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Modifications of the Decree

Modifications in force with the new Decree as of November 9th, 2011:

These modifications are effective at the moment they are published in the Gazette officielle du Québec on November 9th, 2011.

Warning : the following text is not the official text of the Decree to which one must refer for any legal interpretation.

Exclusions: Article 2.03

According to article 2.03, the new Decree does not apply in the case of a janitor residing in a house with several apartments or units or in a co-ownership

Rest periods: Articles 4.01 and 4.03

The following modifications apply to section 4 (Meal and rest periods):

4.01 An employee who works 12 hours or more in a single day is entitled to a second meal period without pay not exceeding one hour. To compute working hours, meal and rest periods are considered as worked time..

An employee who is required by the employer to carry a cellular telephone or another means of communication outside the work premises is not deemed to be at work.

However, the time spent by an employee answering a call from the employer during a meal period is worked at the end of that period.

4.03 An employee is entitled, as the case may be, to:

  1. 2 paid 15-minute rest periods for every work period of 7 hours;
  2. one paid 15-minute rest period for every work period of at least 3 hours but not more than 7 hours;
  3. one paid 15-minute rest period per 3-hour work period beyond 7 hours.

Hourly wages: Article 6.01

Listed below are the hourly wages for the coming years:

1. as of November 9th, 2011

a) Class A: $15.70;
b) Class B: $15.29;
c) Class C: $16.21;

2° as of November 9th, 2012:

a) Class A: $16.05;
b) Class B: $15.63;
c) Class C: $16.57;

3° as of November 9th, 2013:

a) Class A: $16.41;
b) Class B: $15.98;
c) Class C: $16.94;

4° as of November 9th, 2014:

a) Class A: $16.78;
b) Class B: $16.34;
c) Class C: $17.32;

5° as of November 9th, 2015:

a) Class A: $17.18;
b) Class B: $16.73;
c) Class C: $17.74;

6° as of November 9th, 2016:

a) Class A: $17.61;
b) Class B: $17.15;
c) Class C: $18.18;

7° as of October 30th2017:

a) Class A: $18.07;
b) Class B: $17.60;
c) Class C: $18.65. 

GROUP RETIREMENT PLAN: section 6.100

The employer's contribution to the plan for the coming years are listed below:

  • $0.15 per hour paid to the employee as of November 9th, 2011;
  • $0.20 per hour paid to the employee as of November 9th, 2012;
  • $0.25 per hour paid to the employee as of November 9th, 2013;
  • $0.30 per hour paid to the employee as of November 9th, 2014;
  • $0.35 per hour paid to the employee as of November 9th, 2015;
  • $0.40 per hour paid to the employee as of November 9th, 2016;
  • $0.45 per hour paid to the employee as of October 30th, 2017.

Moreover, the employee is now entitled to add a volunteer contribution. The employer has to send this employee's volunteer contribution with the employer's contribution. Employers must contact the Parity Committee before starting to send employee's volunteer contributions.

An employee who has reached 71 years of age is excluded from the Group retirement plan. However, the employer's contribution provided for in section 6.102 has to be added to the employee's hourly rate.

Legal holidays: article 7.02

When a regular employee works less than 5 days a week under the employee's regular schedule, the indemnity is equal to 20% of the wages earned during the pay period preceding the holiday. The percentage is 10% if the pay period is 2 weeks.

Paid vacation: article 8.04

The following paragraph is added to article 8.04:

If an employee is absent owing to sickness or an accident or if the employee is the victim of a criminal act or is on maternity or paternity leave during the reference year, and should that absence result in the reduction of that employee's annual leave indemnity, the employee is then entitled to an indemnity equal, as the case may be, to 3 or 4 times the weekly average of the wages earned during the period worked, according to the number of weeks to which the employee is entitled. An employee referred to in section 8.02 is entitled to that amount in proportion to the days of leave credited to the employee's account. 

Payment of wages: article 10.01

The employer is not allowed to pay wages in cash: payment of wages has to be by cheque or by direct transfer.

Uniforms/special clothing: section 11

The new Decree does not refer to "uniforms" anymore, but to "special clothing". When an employer requires an employee to wear special clothing, it must be supplied by the employer.

When an employee quits his employment, he or she must return the special clothing that was supplied to him or her.