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Article 16 Hours of Work

​Master Agreement Between the Government of the Province of Alberta and the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees​​



The normal hours of work for the purpose of determining pay, benefits and overtime under this Collective Agreement shall be:


thirty-six and one-quarter (36 1/4) hours per week; or


thirty-eight and three-quarters (38 3/4) hours per week; or


forty (40) hours per week; or


the equivalent of (i), (ii) or (iii) above on a bi-weekly, monthly or annual basis.


The application of the hours of work stated herein, will be in accordance with provisions set out in the subsidiary agreements.


An Employee's pay shall be based on the hours worked by an Employee.​ ​


Employees covered by this Agreement shall normally receive two (2) fifteen (15) minute paid rest periods in each work period in excess of six (6) hours, one (1) period to be granted before the meal break and one to be granted after. An Employee working a period of more than two (2) hours but less than six (6) hours shall be granted one (1) rest period. Rest periods shall be taken at the work site unless otherwise approved by a senior official. Rest periods shall not be granted within one (1) hour of commencement or termination of a work period.​ ​


A meal period of not less than one-half (1/2) hour and, except where opted in “Flextime” operations, not more than one and one-half (1 1/2) hours shall be granted to all Employees at approximately the mid-point of each work period that exceeds four (4) hours. Such meal period shall be without pay except as provided for in Clause 16.05.​ ​ ​


An Employee who is directed by a designated senior official to remain due to a specific assignment at the Employee’s station of employment during the Employee’s meal period shall be paid for such meal period at the Employee’s regular rate of pay. Time worked during such on duty lunch break shall not contribute towards a fulfillment of the normal hours of work nor towards any overtime compensation.


An Employee shall not be required, without the Employee’s agreement, to work a split shift involving a break between work periods longer than the specified meal period.


Employees who are required to work shift schedules where their days of rest and scheduled start and end times vary from week to week shall be entitled to the following scheduling provisions; ​ ​


Shift schedules shall be posted at least twelve (12) weeks in advance or such shorter period as is mutually agreed between the Employer and the Union;​ ​


The Employer shall not change an Employee’s shift schedule where it results in the Employee’s days of rest being changed with less than fourteen (14) days’ notice, unless mutually agreed between Employee and the Employer; and ​ ​


The Employer shall not change an Employee’s shift schedule where it results in the Employee’s scheduled start and end times being changed with less than five (5) days’ notice, unless the change is due to an emergency or mutually agreed between the Employee and the Employer; and

​Shift schedules shall provide for at least two (2) consecutive days of rest at least once in each bi-weekly period unless mutually agreed between Employer and the Union.


The Parties agree that an Employing Department may implement a flexible or modified work week system under conditions as provided in Supplement I of this Agreement.​​

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