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Reinventing the Wheel: Changes to the Standard “40 Hour” Work Week and Expanded Decertification Timelines

Saskatchewan has overhauled all of its employment related laws and combined them into The Saskatchewan Employment Act. While the Act itself has been finalized it has not yet come into force and is not yet law. The hold-up appears to be the mammoth-sized Regulations which have not yet been released by the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety. The rumor is that the Act will be proclaimed into law at the end of March of 2014.

This is the largest overhaul of Saskatchewan employment laws in decades. No doubt there will be an adjustment period and there will be great improvements and challenges while workplaces across Saskatchewan must adjust to the new laws.

One of these potential changes that may pose a challenge is the reinvention of the “standard work week”. Another significant change is the expanded period for decertification applications.

The Standard Workweek

Currently a “standard work week” in Saskatchewan is 8 hours a day and 40 hours a week. An employee who works a...

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