During any crisis there may greater demands placed on you and your colleagues—which could result in new work assignments and an increased workloads.
Some members have experienced an increase in their daily work since the COVID-19 pandemic started. It is helpful to keep track of the extra tasks and the additional time spent performing them. If your workload becomes excessive, you should discuss it with your manager.
If you think your workload is excessive, consider asking your manager the following questions:
What is the anticipated duration of the extra work?
Can some of your existing work be reassigned?
Are tasks evenly distributed in your work unit?
Work with your manager to see if you can come up with a solution together. If they are not open to a solution, ask for reasons.
Refusing overtime and the impact of overtime on mental and physical health
Frequent overtime can be stressful, affect your work-life balance, and lead to burn-out. If frequent overtime demands are becoming a challenge, please seek the assistance of a Workplace Representative at Public Health Ontario.
If the stress, timing, or other factors associated with overtime demands are significantly impacting your mental or physical health, it may be necessary to request an accommodation.
Can my supervisor ask me to work overtime without compensation?
Your supervisor or another Employer representative cannot, and should not, request or permit you to work overtime without compensation when that work would otherwise be compensated.
Can I submit a claim for overtime if I am required to carry a mobile phone or computer for work?
Carrying a mobile phone or computer for work is not considered overtime.
However, if there is an expectation from your supervisor that you respond to an email or phone call, or conduct work outside of your normal working hours, you should claim that as overtime.
Can I claim travel time outside my regular hours of work as overtime?
If you are required to travel for work, you can claim the time spent travelling to the destination as overtime if it is outside your regular hours of work.
Time spent in a hotel room after you have travelled to your destination is not included, unless you can prove that you were working at the time. Time spent travelling from your hotel room to your meeting or conference is also not included.
Time travelled to and from your home to your regular workplace is not included.
Can I claim overtime under the AMAPCEO Collective Agreement if I am temporarily assigned to a non-bargaining unit position?
If you are temporarily assigned to a non-AMAPCEO position, your hours of work and overtime are set by the terms and conditions of the non-bargaining unit position. This means that the AMAPCEO overtime and hours of work provisions do not apply.
Workplace Representatives are trained union members who have volunteered to confidentially assist members like you in the workplace. They should be your first point of contact in seeking information and representation with an issue at work.