What are Saskatchewan’s Employment Standards?
The Saskatchewan Employment Act sets the minimum employment standards in the province. It also outlines the rights and responsibilities of employees and employers. While there are exceptions, such as federally-regulated industries, the legislation applies to most of the province’s workers and business owners.
An Overview of the Saskatchewan Employment Act for Employers
Employers regulated by Saskatchewan’s Employment Act should know what is legal and illegal in relation to operating their businesses. In the Act, they can reference the minimum employment standards for:
- General and statutory holidays and pay
- Scheduling, hours of work, and rest periods
- Overtime hours and overtime pay
- Job-protected leaves (e.g., personal and family responsibility leave / sick leave, maternity leave, parental leave, etc.)
- Minimum wage, earning deductions, payment of earnings
- Temporary layoffs, terminations, and pay
- Vacation entitlement and vacation pay
- Youth employment laws
At the very minimum, you must understand the basic employment standards to provide employees with their rights and fulfill your duties as an employer.
Employment Standards Enforcement
Saskatchewan’s employment standards are enforced through audits, inspections, penalties, prosecutions, and judgment collection. Failure to comply will result in administrative penalties and may lead to prosecution.
Amended Employment Standards Rules Employers Must Be Aware Of
On January 1, 2022, Saskatchewan Employment Act was amended. The Act now states that students, volunteers, and independent contractors will be protected against any form of harassment while in the workplace, including sexual harassment.
It is essential for small business owners to understand how these amendments to employment standards impact the workplace. More importantly, as an employer, you must take the appropriate actions to meet these new minimum standards by reviewing and revising workplace policies, procedures, and operating practices to ensure your business is compliant.
Unlimited Advice on Saskatchewan’s Employment Standards
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