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Act respecting labour standards Chapter IV - Larbour standards (Section 39.1 to 97)

Chapter IV - Larbour standards (Section 39.1 to 97)

Division II - Hours of work (Section 52 to 59.0.1)

Section 52


For the purposes of computing overtime, the regular workweek is 40 hours except in the cases where it is fixed by regulation of the Government.
(Paragraph repealed).

1979, c. 45, s. 52; 1997, c. 45, s. 1; 2002, c. 80, s. 13.


The purpose of section 52 is not to establish a regular workweek, but rather a method for computing the remuneration payable for all of the hours worked by the employee in a week when they total more than 40 hours. Therefore, this provision creates the obligation for the employer to pay the employee at a premium rate after 40 hours of work per week.

A regular workweek may vary from one undertaking to another provided, however, that the minimum prescribed by law is respected.

Moreover, sections 9 to 13 RLS stipulate certain exceptional cases related to the length of the regular workweek.