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Canadian Payroll and Employment Law at work®


Features for the Week of August 13, 2018 Text Size: M L XL XXL
Reported News and Articles by Jurisdiction


National
 
Bill C-46 provides guidance for the assessment of marijuana impairment in the workplace
The legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada finally has some clarity and a date. Effective October 17, 2018, the possession and use of recreational marijuana will be legal across Canada. Bill C-46 introduces new impaired driving laws that could...
by Duncan Burns-Shillington, DLA PIPER
View Article  [Article No. 44651]
 
Labour force survey, July 2018
Employment rose by 54,000 in July, driven by gains in part-time work. The unemployment rate declined by 0.2 percentage points to 5.8%. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 44653]
 
Finance releases draft legislation for 2018 budget and other measures for comment
On July 27, 2018, the federal Department of Finance released for consultation a package of draft legislative proposals and explanatory notes relating to a number of measures announced in the 2018 federal budget. (In PDF)
by Knotia, EYEP and/or E&Y LLP and/or CPA Canada
View Article  [Article No. 44654]
 
Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Made by the Canada Employment Insurance Commission: Social Insurance Number
The Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations (SJCSR) has identified a number of technical issues related to the consistency and clarity of the Social Insurance Number Regulations (SIN Regulations) and section 89 of the Employment Insurance Regulations (EIR) and has recommended that these Regulations be amended to address these issues.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44638]
 
New biometrics rules starting July 31 applies to work visas
Starting July 31, 2018, fingerprints and a photo will become mandatory for many people from Europe, the Middle East and Africa applying for a Canadian visitor visa, work or study permit, permanent residence or asylum in Canada.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44639]
 
Online consultations on national pharmacare
The Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare announced on July 20, 2018, the launch of the Council’s online consultation.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44640]
 
Review executive remuneration strategies in light of US tax changes
New changes to the limitation on corporate tax deductions for employee remuneration in the United States may mean that public companies should revisit their executive compensation plans and make any necessary adjustments to their overall remuneration approach.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44641]
 
Why the need for a scent-free policy is not a solution in the detection of cannabis use and impairment
There is a recent article that suggested that implementing a scent-free or fragrance-free environment policy would help employers know if their employee is high at work from cannabis use, and what actions to take when they catch them high at work.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44642]


Alberta
 
A cap on assessable earnings will continue for 2019
According to the Alberta Workers’ Compensation Board, as a result of legislative changes effective September 1, 2018, workers’ compensable earnings will no longer be capped. This means that workers with a date of accident on or after September 1, 2018, will be compensated at 90 percent of their net earnings, with no limit.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44634]


British Columbia
 
Consultation on proposed policy amendments to Part 24, diving, fishing and other marine operations
The Policy, Regulation and Research Division of WorkSafeBC is releasing a discussion paper on proposed amendments to Part 24 policies on diving, fishing and other marine ooperations in the prevention manual. (In PDF)
by WorkSafeBC
View Article  [Article No. 44650]
 
Agriculture economist to study farm worker wages
On July 16, 2018, the British Columbia government announced that Karen Taylor, a UBC agricultural economist, has been retained to study agriculture piece rates and the minimum wages for farm workers who harvest crops by hand.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44635]
 
PNP extended an additional year to tech sector
British Columbia (BC) Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Tech Pilot program has been extended for an additional year to June 2019.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44636]


Federally Regulated
 
Regulatory framework around upcoming harassment and violence legislation
The federal government is consulting on proposed regulatory framework around upcoming harassment and violence legislation in federally regulated workplaces to support Bill C-65.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44637]


New Brunswick
 
WorkSafeNB task force report submitted
On July 17, 2018, the WorkSafeNB task force presented its report to the government that includes 28 recommendations to address rate-setting, the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal, occupational health and safety, return to work, rehabilitation, benefits, governance and the three-day waiting period.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44643]
 
New workplace regulations to prevent violence and harassment
The New Brunswick government new workplace regulations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act aimed at preventing workplace violence and harassment to protect workers comes into force September 1, 2018.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 43985]


Ontario
 
York University strike ends with back-to-work legislation
On July 25, 2018, the Ontario government gave royal assent to the Urgent Priorities Act, 2018 (Bill 2) to, among other things, end a nearly five-month-long strike at York University.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44644]
 
Employer pays for constructively dismissed employee’s job search expenses
In a recent decision, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice awarded $45,000 to a former employee for her job-search and relocation expenses due to being constructively dismissed after a corporate merger.
by Ava Z Moradi, JD, Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44645]
 
Does an individual’s right to free speech trump employees’ rights to safety and security at work?
The Ontario Court of Appeal recently held that issuing a trespass notice against a customer who made town employees feel unsafe violated his freedom of expression as guaranteed by section 2(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
by Ava Z Moradi, JD, Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44646]
 
Termination v. layoff of seasonal workers
In a recent decision, Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal overturned an Appeals Resolution Officer’s decision by holding that a construction worker’s seasonal layoff after an injury constituted termination of employment and was therefore entitled to loss of earning benefits.
by Ava Z Moradi, JD, Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44647]


Prince Edward Island
 
Minimum wage review
The Employment Standards Board of Prince Edward Island is carrying out its annual review of the minimum wage, as required according to section 5(2) of the Employment Standards Act.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44648]
 
WCB 2017 annual report
On June 22, 2018, the Workers’ Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island released its 2017 Annual Report.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44649]


Quebec
 
Upcoming income tax measures
On July 10, 2018, Quebec released Information Bulletin 2018-06, which includes the following tax measures: (In PDF)
by Knotia, EYEP and/or E&Y LLP and/or CPA Canada
View Article  [Article No. 44655]