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The Hour Reserve

Since May 2007, employers involved in the residential sector may establish an hour reserve. This system enables the employer's workers to bank overtime hours and to use them, as needed, under certain conditions. When an employer decides to establish an hour reserve, all workers in the company must have access to the system.

The hour reserve system was created under the 2004-07 collective agreement for the residential sector. For more information on the legal aspects of the system, please consult section 19 of the collective agreement for the residential sector, titled Règle particulière - réserve d'heures pour congé compensatoire.

Modalities for the Hour Reserve

There are rules for the creation, use, and liquidation of the hour reserve. In addition, the employer must report activities related to the hour reserve (creation, use, and liquidation) on the monthly report.

Establishing a Hour Reserve

If an employer decides to implement a hour reserve system, the overtime hours worked by the company's employees must be recorded in the books each week. Certain types of overtime hours may not be used to create a hour reserve. They are hours worked:
  • On a site listed in Appendix B: remote site; James Bay project; hydroelectric site north of the 55th Parallel, including Great Whale
  • During the obligatory annual summer or winter vacations
  • During a statutory holiday

An employee’s hour reserve may contain 80 hours for light residential and 80 hours for heavy residential. Overtime hours worked above this limit are payable at the applicable wage rate plus 50% (time-and-a-half) for light residential or 100% (double time) for heavy residential.

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