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Hour Reserve

For the light and heavy residential sectors, under article 21.03 o) of the collective agreement for the residential sector, the employer must record the state of the hour reserve on employees’ pay slips, including:
  • Hours debited
  • Hours credited
  • The balance of hours

Reporting hours in the reserve

Overtime hours registered in the hour reserve in the monthly report must appear on a separate line, using the status code R and specifying the wage appendix R for the light residential sector and R-1 for the heavy residential sector. The amounts related to contributions and dues are neither recorded nor payable in this step.

Example:

For the light and heavy residential sectors: The hours recorded must be reported at par in the “normal time” column.

To report use of the hour reserve

When, during a given period, the employee uses hours from the hour reserve to complement work weeks, these hours must be declared in the monthly report on a separate line. The employer must then use the status code S and specify wage appendix R for the light residential sector or R-1 for the heavy residential sector. The amounts of contributions and dues associated with the hours used must be recorded in the monthly report, and the corresponding sums must be paid.

Example:
Hour reserve utilisation

For the light residential sector: The hours used must be reported at par in the “normal time” column – that is, one hour of overtime is equivalent to one hour from the reserve. (See example of monthly report.)

For the heavy residential sector: The hours recorded must be reported in the “time-and-a-half” column by multiplying the number of hours required by the conversion factor 0.6666 up to the limit of the hours available in the employee’s reserve. This number of hours (rounded off to one decimal in order to meet the requirements of the monthly report) thus obtained is payable at the applicable wage rate increased by 50%

To report the liquidation of the hour reserve

The hour reserve is liquidated every year at the end of the averaging and reference period. The hours are liquidated and must be declared on a separate line of the monthly report. The employer must then use the status code S and specify wage appendix R for the light residential sector and R-1 for the heavy residential sector. The amounts of contributions and dues associated with the liquidated hours used must be recorded in the monthly report, and the corresponding sums must be paid.

Example:
Hour reserve liquidation

For the light residential sector: The liquidated hours must be reported at the wage rate increased by 50% and must be entered into the “time-and-a-half” column.

For the heavy residential sector: The liquidated hours must be reported at the wage rate increased by 100% and must be entered into the “double-time” column.

Further information

If you need further information regarding the hour reserve, here are some information tools that may be useful:
  • Web site of the Association des professionnels de la construction et de l'habitation du Québec inc. (APCHQ)
  • Labour-relations consultants at the APCHQ:

    • Greater Montreal region: 1 800 463-6142
    • Québec City and Est du Québec region: 1 866 682-8666
    • Estrie and Centre du Québec region: 1 888 285-2505
    • Outaouais and Abitibi region: 1 888 561-7001 ext. 205

  • CCQ employer line.