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Canadian Payroll and Employment Law at work®


Features for the Week of January 20, 2020 Text Size: M L XL XXL
Reported News and Articles by Jurisdiction


National
 
Employers providing remote work options
According to a new survey from global staffing firm Robert Half, released by CNW Group, less than half of professionals in Canada (43 percent) said their company provides the option to work off-site
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 46390]
 
Consumer price index, December 2019
The consumer price index rose 2.2 percent on a year-over-year basis in December, matching the increase in November. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 46393]
 
Consumer price index: Annual review, 2019
In 2019, the annual average increase in the consumer price index was 1.9 percent, following average gains of 2.3 percent in 2018 and 1.6 percent in 2017. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 46394]
 
Employment Insurance beneficiaries, November 2019
In November, 451,000 people received regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, virtually unchanged from the previous month. Increases in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Nova Scotia were offset by slight declines in other jurisdictions. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 46395]


Alberta
 
No increase to WCB claim cost threshold
The Alberta Workers Compensation Board (WCB) will not be increasing the claims cost threshold for no-time-lost claims.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 46381]


Federally Regulated
 
Reinstatement not automatic in cases of unjust dismissal
A recent case of unjust dismissal found that the proper remedy was severance compensation rather than reinstatement.
by Daniel Standing LL.B., Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 46382]
 
When can former employees file a grievance?
On October 4, 2019, the Federal Court of Appeal ruled that former employees cannot file a grievance if the material facts giving rise to the grievance did not occur while the person was an employee. (In PDF)
by Denise Deschênes, Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP
View Article  [Article No. 46391]


New Brunswick
 
First aid regulation to refer to CSA standard
The New Brunswick government is amending the First Aid Regulation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act to remove reference to Schedule C and refer instead to the CSA standard CSA Z1220-17.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 46383]
 
Amendments to the General Regulation
The New Brunswick government has tabled amendments to the General Regulation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act to harmonize occupational safety and health regulations in several key areas to reduce barriers to interprovincial trade and increase labour mobility while maintaining protections for workers.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 46384]


Newfoundland and Labrador
 
Workers’ compensation system review
Newfoundland and Labrador has established a committee that will review the workers’ compensation system.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 46385]
 
Safety sensitive helicopter operation not allowed random drug and alcohol testing
The recent arbitral decision has reiterated the high bar employers must meet to justify random drug and alcohol testing in safety-sensitive workplaces. (In PDF)
by Steven Williams, Emond Harnden LLP
View Article  [Article No. 46392]


Nova Scotia
 
Updating the Occupational First Aid Regulations
The Nova Scotia government is updating the Occupational First Aid Regulations. To this end, they are holding consultation sessions in January to review and discuss the proposed changes.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 46386]


Ontario
 
Employees should file wrongful dismissal claims sooner than later
In a recent Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) decision, the OCA made an employer-friendly decision which will serve to reduce potential liability for wrongful dismissal claims.
by Lewis Waring, Paralegal, Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 46387]


Quebec
 
CNESST 2020-23 strategic plan
The Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) recently unveiled its 2020B2023 strategic plan.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 46388]


Yukon
 
A review of minimum wage suggests it's time for a raise
After reviewing the minimum wage increase, the Yukon Employment Standards Board is recommending a gradual increase to the minimum wage to $15.12 per hour by 2021.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 46389]