Manitoba ‘flexes’ legislation

Proposed law would allow employers to help employees achieve work-life balance
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/05/2011

Manitoba has introduced legislation that would make it easier for businesses to introduce flexible work hours to help employees achieve better work-life balance.

“Over the years, we’ve heard from many employees that they want it and many employers saying they want to be able to provide that flexibility to their employees but our legislation didn’t allow it,” said Dave Dyson, executive director for Manitoba’s employment standards branch.

Under current legislation in the province, the standard hours of work are eight hours in a day and 40 hours in a week. When the needs of a business cannot be accommodated within these standards, employers can apply to the director of the employment standards branch for a permit to average the standard hours of work across a specific number of weeks, such as 12-hour days, four days in a row. However, these new hours apply to the entire workplace.