Canadian payroll legislation: reporting pay

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Have you ever sent an employee home early from work because business was slow? While workers are not entitled to their entire wage for the total amount of scheduled hours, employees in every province and territory are entitled to reporting pay for coming to work. 

Reporting pay is remuneration provided to an employee who reports for work for a regularly scheduled shift but is sent home early having not previously been told that no work was available. Reporting pay differs from call-in pay because workers who qualify for call-in pay have been called in for work at a time other than their regularly schedule shift. 

In Canada, reporting pay differs between jurisdictions because it is regulated by the province or territory. Payworks has summarized the current provincial and territorial reporting pay rates in this convenient chart: 

BC 2 hours at regular wage
4 hours if scheduled for 8+ hour shift
Alberta 3 hours at minimum wage or regular wage for actual hours worked
Saskatchewan 3 hours at regular wage
Manitoba 3 hours at regular wage
Ontario 3 hours at regular wage
Québec 3 hours at regular wage
New Brunswick 3 hours at minimum wage or minimum overtime rate for hours worked or hours worked at regular wage
Nova Scotia 3 hours at minimum wage or at the minimum overtime rate whichever is appropriate 
PEI 3 hours at regular wage
Newfoundland & Labrador 3 hours at regular wage
Yukon 2 hours at regular wage or applicable overtime wage
NWT 4 hours at regular wage
Nunavut 4 hours at regular wage when an employer calls a worker back to work and the recall was not scheduled in advance 
Federal 3 hours at regular wage

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