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Rest days for part-time employees

As a part-time employee covered by the Employment Act, you are entitled to rest days and pay for working on a rest day.

Entitlement

As a part-time employee, you are entitled to 1 rest day per week if you are required to work for at least 5 days in a week.

If you work on a rest day, your pay depends on whether the work was done at your employer’s request or at your own request.

When rest days can fall

The employer determines the rest day, which can be on a Sunday or any other day.

If the rest day is not a Sunday, your employer should prepare a monthly roster and inform you of the rest days before the start of each month.

Pay for work on a rest day

Payment for work on rest days is calculated as follows:

If work is done For up to half your normal daily working hours For more than half your normal daily working hours Exceeding your normal daily working hours and up to the normal hours of a full-time employee Exceeding your normal daily working hours and over the normal hours of a full-time employee
At the employer’s request 1 day’s salary at basic rate of pay 2 days’ salary at basic rate of pay 2 days’ salary + your basic hourly rate of pay 2 days’ salary + your basic hourly rate of pay + 1.5 times your basic hourly rate of pay
At the employee’s request Half day’s salary at basic rate of pay 1 day’s salary at basic rate of pay 1 day’s salary + your basic hourly rate of pay 1 day’s salary + your basic hourly rate of pay + 1.5 times your basic hourly rate of pay

You work 4 hours a day and a full-time employee works 8 hours. Your hourly basic rate of pay is $5.

If you work 9 hours on a rest day at your employer’s request, your rest day pay is:

2 days’ salary + your basic hourly rate of pay + 1.5 times your basic hourly rate of pay

(4 hours x $5) x 2 days + (4 hours x $5) + (1.5 x 1 hour x $5) = $67.50