Section 66(1)(a) of the Nova Scotia Labour Standards Code requires that employers give employees 24 consecutive hours off in every 7 day period so that employees never work more than 6 consecutive days without a period of rest. The requirement to give employees a period of rest is mandatory, employees cannot choose to work more than 6 consecutive days for the employer without a period of rest.
In limited circumstances, companies can obtain permission from the Director of Labour Standards for a different period of rest arrangement. This is called a variance. The Director may grant a variance if:
In assessing an application for a variance, the Director will also consider:
To apply for a period of rest that is different from the requirement in Section 66(1)(a) of the Labour Standards Code:
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