Law raising part-time hours faces mounting opposition

Saskatchewan business leaders call legislation an administrative nightmare
By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/15/2005

An administrative nightmare awaits Saskatchewan employers if the province enforces a law requiring them to offer part-timers more hours, say business leaders.

The labour department, along with Labour Minister Deb Higgins, held consultations with some 40 groups last month in its review of a section of the Labour Standards Act that had never been proclaimed since it was passed into law in 1994.

According to section 13.4 of the act, employers must offer part-time employees additional hours of work that become available, such as when another employee leaves a job or when the employer experiences an increase in work. The law is the first of its kind in North America.