Minimum wage exemptions and special rules

Details the wages and work hours that an employer is allowed to provide, and describes circumstances where employers are exempt from parts of the Employment Standards Act (ESA).


This regulation outlines exemptions from the Employment Standards Act that apply to certain occupations and industries. It also sets out special rules that change how certain standards apply to certain occupations or industries.


This regulation outlines occupations and industries that are exempt from ESA rules, including:

  • maximum hours of work
  • rest periods
  • eating periods
  • overtime
  • minimum wage
  • public holidays and/or vacation with pay
  • threshold for overtime pay

For example: the general rule under the ESA states that employees are entitled to overtime pay after working more than 44 hours in a work week. However, seasonal employees whose employment is directly related to the canning, processing and packing of fresh fruits or vegetables (or their distribution) are entitled to overtime pay after working more than 50 hours in a work week.

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Hubert M. (an employee)

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Minimum wage jobs should have better safety and health standards so that they are not missed by industry.One finds deplorable standards of hygiene and health standards followed in retail industry.