Managers filling in for sick employees

If supervisors help out on a regular basis, are they entitled to overtime pay?
By Tim Mitchell
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/30/2019

Question:  If a manager fills in for sick employees on a regular basis and performs their jobs while filling in, is the manager entitled to overtime pay?

Answer: An employee’s entitlement to overtime pay is governed by provincial employment standards legislation, which generally provides that a manager or supervisor is overtime-exempt, meaning they are not entitled to overtime pay, so long as the manager’s primary duties are managerial in nature.

Each province has a similar but distinct set of criteria to determine if an employee’s duties are managerial in nature (such as the ability to discipline or terminate staff).