Weekly Hours and Overtime
What is the regular work week? There is no standard work week.
(Note: If you belong to a union, check your collective agreement. You might have better hours of work and overtime provisions than the minimum protections found in the law.)
Are there limits to how long my boss can make me work? No, there's no limit on the number of hours, days, weeks, months that can be worked. The only limit is that you must have 24 hours off in a row every week. (The maximum hours of work for specific workplaces can be regulated by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council.)
Do I get a break? Your boss has to give you a ½-hour break after you work 5 hours in a row.
What about overtime pay? Employers are required by law to pay workers only one and a half times the minimum wage if they work more than 44 hours in a week. So if you earn more than $9 an hour (as of August 1, 2002), you get nothing extra for working more than 44 hours a week.
Can I refuse to work overtime? No. The law does not give workers this right.
Are any workers excluded from these rules? Yes, those who work in private homes (like domestics), independent contractors and those who provide agricultural services in workplaces of three employees or less, not counting family members.
What if I'm still not sure which rules apply to me? You can get employment standards information toll free at 1 888 452 2687.