Paramedics paid for standby

Arbitrator orders policy change
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 05/25/2015

Paramedics in Weyburn, Sask., are entitled to premium pay while on standby, an arbitrator has decided.

Joel Rogers, a primary care paramedic since 2011, was required to be on standby for a 24-hour period two summers ago. During the period, he was called in to work two shifts, which his union argued entitled him to a premium call-back pay for the second shift.

As per arguments from the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan (HSAS), the collective agreement dictated Rogers be compensated for the second shift, as those hours constituted overtime hours and they would have made a significant difference on his paycheque.