Employment Standards

Nunavut – Employment Standards

Employment / Labour Standards and Regulations – 2015
Minimum Wage
  • $11.00 per hour (April 1, 2016 increase to $13.00)
Call-in Pay
  • 4 hours at regular wage
Overtime Pay:
Time + 1/2
  • Over 8 hours per day or 40 hours per week
Note: Overtime pay to be 1.5 times the regular hourly wage
Provincial Payroll Tax
  • Payroll Tax 2% of employee earnings (paid by employee)
Vacation Entitlement
  • After 1 year: 2 weeks
  • After 6 years: 3 weeks
Vacation Pay
  • 4% of vacationable earnings
  • After 6 years of employment: 6%
Tip: To determine vacationable earnings, check the Vacationable Earnings chart or consult with  employment/labour standards in the jurisdiction.
Statutory Holidays
  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Good Friday
  • Victoria Day
  • Canada Day (July 1)
  • First Monday in August
  • Labour Day
  • Nunavut Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Remembrance Day (November 11)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
Statutory Holiday Pay (if worked)
  • Time + 1/2 plus regular pay OR regular pay plus alternate day
Note: If employees’ wages are calculated on a basis other than time, statutory holiday pay must be equal to or greater than the employee’s average daily wages in the four weeks worked immediately before the week in which the holiday falls.
Statutory Holiday Pay (if not worked)
  • Regular day’s pay
Note: If employees’ wages are calculated on a basis other than time, statutory holiday pay must be equal to or greater than the employee’s average daily wages in the four weeks worked immediately before the week in which the holiday falls.
Notice of Termination
by Employer
  • Less than 3 months of employment: Nil
  • 3 months - 3 years of employment: 2 weeks
  • After 3 years of employment: an additional week per year to a maximum of 8 weeks
Note: When terminating in groups of 25 or more, group termination rules may apply.
Maternity or Pregnancy Leave
  • 17 weeks after 12 months of employment
Note 1: Maximum combined pregnancy/parental leave is 52 weeks. The longer period of parental leave applies if maternity/pregnancy leave is not taken.

Note 2: Most jurisdictions require leaves to be taken within a specified period. Check with the applicable employment/labour standards office.
Parental Leave (available to either parent)
  • 35 or 37 weeks after 12 months of employment
Note 1: Maximum combined pregnancy/parental leave is 52 weeks. The longer period of parental leave applies if maternity/pregnancy leave is not taken.

Note 2: Most jurisdictions require leaves to be taken within a specified period. Check with the applicable employment/labour standards office.
Bereavement
  • (no minimum standard applies)
Compassionate/ Family Care/ Responsibility
  • 8 weeks
Sick
  • (no minimum standard applies)
Voting
  • 2 hours
Reservist’s Leave
  • Yes

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