A public consultation that will look at greater flexibility inthe management of overtime hours in the province begins today,March 26. The review is part of the changes made to the Labour StandardsCode in Nova Scotia last fall, which improved overtime benefitsfor workers. The regulatory changes also allowed workers in theroad building and construction industry to average their hoursover two weeks, allowing them more flexibility in dealing withdifficult weather conditions. “We took the first step in addressing this issue for a small partof our workforce,” said Environment and Labour Minister KerryMorash. “But before going any further we want to assess the fullimpact of averaging for all of our workers and employers. And wewant the chance to consult with other key stakeholders too.” The review of the averaging provision will focus on how thisrequirement works in other provinces and best practices. Theminister will receive a report from Environment and LabourDepartment staff on the review of the averaging provision by June30. Feedback and comments are encouraged from the public,particularly employees and employers. Written submissions will beaccepted until Friday, April 30.