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About This Tool

  • Content last reviewed: January 2012

The Hours of Work and Overtime Tool consists of 8 tutorials and 5 online calculators.

Tutorials:

Each tutorial provides important information about minimum standards in the Employment Standards Act (ESA) involving hours of work or overtime pay.

Calculators:

Users should consult the Special Rule Tool before using the calculators, as special rules and exemptions apply to certain industries and occupations.

Each calculator requires the user to input information, which the calculator will use to calculate a result. The result may be helpful to you in determining, based on the information provided, whether or not the hours of work or overtime pay rules are being followed or what is required in order to follow them.

Note: The calculator for each rule will only help you determine whether that particular rule is being complied with.  It will not help you determine whether other ESA rules, including other hours of work and overtime rules, are being complied with.  For example, the Overtime and Time Off in Lieu Calculator will only help you determine whether the overtime pay and time off in lieu rule is being complied with; even though the Overtime and Time Off in Lieu Calculator requires you to enter information about eating periods, it will not tell you whether the eating period rule is being complied with.

Each calculator features a brief, optional survey. User feedback contributes to making our tools helpful. We hope you will take a moment to tell us what you think.

More than One Employer?: Calculator results are valid for hours worked for one employer. If a user has more than one employer results must generally be calculated separately for each employer. (In some situations two or more employers may be treated as one. For more information contact the Employment Standards Information Centre at the number below.)

Daylight Savings: If entering information for shifts that occur during a time change the user must input the start of the shift and then input the total number of hours that elapse from the beginning of the shift to the end of the shift under the “length”. (Do not input the “end time”.)

Employer’s Application – Hours of Work and Averaging Hours Application Form

Throughout the Hours of Work and Averaging Tool, users may access the Hours of Work and Averaging application form. This application is for use by employers who wish to apply for an approval from the Director of Employment Standards to allow an employee to work in excess of 48 hours in a work week and/or to average an employee's hours of work for purposes of determining overtime entitlements.

Do you have questions?

For more information contact the Employment Standards Information Centre during regular business hours at 416-326-7160, Toll-free 1-800-531-5551 or TTY 1-866-567-8893.