Logging and lumbering - Employment standards exceptions
There’s a special provision to the overtime rule outlined in the Employment Standards Code for employees in logging and lumbering.
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- The overtime rule for logging and lumbering employees is 10 hours per day or 191 hours per month, whichever is greater.
- Overtime must be paid for hours worked in excess of 10 hours a day or 44 hours a week, in either the first or last month of employment if fewer than 191 hours is worked in those months.
Who’s considered a logging or lumbering employee
A logging or lumbering employee is a person who works directly in or relating to the following activities and where the work is not within 16km of an urban municipality:
- cutting of primary timber products
- sawing of primary timber products into rough lumber
- planing of rough lumber
Hours of work and pay
The standard overtime rule of hours worked in excess of 8 hours a day or 44 hours a week, whichever is greater, doesn’t apply to logging and lumbering employees.
Exceptions to the minimum standards for regular and overtime hours
Employees must receive overtime:
- for hours worked in excess of 10 hours a day or 191 hours a month, whichever is greater
- for hours worked in excess of 10 hours a day or 44 hours a week, in either the first or last month of employment if fewer than 191 hours is worked in those months
- at a rate of at least 1.5 times the regular rate of pay, or banked time off with pay at a rate of at least 1.5 times, for all overtime hours worked
NOTE: 8 hours a day and 44 hours a week minimum standards for overtime apply if the work takes place within 16 km of an urban municipality.
What additional Employment Standards apply?
In addition to the special provisions outlined above, all other minimum standards for employment apply to employees. Additional information on these rules can be found at:
- Averaging agreements
- Breaks and days of rest
- Deductions from earnings
- General holidays
- Job-protected leaves
- Minimum wage
- Overtime hours and pay with the exception of what’s considered overtime hours listed above
- Payment of earnings
- Termination of employment
- Youth employment
How the law applies
Part 3, Division 2 of the Employment Standards Regulation outlines the provisions for field catering, geophysical exploration, land surveying, logging and lumbering, and road maintenance employees.
Disclaimer: In the event of any discrepancy between this information and Alberta Employment Standards legislation, the legislation is considered correct.
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