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Canadian Payroll and Employment Law at work®


Features For The Week of November 20, 2017
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Reported News and Articles by Jurisdiction


National
 
Consumer price index, October 2017
Data for the consumer price index for October 2017 is now available. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 44080]
 
Bill to protect pensions from bankruptcies
A private member’s Bill was tabled in the Canadian Parliament on October 17, 2017, to protect pensions when companies become insolvent or are restructuring and/or declare bankruptcies.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44070]


Alberta
 
Agencies, boards, commissions to have codes of conduct, ethics rules under new Bill
On November 8, 2017, the Alberta government tabled Bill 27, Conflicts of Interest Amendment Act, 2017 to subject 140 agencies, boards and commissions including workers' compensation board to codes of conduct and conflict-of-interest guidelines for board chairs and chief executives.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44066]


British Columbia
 
Impact of employee surveillance program
After conducting an investigation, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia found that a chicken-catching organization in British Columbia is not allowed to collect the personal information of employees or other individuals via video and audio surveillance.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44067]


Federally Regulated
 
More changes to the Canada Labour Code
On October 27, 2017, the federal government introduced Bill C-63, Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2, which contains a number of changes to scheduling practices and leaves of absence under the Canada Labour Code. Changes that will impact federally regulated employers.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44068]
 
Strengthening the prevention of workplace violence and harassment
The federal government tabled a Bill to, among other things, require employers to develop improved policies and programs to help prevent workplace violence and harassment including sexual harassment.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44069]


Manitoba
 
Minimum wage increase for security guards
The Manitoba government amended the Employment Standards Regulation, Manitoba Regulation 6/2007 on September 28, 2017 to increase the minimum wage for persons employed as security guards.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44071]


New Brunswick
 
Proposed cannabis legislation
On November 9, 2017, the New Brunswick government tabled several Bills: Bill 16, Cannabis Control Act and Bill 17, Cannabis Management Corporation Act to establish the provincial government’s legislative framework for recreational-use cannabis in anticipation of the federal government legalizing such use by July 2018.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44072]
 
First contract proposed legislation
On October 25, 2017, the New Brunswick government has tabled Bill 4, An Act to Amend the Industrial Relations Act to provide for binding arbitration in the case of a first contract with the intention of promoting fairness and better relationships between workers and employers when they first enter into collective bargaining.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44073]
 
Pension Benefits Act amendments
On October 25, 2017, the New Brunswick government tabled Bill 7, An Act to Amend the Pension Benefits Act to strip down the pensions of future members of the legislative assembly and move MLAs to a shared-risk system.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44074]


Ontario
 
Employer accreditation program public consultation
The Ontario government is seeking public input on the employer accreditation program that will recognize employers that go above and beyond to promote health and safety practices on the job.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44075]
 
Amendments to PBA and PRPP Regulations
Amendments deal with annuity purchases on pension wind up and recognizes amendments made to the Multilateral Agreement Respecting Pooled Registered Pension Plans and Voluntary Retirement Savings Plans.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44076]
 
WSIB rate framework implementation date set
The new Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) Rate Framework will be implemented on January 1, 2020, which is one year later than the initial targeted implementation date.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44077]


Prince Edward Island
 
Current and upcoming minimum wage
The minimum wage in Prince Edward Island is set to increase by 30 cents on April 1, 2018.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 4348]


Quebec
 
Reduced rate of the health services fund contribution for small- and medium-sized businesses
The health services fund contribution rate applicable to an employer whose total payroll for a given year is less than $5 million is being reduced each year from 2017 to 2021. (In PDF)
by Revenu Quebec
View Article  [Article No. 44079]
 
Amendments to Quebec Pension Plan similar to CPP
On November 2, 2017, the Quebec government introduced Bill 149, An Act to enhance the Québec Pension Plan and to amend various retirement-related legislative provisions to, among other things, enhance the Quebec Pension Plan (QPP) in a manner similar to the forthcoming enhancements to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), which passed into law last December.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44078]


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