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Canada Labour Standards Regulations (C.R.C., c. 986)

Regulations are current to 2020-07-28 and last amended on 2020-07-10. Previous Versions

Notices to Be Posted

  •  (1) Where a permit is granted by the Minister under section 176 of the Act, the employer shall post copies of the permit.

  • (2) Every employer shall post notices containing the information set out in Schedule II.

  • (3) Every employer shall post copies of the policy statement referred to in section 247.4 of the Act.

  • SOR/91-461, s. 22
  • SOR/94-668, s. 8

Notice of Group Termination

[SOR/91-461, s. 23]

 A notice of termination given pursuant to subsection 212(1) of the Act shall, in addition to the information required by paragraphs 212(3)(a) and (b) of the Act, set out

  • (a) the name of the employer;

  • (b) the location at which the termination is to take place;

  • (c) the nature of the industry of the employer;

  • (d) the name of any trade union certified to represent any employee in the group of employees whose employment is to be terminated or recognized by the employer as bargaining agent for any such employees; and

  • (e) the reason for the termination of employment.

  • SOR/91-461, s. 24

Industrial Establishment for Group Termination

[SOR/91-461, s. 25(F)]

 For the purposes of Division IX of the Act, the following are designated as industrial establishments:

  • (a) all branches, sections and other divisions of federal works, undertakings and businesses that are located in a region established pursuant to paragraph 54(w) of the Employment Insurance Act; and

  • (b) all branches, sections and other divisions listed in Schedule I.

  • SOR/79-309, s. 4
  • SOR/86-628, s. 1
  • SOR/91-461, s. 26
  • SOR/2002-113, s. 6

Exemption from Group Termination

[SOR/91-461, s. 27(F)]

 Every employer shall be exempt from the application of Division IX of the Act in respect of the termination of employment of

  • (a) employees employed on a seasonal basis; or

  • (b) employees employed on an irregular basis under an arrangement whereby the employee may elect to work or not to work when requested to do so.

  • SOR/91-461, s. 28

Continuity of Employment

[SOR/94-668, s. 9; SOR/2002-113, s. 7; SOR/2006-231, s. 1]

 For the purposes of Divisions IV, VII, VIII, X, XI, XIII, XIV and XV.2 of the Act, the absence of an employee from employment is deemed not to have interrupted continuity of employment if

  • (a) the employee is absent from employment as a result of a lay-off that is not a termination under these Regulations; or

  • (b) the employer permits or condones the employee’s absence from employment.

  • SOR/91-461, s. 29
  • SOR/2009-194, s. 3

Lay-offs that Are Not Termination for the Purposes of Severance Pay, Group or Individual Termination of Employment

[SOR/91-461, s. 30(F)]
  •  (1) For the purposes of Divisions IX, X and XI of the Act and subject to subsection (2), a lay-off of an employee shall not be deemed to be a termination of the employee’s employment by his employer where

    • (a) the lay-off is a result of a strike or lockout;

    • (b) the term of the lay-off is 12 months or less and the lay-off is mandatory pursuant to a minimum work guarantee in a collective agreement;

    • (c) the term of the lay-off is three months or less;

    • (d) the term of the lay-off is more than three months and the employer

      • (i) notifies the employee in writing at or before the time of the lay-off that he will be recalled to work on a fixed date or within a fixed period neither of which shall be more than six months from the date of the lay-off, and

      • (ii) recalls the employee to his employment in accordance with subparagraph (i);

    • (e) the term of the lay-off is more than three months and

      • (i) the employee continues during the term of the lay-off to receive payments from his employer in an amount agreed on by the employee and his employer,

      • (ii) the employer continues to make payments for the benefit of the employee to a pension plan that is registered pursuant to the Pension Benefits Standards Act or under a group or employee insurance plan,

      • (iii) the employee receives supplementary unemployment benefits, or

      • (iv) the employee would be entitled to supplementary unemployment benefits but is disqualified from receiving them pursuant to the Employment Insurance Act; or

    • (f) the term of the lay-off is more than three months but not more than 12 months and the employee, throughout the term of the lay-off, maintains recall rights pursuant to a collective agreement.

  • (1.1) The period of three months or less set out in paragraph (1)(c) is extended

    • (a) by six months after the day on which it would otherwise end, if it began before March 31, 2020 and ends on or after the day on which this paragraph comes into force; and

    • (b) to December 30, 2020, if it begins during the period beginning on March 31, 2020 and ending on September 30, 2020.

  • (1.2) The fixed date or fixed period set out in subparagraph (1)(d)(i) is extended

    • (a) by six months, or to December 30, 2020 if that day is before the end of those six months, if the lay-off occurred before March 31, 2020 and the fixed date or fixed period for the employee to be recalled to work falls or ends, as the case may be, on or after the day on which this paragraph comes into force; and

    • (b) to December 30, 2020, if the lay-off occurs during the period beginning on March 31, 2020 and ending on September 30, 2020 and the fixed date or fixed period for the employee to be recalled to work falls or ends, as the case may be, before December 30, 2020.

  • (2) In determining the term of a lay-off for the purposes of paragraphs (1)(c), (d) and (f), any period of re-employment of less than two weeks duration shall not be included.

  • SOR/82-747, s. 1
  • SOR/86-628, s. 2(F)
  • SOR/91-461, s. 31
  • SOR/2006-231, s. 2
  • SOR/2020-138, s. 1

Regular Hours of Work (Severance Pay and Individual Termination of Employment)

[SOR/91-461, s. 32(F)]
  •  (1) For the purposes of Division X of the Act, the regular hours of work in a week of an employee whose hours of work are not averaged are the actual hours worked by the employee, exclusive of overtime hours, in the four complete weeks prior to termination of employment, divided by four.

  • (2) For the purposes of Division XI of the Act, the regular hours of work in a day of an employee whose hours of work are not averaged are the actual hours worked by the employee, exclusive of overtime hours, in the four complete weeks prior to termination of employment, divided by 20.

  • (3) For the purposes of subsections (1) and (2), a complete week is one in which

    • (a) no general holiday occurs;

    • (b) no annual vacation is taken by the employee; and

    • (c) the employee was not absent from work for any other reason.

  • SOR/79-309, s. 5
  • SOR/91-461, s. 33
  •  (1) For the purposes of Division X of the Act, the regular hours of work in a week for an employee whose hours of work are averaged is 40 hours.

  • (2) For the purposes of Division XI of the Act, the regular hours of work in a day for an employee whose hours of work are averaged is eight hours.

  • SOR/79-309, s. 6
  • SOR/86-628, s. 3(E)
  • SOR/91-461, s. 34
  • SOR/94-668, s. 10

Immediate Family

  •  (1) For the purpose of subsection 210(1) of the Act, immediate family means, in respect of an employee,

    • (a) the employee’s spouse or common-law partner;

    • (b) the employee’s father and mother and the spouse or common-law partner of the father or mother;

    • (c) the employee’s children and the children of the employee’s spouse or common-law partner;

    • (d) the employee’s grandchildren;

    • (e) the employee’s brothers and sisters;

    • (f) the grandfather and grandmother of the employee;

    • (g) the father and mother of the spouse or common-law partner of the employee and the spouse or common-law partner of the father or mother; and

    • (h) any relative of the employee who resides permanently with the employee or with whom the employee permanently resides.

  • (2) In this section, common-law partner means a person who has been cohabiting with an individual in a conjugal relationship for at least one year, or who had been so cohabiting with the individual for at least one year immediately before the individual’s death.

  • SOR/78-560, s. 5
  • SOR/91-461, s. 35
  • SOR/2001-149, s. 1
  • SOR/2002-113, s. 8(E)
 
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