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When Are the Hours in the Hour Reserve Used?

A worker may use the hours in the hour reserve in the following situations:

  • To complete a normal work week (Monday to Friday) up to 40 hours;
  • To complete a normal work week (Monday to Friday) up to 32 hours when the week is reduced due to a statutory holiday;
  • To compensate for loss of salary when the worker is absent due to a leave as provided for in An Act Respecting Labour Standards. Example: absence to fulfil obligations related to childcare or to the health or education of a child
  • To compensate for loss of salary due to an absence provided for in article 25 of the collective agreement. Example: absence due to a family member’s serious accident or illness
  • When laid off for less than six months
  • To compensate for loss of salary due to an absence authorized by the employer for a personal reason

The hours used in these situations are payable at the applicable regular wage rate for the light residential sector and at the base rate plus 50% for the heavy residential sector. The applicable wage rate is the one that the worker is earning at the time when the hours are used.

Unjustified or unauthorized absence

Employers are not required to permit use of hours in the hour reserve for any unjustified or unauthorized absence that does not fit within one or another of the six categories listed above.

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