• The purpose of this Guide is to help people understand how Nova Scotia Labour Standards legislation applies to employment relationships and the role of the Nova Scotia Labour Standards Division in enforcing the legislation.
  • Labour Standards legislation establishes the minimum employment rules in Nova Scotia that employers and employees must follow. It includes rules specific to recruiting workers and hiring foreign workers. These rules also include minimum standards for wages, deductions from pay, vacation pay, overtime pay, holidays with pay, leaves, ending employment and other things.
  • For information on specific Nova Scotia Labour Standards Code rules visit: https://novascotia.ca/lae/employmentrights/infoonspecificrules.asp

NOTE: This Guide deals only with Nova Scotia Labour Standards legislation. There are other laws that might apply to employment relationships such as Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)
legislation and Human Rights legislation.

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