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Canadian Payroll and Employment Law at work®


Features for the Week of May 20, 2019 Text Size: M L XL XXL
Reported News and Articles by Jurisdiction


National
 
Temporary employment in Canada
Although temporary employees represent a relatively small number of overall employees, they have been growing at a faster pace than permanent employees during the past 20 years. Data from the Labour Force Survey show that 13.3 percent of employees (2.1 million) worked in a temporary job in 2018. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 45466]
 
Labour force survey, April 2019
Employment rose by 107,000 in April, with notable gains in part-time work for youth. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 45450]
 
Rising health benefit costs
According to a survey released by Accompass, a division of Gallagher Benefit Services (Canada) Group, health benefit costs are forecast to rise by 11.55 percent in 2019.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45443]
 
Two territories have the highest five-year average injury fatality rate in Canada
According to a University of Regina report, over the past five years the Northwest Territories and Nunavut have had the highest rate of deaths in the workplace in Canada.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45444]
 
Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise
The federal government has appointed Sheri Meyerhoffer as the Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise. The Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE) reviews allegations of human rights abuses against Canadian companies operating abroad.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45445]


British Columbia
 
Changes to the Labour Relations Act
On April 30, 2019, the British Columbia government tabled Bill 30, Labour Relations Code Amendment Act, 2019 to provide greater protection for unionized workers. According to the government, the changes will also bring greater stability for employers and more durable labour relations.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45439]
 
Fair Wages Commission seeks input on living wage
According to a British Columbia government press release dated April 15, 2019, in an effort to better understand the needs of working people, British Columbians are invited to share their views with the Fair Wage Commission about ways to close the gap between minimum wage and living wage.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45440]
 
Consultation on proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation
WorkSafeBC is proposing amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and requires feedback by Tuesday, July 2, 2019.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45441]


Manitoba
 
Retail sales tax on insured benefits reduced
Effective July 1, 2019, the Manitoba retail sales tax (RST) rate will be reduced from eight percent to seven percent and will impact group insurance benefits.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45442]


Nova Scotia
 
Constructive dismissal and the duty to mitigate: important concepts
Nova Scotia Court of Appeal recently overturned a trial judge’s determinations that an employee had been constructively dismissed after he was transferred to a new sales position and had not failed to mitigate his damages by declining to stay at work in the new position.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45446]


Ontario
 
Proposed OHIP change for travel benefits could raise costs for plan sponsors
The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA) is suggesting that employers who are providing group travel insurance may start paying more for these products because of proposed amendments to a regulation under Ontario’s Health Insurance Act that would come into force on October 1, 2019.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45447]


Quebec
 
Cleaner was an employee, not an independent contractor
The Supreme Court of Canada recently ruled that a cleaner who had a franchise agreement with a cleaning company was an employee and not an independent contractor.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45448]


Saskatchewan
 
New and expanded statutory leaves
Effective May 15, 2019, a new Act has expanded and introduced new statutory leaves under the Employment Act.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44883]
 
Volunteer firefighters gaining WCB presumptive coverage
On May 15, 2019, the Saskatchewan government enacted legislation that make it easier for volunteer firefighters to access Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) benefits
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45394]


Yukon
 
WCB 2018 annual report
The Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board (YWCHSB) has tabled its 2018 annual report. The report indicates the YWCHSB is continuing its efforts to move the Compensation Fund’s surplus position.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45438]
 
Should non-cannabis vapour products be regulated?
The Yukon government is holding a consultation to find out if and how non-cannabis vapour products are regulated. For example, they would like input about the minimum legal age for access to tobacco and vapour products and how vapour products should be sold, used and promoted.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45449]
 
Statutory leave changes enacted
On April 30, 2019, the Yukon government gave royal assent to Bill 31, the Act to Amend the Employment Standards Act to align its provisions that relate to entitlements to leave without pay with the provisions that relate to eligibility for benefits under the Employment Insurance Act (Canada).
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45319]