Balancing work and home life

Official title: Balancing work and home life – Effective September 1, 2019, know the fact

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Federal labour standards set employment conditions such as hours of work, payment of wages, overtimes rules, vacation and general holidays, leaves and rights on termination of employment for federally regulated workplaces*.

A balance between work life and home life is important. Everyone benefits when this balance is achieved. To get there, employees and employers need to work together.

As of September 1, 2019, federally regulated employers and their employees have more options to help them achieve work-life balance.

Right to request flexible work arrangements - New

The following provides a summary of what is in the legislation but as long as the employee and their employer agree, flexible work arrangements are possible at any time during employment.



Advance notice of schedules, shift changes and the right to refuse overtime - New

Employers must provide employees with:


**Important: There are exceptions. For example, an employer may require an employee to work if doing so is necessary to deal with a situation that the employer could not have reasonably foreseen and that could reasonably be expected to present an imminent or serious:

Banking overtime - New

Employees may, with the written agreement from their employer, accumulate time off with pay for overtime worked at a rate of 1.5 hours banked for 1 overtime hour worked. For example 5 hours of overtime worked = 7.5 hours of time off with pay.

Annual vacations - New

Employees may, with the written agreement from their employertake their annual vacation in more than one period. For example, one week in June and one week in December. An employee may interrupt and postpone vacation leave to take another leave. For example, if an employee becomes sick during vacation.

Other improvements

For more on other improvements go to federal labour standards web page.

*A list of federally regulated workplaces can be found at Federally Regulated Businesses and Industries.

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