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Canadian Payroll and Employment Law at work®


Features for the Week of October 22, 2018 Text Size: M L XL XXL
Reported News and Articles by Jurisdiction


National
 
Canadian benefit for parents of young victims of crime
Effective September 30, 2018, the federal government is replacing the parents of murdered or missing children grant with a new Canadian benefit for parents of young victims of crime when an employee takes a leave of absence for the death or disappearance of a child.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44772]
 
Having a work saving plan becoming important
According to a recent study, the simple act of offering employees a way to save for their future at work makes a significant difference to their overall happiness, confidence in their financial future and consequently, their work performance.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44773]
 
CPQ 2019 salary forecasts
The Conseil du patronat du Québec yearly Salary Forecasts Special Report provides an overview of the salary trends for 2019 based on several reports and studies of human resource, recruiting firms and consultants.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44774]
 
Canadian employees in line for flat pay raises in 2019
According to Willis Towers Watson, Canadian employers expect to give professional and client management employees pay raises at 2.8 percent in 2019, same as last year.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44776]
 
Private health services plans
This CRA document deals with private health services plan eligibity criteria. (In PDF)
by Knotia, EYEP and/or E&Y LLP and/or CPA Canada
View Article  [Article No. 44781]
 
Deferred salary leave plan - ITR 6801 (a)
This CRA document clarifies how a sabbatical program qualifies as a deferred salary leave plan. (In PDF, available only in French)
by Knotia, EYEP and/or E&Y LLP and/or CPA Canada
View Article  [Article No. 44782]
 
Employment Insurance beneficiaries, August 2018
In August, 464,700 people received regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, down 7,400 from the previous month. Compared with August 2017, the number of EI recipients in Canada declined by 61,900. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 44783]
 
Consumer price index, September 2018
The consumer price index (CPI) rose on a year-over-year basis in September, following a increase in August. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 44784]


British Columbia
 
Filing mental health claims with WCB
WorkSafeBC is seeking feedback on how section 55 of the Workers Compensation Act (WCA) is applied to mental disorder claims.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44771]


Manitoba
 
Bill to prohibit cannabis consumption proclaimed in force
On October 3, 2018, the Manitoba government proclaimed in force legislation to amend the Non-Smokers Health Protection and Vapour Products Act in order to prohibit the smoking or vaping of cannabis in outdoor public places and other places specified by regulation.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44357]


Nova Scotia
 
PTSD WCB benefits for first responders
The Nova Scotia government Workers’ Compensation Act (amended) to provide work-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) workers’ compensation benefits to front-line or emergency-response workers came into force October 26, 2018.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 43921]
 
Office of workplace mental health
On October 3, 2018, the Nova Scotia government opened the Office of Workplace Mental Health to assist managers and workers access mental health services and wellness supports, and in turn help employers create psychologically healthy and safe workplaces.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44777]
 
Enhancing unpaid statutory leaves
The Nova Scotia government is making changes to the Labour Standards Code to provide employees with more time off work to support and care for their families. These changes are now in force.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44730]


Ontario
 
Amendments to the provincial cannabis framework passed
On October 17, 2018, the Conservative Ontario government gave royal assent to Bill 36, Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018 to amend the rules for the distribution, sale and use of recreational cannabis (marijuana) in the province of Ontario.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44762]
 
Careful, lawyer’s communications are not always protected
The Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently found that the communications and conduct of the employer’s lawyer regarding sexual harassment investigation were not privileged and could be referred to in the employee’s Statement of Claim in the litigation against the employer.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr and Ava Z Moradi, JD, Editors, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44770]
 
Assessment of damages for sexual assault at the workplace
The Ontario Court of Appeal upheld a damage award of $200,000 against a doctor who sexually assaulted a colleague at the colleague’s home.
by Ava Z Moradi, JD, Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44778]
 
MSD prevention guidelines
The Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD) has published a new MSD Prevention Guideline for Ontario.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44779]
 
Cannabis-related amendments to smoking regulations
On October 17, 2018, the Ontario government gave royal assent to Bill 36, the Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018. To support the new Act, the Ontario government published cannabis-related amendments to two regulations, the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 Regulation (Ontario Regulation 268/18) and the Ontario Regulation 79/10 under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44780]