Newfoundland & Labrador
Weekly Hours and Overtime
What is the regular work week? It's 40 hours a 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? The limit is 16 hours a day.
Do I get a break? You get an hour unpaid break after you work 5 hours in a row. However, if you work alone and in circumstances where it's not practical for your to take the break, then you are not entitled to it.
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 40 hours a week. So if you make more than $9 an hour (as of November 1, 2002), you receive nothing extra for working more than 40 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. Your employer is not required to pay you the minimum wage overtime rate if you are:
- A live-in housekeeper or live-in child care provider and have an arrangement to take time off with pay instead of overtime after 40 hours a week.
- An agricultural farm worker (unless you work in fruit and vegetable production in a greenhouse or nursery).
- Employed in raising livestock.
In addition, those who are working or training in accountancy, architecture, law, medicine, pharmacy, engineering, surveying, teaching and veterinary science are fully excluded from hours of work and overtime provisions.
What if I'm still not sure which rules apply to me? You can contact the Department of Labour, 4th Floor, West Block Confederation Building,
P.O. Box 8700, St. John's Newfoundland, A1B 4J6. Telephone: 709 729 7420. Fax: 709 729 3445