but achieve the same basic result with limitations on hours in between shifts.

In 6 jurisdictions employer must provide employees a minimum of 8 consecutive hours between shifts during which employees must be totally free from work, however, there are exceptions to these requirements depending on your jurisdiction. Additionally, there is a limit imposed on the number of days per week and employee can work consecutively without a 24-hour break.

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While British Columbia is the most recent jurisdiction in Canada to pass pay transparency legislation, several other jurisdictions have also passed various forms of pay transparency laws, including Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador. Ontario is also taking steps towards increased pay transparency with the recent introduction of Bill 149, the Working for Workers Four Act, 2023, which aims to close the gender pay gap and better equip workers with compensation information while searching for jobs.

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