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Consolidated Newfoundland Regulation 1996



Labour Standards Regulations
under the
Labour Standards Act
(O.C. 96‑261)

Under the authority of sections 26, 28, 58 and 66 of the Labour Standards Act and the Subordinate Legislation Revision and Consolidation Act, the Lieutenant‑Governor in Council makes the following regulations.



        1.   Short title

        2.   Definitions

        3.   Application

        4.   Observance of public holidays

        5.   Standard working hours

        6.   Weekly day of rest

        7.   Rest periods

        8.   Minimum wage

        9.   Overtime

      10.   Overtime less than 3 hours

      11.   Minimum wage application

      12.   Notice of termination

      13.   Non‑application of section 57

      14.   Repeal

Short title

        1. These regulations may be cited as the Labour Standards Regulations.

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        2. In these regulations

             (a)  "Act" means the Labour Standards Act;

             (b)  "construction industry" means the on‑site constructing, erecting, altering, decorating, repairing or demolishing of buildings, structures, roads, sewers, water mains, pipe lines, tunnels, shafts, bridges, wharves, piers, canals or other works;

             (c)  "livestock" means horses, cattle, sheep, goats, swine, fur bearing animals raised in captivity, poultry and other domestic animals kept for farm purposes; and

             (d)  "remote area" means an area in which the only living accommodation for an employee consists of

                      (i)  bunk‑house accommodation, or

                     (ii)  other accommodation of a temporary character which is operated in conjunction with the operations being conducted by an employer.

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        3. Except where the contrary is indicated, these regulations apply to all employers and employees and to persons who are parties to a contract of service.

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Observance of public holidays

        4. The public holidays of New Year's Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Labour Day and Christmas Day required to be observed under paragraphs 14(1)(a), (b), (c), (d) and (e) of the Act shall be observed on the dates proclaimed by the Lieutenant‑Governor in Council under section 4 of the Shops Closing Act.

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Standard working hours

        5. (1) For the purpose of paragraph 21(a) of the Act, "standard working hours" means 40 hours in a week.

             (2)  For the purpose of paragraph 21(b) of the Act, "week" means a period of 7 continuous days commencing after midnight on a Saturday.

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Weekly day of rest

        6. Section 22 of the Act does not apply to an employee who is

             (a)  subject to a collective agreement within the meaning of the Labour Relations Act or the Fishing Industry Collective Bargaining Act;

             (b)  employed in a remote area of the province and who notifies his or her employer in writing, and does not revoke that notification in writing, that he or she does not wish section 22 of the Act to apply to his or her employment; or

             (c)  a crew member of a ferry boat.

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Rest periods

        7. Section 24 of the Act does not apply to

             (a)  an employee who is a crew member of a ferry boat;

             (b)  an employee who is subject to a collective agreement within the meaning of the Labour Relations Act or the Fishing Industry Collective Bargaining Act; or

             (c)  an employee who works alone and in circumstances where it is impracticable for that employee to take a rest period.

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Minimum wage

        8. Every employer shall pay to every employee, 16 years of age and over, a rate of wages not less than $4.75 an hour.

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        9. (1) For the purpose of section 25 of the Act, overtime wages shall be paid at a rate not less than $7.12 an hour.

             (2)  Section 25 of the Act does not apply to a person employed

             (a)  in the planting, cultivating and harvesting of farm produce other than the production of fruit and vegetables in greenhouse and nursery operations;

             (b)  in the raising of livestock; or

             (c)  as a live‑in housekeeper or baby‑sitter where there is an arrangement by which the housekeeper or baby‑sitter is entitled to time off with pay instead of time worked in excess of 40 hours per week.

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Overtime less than 3 hours

     10. Where an employee who reports for previously scheduled work or whose employer calls him or her to report to work is required to perform less than 3 hours of work, the employer shall either

             (a)  permit his or her employee to work at least 3 consecutive hours; or

             (b)  pay his or her employee instead of work for an unworked portion of the 3 hours wages at the minimum wage set out in section 8 or the overtime wage rate as set out in subsection 9(1), whichever is appropriate for the period unworked.

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Minimum wage application

     11. The minimum rates of wages prescribed by these regulations apply to

             (a)  an employee whether paid on the basis of an hourly rate of pay or on the basis of a fixed wage for a week or a month or a part of a month; and

             (b)  an employee whether remunerated either wholly or in part on a commission basis.

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Notice of termination

     12. Section 52 of the Act does not apply to a person employed in the construction industry.

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Non‑application of section 57

     13. Section 57 of the Act does not apply to a contract of service

             (a)  that is or has become impossible of performance or is frustrated by a fortuitous or unforeseeable event or circumstance;

             (b)  of a person who is laid off after refusing an offer by his or her employer of reasonable alternate work;

             (c)  of a person who is laid off after refusing alternate work made available to him or her through a seniority system;

             (d)  of a person who is on lay‑off and does not return to work within a reasonable time after being requested to do so by his or her employer;

             (e)  of a person who is laid off or terminated during or as a result of a strike or lock‑out at his or her place of employment;

              (f)  of a person who is employed in the construction industry;

             (g)  of a person who is employed in logging or fishing;

             (h)  of a person employed for seasonal production work in a fish plant to supplement the regular work force in peak production periods;

              (i)  of a person who is employed under an arrangement whereby he or she may elect to work or not for a temporary period when requested to do so;

              (j)  of a person who, having reached the age of retirement according to the established practice of the employer, has his or her employment terminated;

             (k)  of a person who is employed on an offshore oil well drilling rig; or

              (l)  where there is continued or uninterrupted employment of an employee as referred to in section 6 of the Act.

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      14. The Labour Standards Regulations, 1993, Newfoundland Regulation 214/93, are repealed.