Thursday, June 19, 2014

New column day

Here, offering a suggestion as to how to give Saskatchewan workers significantly more control over their working hours than they hold today.

For further reading...
- Again, the OECD report recommending a "right to ask" for flexible hours is here (PDF). And the UK already has similar legislation.
- The Saskatchewan Employment Act is available online here. And of particular note for the purposes of today's column, see sections 2-11 to 2-14 which provide the only protection for working hours, as well as section 2-63 which creates an employee notice requirement.
- Finally, for those wanting to delve into the case law on changes in hours, there are examples of a unilateral change in hours being treated as a constructive dismissal: see here and here. But even that only entitles an employee to receive pay in lieu of notice for having been terminated. And see here for an example as to how an employer can effectively insulate itself from any responsibility take employee availability into account (absent some legal protection to the contrary).

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