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EMS, healthcare and health professionals

Ambulance drivers and driver’s helper or first-aid attendant on an ambulance

Special rules or exemptions

You are not entitled to overtime pay.

Audiologists

Special rules or exemptions

You are not entitled to sick leave, family responsibility leave or bereavement leave if taking the leave would be professional misconduct or abandoning your duty.

Chiropodists and chiropody students

Special rules or exemptions

You are not entitled to:

  • minimum wage
  • eating periods
  • overtime pay
  • sick leave, family responsibility leave or bereavement leave if taking the leave would be professional misconduct or abandoning your duty
  • public holidays or public holiday pay
  • vacation with pay
  • daily and weekly limits on hours of work
  • daily rest period
  • time off between shifts
  • weekly/bi-weekly rest periods
  • daily rest period

Chiropractors and chiropractic students

Special rules or exemptions

You are not entitled to:

  • minimum wage
  • daily and weekly limits on hours of work
  • daily rest periods
  • time off between shifts
  • weekly/bi-weekly rest periods
  • eating periods
  • overtime pay
  • sick leave, family responsibility leave or bereavement leave if taking the leave would be professional misconduct or abandoning your duty
  • public holidays or public holiday pay
  • vacation with pay

Dental Hygienists

Special rules or exemptions

You are not entitled to sick leave, family responsibility leave or bereavement leave if taking the leave would be professional misconduct or abandoning your duty.

Dental technologists

Special rules or exemptions

You are not entitled to sick leave, family responsibility leave or bereavement leave if taking the leave would be professional misconduct or abandoning your duty.

Dentists and dentistry students

Special rules or exemptions

You are not entitled to:

  • minimum wage
  • hours of work
  • daily rest periods
  • time off between shifts
  • weekly/bi-weekly rest periods
  • eating periods
  • overtime
  • sick leave, family responsibility leave or bereavement leave if taking the leave would be professional misconduct or abandoning your duty
  • public holidays
  • vacation with pay

Denturists

Special rules or exemptions

You are not entitled to sick leave, family responsibility leave or bereavement leave if taking the leave would be professional misconduct or abandoning your duty.

Dieticians

Special rules or exemptions

You are not entitled to sick leave, family responsibility leave or bereavement leave if taking the leave would be professional misconduct or abandoning your duty.

Firefighters

Special rules or exemptions

You are not entitled to:

  • daily and weekly limits on hours of work
  • daily rest periods
  • time off between shifts
  • weekly/bi-weekly rest periods
  • overtime pay
  • public holidays or public holiday pay

Hospital employees

This applies to you if you work in a hospital, long-term care homes and health care facilities.

Special rules or exemptions

You may be required to work on a public holiday if the public holiday is normally a working day for you and you are not on vacation.

If you are required to work on a public holiday, your employer may either:

  • pay you at your regular rate for the hours you work on the public holiday and provide you with a substitute day off work with public holiday pay
  • pay you public holiday pay plus premium pay for the hours you work on the public holiday.

Massage therapists and massage therapy students

Special rules or exemptions

You are not entitled to:

  • minimum wage
  • daily and weekly limits on hours of work
  • daily rest periods
  • time off between shifts
  • weekly/bi-weekly rest periods
  • eating periods
  • overtime pay
  • sick leave, family responsibility leave or bereavement leave if taking the leave would be professional misconduct or abandoning your duty
  • public holidays or public holiday pay
  • vacation with pay

Medical laboratory technologists

Special rules or exemptions

You are not entitled to sick leave, family responsibility leave or bereavement leave if taking the leave would be professional misconduct or abandoning your duty.

If you work in a hospital, you may be required to work on a public holiday if the public holiday is normally a working day for you and you are not on vacation.

If you are required to work on a public holiday, your employer may either:

  • pay you at your regular rate for the hours you work on the public holiday and provide you with a substitute day off work with public holiday pay
  • pay you public holiday pay plus premium pay for the hours you work on the public holiday.

Medical radiation technologists

Special rules or exemptions

You are not entitled to sick leave, family responsibility leave or bereavement leave if taking the leave would be professional misconduct or abandoning your duty.

If you work in a hospital, you may be required to work on a public holiday if the public holiday is normally a working day for you and you are not on vacation.

If you are required to work on a public holiday, your employer may either:

  • pay you at your regular rate for the hours you work on the public holiday and provide you with a substitute day off work with public holiday pay
  • pay you public holiday pay plus premium pay for the hours you work on the public holiday.

Midwives

Special rules or exemptions

You are not entitled to sick leave, family responsibility leave or bereavement leave if taking the leave would be professional misconduct or abandoning your duty.

Naturopaths and naturopathy students

Special rules or exemptions

You are not entitled to:

  • minimum wage
  • daily and weekly limits on hours of work
  • daily rest periods
  • time off between shifts
  • weekly/bi-weekly rest periods
  • eating periods
  • overtime pay
  • sick leave, family responsibility leave or bereavement leave if taking the leave would be professional misconduct or abandoning your duty
  • public holidays or public holiday pay
  • vacation with pay

Nurses

Special rules or exemptions

You are not entitled to sick leave, family responsibility leave or bereavement leave if taking the leave would be professional misconduct or abandoning your duty.

If you work in a hospital, you may be required to work on a public holiday if the public holiday is normally a working day for you and you are not on vacation.

If you are required to work on a public holiday, your employer may either:

  • pay you at your regular rate for the hours you work on the public holiday and provide you with a substitute day off work with public holiday pay
  • pay you public holiday pay plus premium pay for the hours you work on the public holiday.

Occupational therapists

Special rules or exemptions

You are not entitled to sick leave, family responsibility leave or bereavement leave if taking the leave would be professional misconduct or abandoning your duty.

If you work in a hospital, you may be required to work on a public holiday if the public holiday is normally a working day for you and you are not on vacation.

If you are required to work on a public holiday, your employer may either:

  • pay you at your regular rate for the hours you work on the public holiday and provide you with a substitute day off work with public holiday pay
  • pay you public holiday pay plus premium pay for the hours you work on the public holiday.

Opticians

Special rules or exemptions

You are not entitled to sick leave, family responsibility leave or bereavement leave if taking the leave would be professional misconduct or abandoning your duty.

Optometrists and optometry students

Special rules or exemptions

You are not entitled to:

  • minimum wage
  • daily and weekly limits on hours of work
  • daily rest periods
  • time off between shifts
  • weekly/bi-weekly rest periods
  • eating periods
  • overtime pay
  • sick leave, family responsibility leave or bereavement leave if taking the leave would be professional misconduct or abandoning your duty
  • public holidays or public holiday pay
  • vacation with pay

Paramedics and emergency medical attendants

This applies to you if you are a paramedic or emergency medical attendant in the land and air ambulance industry and are represented by a union.

Special rules or exemptions

You are not entitled to overtime pay.

Your employer and union may agree in writing that:

  • the general rest period rule does not apply and you are entitled to eight consecutive hours free from work each day
  • the general eating period rule does not apply and you are entitled to a different eating period set out in the written agreement

Pharmacists and pharmacy students

Special rules or exemptions

You are not entitled to:

  • minimum wage
  • daily and weekly limits on hours of work
  • daily rest periods
  • time off between shifts
  • weekly/bi-weekly rest periods
  • eating periods
  • overtime pay
  • sick leave, family responsibility leave or bereavement leave if taking the leave would be professional misconduct or abandoning your duty
  • public holidays or public holiday pay
  • vacation with pay

Physicians, surgeons and medical students

Special rules or exemptions

You are not entitled to:

  • minimum wage
  • daily and weekly limits on hours of work
  • daily rest periods
  • time off between shifts
  • weekly/bi-weekly rest periods
  • eating periods
  • overtime pay
  • sick leave, family responsibility leave or bereavement leave if taking the leave would be professional misconduct or abandoning your duty
  • public holidays or public holiday pay
  • vacation with pay

Physiotherapists and physiotherapy students

Special rules or exemptions

You are not entitled to:

  • minimum wage
  • daily or weekly limits on hours of work
  • daily rest periods
  • time off between shifts
  • weekly/bi-weekly rest periods
  • eating periods
  • overtime pay
  • sick leave, family responsibility leave or bereavement leave if taking the leave would be professional misconduct or abandoning your duty
  • public holidays or public holiday pay
  • vacation with pay

Psychologists and psychology students

Special rules or exemptions

You are not entitled to:

  • minimum wage
  • daily and weekly limits on hours of work
  • daily rest periods
  • time off between shifts
  • weekly/bi-weekly rest periods
  • eating periods
  • overtime pay
  • sick leave, family responsibility leave or bereavement leave if taking the leave would be professional misconduct or abandoning your duty
  • public holidays or public holiday pay
  • vacation with pay

Residential care workers

This does not apply to you if you are a foster parent.

This does apply to you if you work supervising and caring for children or persons with developmental disabilities in family-type residential homes and you live in the home during work periods, you are entitled to:

  • public holidays
  • vacation with pay
  • notice of termination/termination pay
  • severance

Special rules or exemptions

You are not entitled to:

  • daily or weekly limits on hours of work
  • daily rest periods
  • time off between shifts
  • eating periods
  • overtime pay
  • be paid for time you spend at the workplace eating, sleeping, resting or attending to your own affairs, even if you are on call during that time
  • the general minimum wage rate: instead, you are entitled to a regular rate of pay that equals at least the minimum wage rate for the lesser of the number of actual hours worked or 12 hours
  • the general weekly/bi-weekly rest period: instead, you are entitled to at least 36 hours free from work each week

You may be entitled to up to 15 hours of pay per day if you worked more than 12 hours in a day and:

  • you have accurate records of the hours you worked
  • you provide those records to your employer immediately after the pay day for the period in which the extra hours were worked, and before the next pay period

You may agree to take multiple rest periods instead of one rest period of 36 consecutive hours. If you agree to work during your rest period(s), your employer must:

  • pay you at least one and one-half times your regular rate of pay for the hours you work, or
  • add the hours you work to one of your next eight 36 hour rest periods.

Respiratory therapists

Special rules or exemptions

You may not be entitled to take sick leave, family responsibility leave or bereavement leave if taking the leave would be professional misconduct or abandoning your duty.

If you work in a hospital, you may be required to work on a public holiday if the public holiday is normally a working day for you and you are not on vacation.

If you are required to work on a public holiday, your employer may either:

  • pay you at your regular rate for the hours you work on the public holiday and provide you with a substitute day off work with public holiday pay
  • pay you public holiday pay plus premium pay for the hours you work on the public holiday.

Speech-language pathologists

Special rules or exemptions

You are not entitled to sick leave, family responsibility leave or bereavement leave if taking the leave would be professional misconduct or abandoning your duty.

Veterinarians and veterinary students

Special rules or exemptions

You are not entitled to:

  • minimum wage
  • daily and weekly limits on hours of work
  • daily rest periods
  • time off between shifts
  • weekly/bi-weekly rest periods
  • eating periods
  • overtime pay
  • sick leave, family responsibility leave or bereavement leave if taking the leave would be professional misconduct or abandoning your duty
  • public holidays or public holiday pay
  • vacation with pay
Updated: May 31, 2022
Published: November 27, 2017