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Our Labour Standards Branch promotes and enforces provincial employment standards established under the Labour Standards Act and Labour Standards Regulations. The Act and Regulations provide in depth information pertaining to legislation on annual holidays, hours of work, minimum wages and other employment standards.

Rights and Responsibilities for Employers and Employees

Below is a summary of what employers and employees need to know about their rights and responsibilities under the Labour Standards Act and Regulations.

Note: We have created an easy-to-use guide on how labour standards laws apply to you. See Rights and Responsibilities: A Guide to Labour Standards in Saskatchewan under Related Documents below.


The Labour Standards Act

The Labour Standards Act sets out the minimum conditions of employment for employers and employees in Saskatchewan. The Act contains provisions respecting annual holidays, public holidays, hours of work, minimum wages, and other employment standards.


The Labour Standards Regulations

The Labour Standards Regulations includes regulations pertaining to the application of the Labour Standards Act to certain employees and employers, benefits for part-time employees, group termination and the administration of the Act.


The Minimum Wage Regulations

The Minimum Wage Regulations establish the provincial minimum wage rate and minimum call-out pay. The Regulations also includes provisions relating to minimum age of employment or youth employment, statements of earnings, and special rules for employees employed in hotels, restaurants, educational institutions, hospitals and nursing homes.

Recent Labour Standards Amendments

Keep informed about recent changes to the Labour Standards Act and Regulations. 

Highway workers -  Regulation 9   
Regulation 9 of the Labour Standards Regulations was repealed on April 23, 2009. This regulation modified the overtime rules for highway workers engaged in designing, constructing, repairing or maintaining a highway outside a city, town or village.  Prior to April 23, 2009 these workers had their hours averaged over a two week period and were paid overtime if they worked more than 100 hours in that period.   Highway workers are now subject to the general rules respecting overtime, which require that overtime be paid for any hours worked in excess of eight hours per day or 40 hours per week.

Note: Regulation 9 continues to apply to contracts governing highway workers working on a road outside a city, town or village and their employers if the contract was entered into before April 23, 2009.

Minimum Age of Employment
The Minimum Wage Regulations were amended on August 8, 2009 to establish age 16 as the general minimum age of employment in Saskatchewan.  An ‘absolute’ minimum age of 14 was also established.  Fourteen and 15 year olds who want to work in Saskatchewan must:

  • obtain the consent of their parent or guardian;
  • obtain a Certificate of Completion from the Young Worker Readiness Certificate Course;
  • work no more than 16 hours during a school week; and
  • work no later than 10:00 p.m. on any day prior to a school day and before school starts on any day.
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The Minimum Wage Regulations were amended to establish age 16 as the general minimum age of employment in Saskatchewan.  An ‘absolute’ minimum age of 14 has also been established provided those 14 and 15 year old workers fulfil certain requirements. 

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