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The 37.5 hour work week



March 14, 2010 – Comments (5)

I remember someone asking me why I used 37.5 hours as a work week in some blog I did and that question was an eye opener to me that while a 37.5 hour work week is common in Canada, a 40 hour work week is more standard in the US.

Well, seem the US is going Canada in this respect.  I have seen several articles in the past few weeks that have been looking at reducing the work week, as this one on San Fransisco.

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#1) On March 14, 2010 at 2:41 PM, whereaminow (< 20) wrote:

That's still 37.5 hours too many for the tax feeders.  I don't suppose the mayor of San Fran Freako is going to cut his pay by 6.25% while he's at it. 

David in Qatar

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#2) On March 14, 2010 at 3:37 PM, AaronGaz (25.83) wrote:

As a Canadian working in the private sector, I would love to find where you found a 37.5 hour work week. I would say the 40 hour work week is by far the standard in Ontario.

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#3) On March 14, 2010 at 7:35 PM, Bays (29.11) wrote:

The 37.5 is just 40 minus the 5, 30 minute lunch breaks. 

Governement worker's salaries are all based on 37.5 hour work weeks.   It's still 9-5 or 8-4.

As for private sector, salaries are also normally paid for 37.5 work weeks as well. 

I guess there are exceptions though.


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#4) On March 14, 2010 at 7:37 PM, eldemonio (97.81) wrote:

Good post, but I don't understand how this will affect those of us salaried employees working 50-60 hours per week for private sector companies.

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#5) On March 14, 2010 at 8:40 PM, dwot (29.01) wrote:

AaronGaz, I had a look at some data and the average hours worked per worker in Ontario was 30.8 and 29.6 in BC.  I also noticed difference in labour laws, Ontario overtime kicks in after 44 hours in a week, in BC it is after 8 hours in a day or 40 hours in a week.

Bays, employers do not have to pay for lunch or coffee breaks.  Actually employers do not have provide coffee breaks, only unpaid lunch breaks.  

eldemonio, I have just noticed quite a few articles lately reducing work weeks.  Maybe some private sector companies already extracting free overtime out of employees will redefine salaries as if the work week was 37.5 hours.

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