April 1, 2020 will bring several changes to Nova Scotia Wages

Posted on: February 07 2020

On January 30, 2020, the Nova Scotia Premier's Office announced the following upcoming changes to take effect April 1, 2020:

  • A $1 increase in minimum wage. Minimum wage, which is currently at $11.55 per hour, will increase to $12.55 per hour and will mean Nova Scotia will no longer have the lowest minimum wage rate when you compare to other provinces across Canada.
  • Elimination of the inexperienced minimum wage. The inexperienced minimum wage is currently set at $11.05 per hour for individuals with less than 3 months experience in the job they are doing. After April 1, 2020 all employees who are paid minimum wage will receive $12.55 per hour.
  • Elimination of the partial hours rule. The partial hours rule required rounding time to the nearest 30 minutes or hour. The elimination of this rule allows for reduced costs and administrative burdens.

To view the full news release, visit the Department of Labour and Advanced Education News announcements here.

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