Canada Labour Code amendments will exempt some employees from hours-of-work requirements

By: Julius Melnitzer | October 31, 2023

New amendments to the Canada Labour Code will exempt some employees from the legislation’s hours-of-work requirements.

“These amendments are a rare example of changes that employers in the federal sector will welcome and, in some respects, [will] align the CLC to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act,” says Landon Young, managing partner of Stringer LLP, a labour and employment law boutique.

The exemptions, which apply to certain classes of employees in the airline, banking, broadcasting, rail and telecommunications sectors, revise entitlements to meal breaks and rest periods for additional categories of workers. They come into effect for most of these sectors on Jan. 4, 2024 and for airlines on June 4, 2024. MORE . . .

Julius Melnitzer is a Toronto-based legal affairs writer, ghostwriter, writing coach and media trainer. Readers can reach him at [email protected] or


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