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Employment Standards

Employment Standards is the government body that deals with workplace rights and responsibilities for Saskatchewan employees and employers. They deal with pay, work days, time off and leaving or losing a job. They also handle complaints about violations of workplace rights or responsibilities.

There are some employees and employers that are not covered by employment standards. These include...

  • self-employed people who do not have employees
  • family businesses
  • babysitters
  • student learners
  • athletes participating in athletic activities
  • federally-regulated businesses such as banks, airports or television broadcasting – these employees are regulated by the Canada Labour Code

Employers and workers may have concerns about working or returning to work during the current Covid-19 outbreak. Worksafe Saskatchewan has information to help employers and workers stay safe.


Rules about pay deal with more than just minimum wage. There are also rules about such things as how payments are made, deductions, statements of earnings, uniforms and call-out pay.

Hours of Work

There are many rules about scheduled work hours, time off between shifts and overtime. It is important for both employers and employees to understand these rights and responsibilities.

Time Off

Scheduled time away from work is critical for balancing work with everything else that life demands. Whether it's vacation time or leave to deal with a particular matter, employees have certain rights.

Leaving or Losing Your Job

Employees have certain protections in place to safeguard their job and provide for notice in the event that they are being let go.

Workplace Complaints

If you are concerned that your rights under Employment Standards may have been violated, the Employment Standards Division can investigate the matter and take appropriate action to remedy the situation.

Special Vaccination Leave Introduced

As of March 18, 2021, The Saskatchewan Government amended the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 2020 to allow for paid time off from work for employees to get vaccinated for COVID-19, effective immediately. Special Vaccination Leave is similar to provisions allowing residents to vote during a general election. The special vaccination leave requires that during the pandemic:

  • Workers are entitled to three consecutive hours leave during work hours to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Workers are entitled to more than three consecutive hours if the employer determines the circumstances warrant a longer break from work.
  • Workers do not lose any pay or other benefits while taking time off to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

PLEA can provide you with information to help you understand many legal matters you, a family member or friend may be facing.

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