Clarity on New Labour Code Offers Additional Flexibility for Employees

As reported in last week’s newsletter, ACA along with a number of partner associations met with Minister Gray regarding the lack of flexibility in hours of work averaging agreements.  Based on dialogue with Employment Standards in a follow-up meeting, ACA wishes to advise employers an averaging agreement period can be for up to 12 weeks, and this period can repeat for up to two years before a new agreement is required.  Please refer to section 23.1 of the Employment Standards Code (Code) and also information found on the Employment Standards website at this link.

While averaging agreements require a work schedule, the schedule may be varied due to a variety of factors beyond the control of the employer, including weather (Section 16).