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Features for the Week of July 22, 2019 Text Size: M L XL XXL
Reported News and Articles by Jurisdiction


National
 
Immigration pilot for migrant farm workers
On July 12, 2019, the federal government announced the launch of the three-year Agri-Food Immigration Pilot, effective in 2020 to address the labour needs of the Canadian agri-food sector by testing a new pathway to permanent residence.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45664]
 
Employment Insurance beneficiaries, May 2019
In May, 441,300 people received regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, similar to the previous month. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 45670]
 
Construction union wage rate index, June 2019
Construction union wage rate index for Canada was unchanged in June compared with the previous month. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 45671]
 
Consumer price index, June 2019
The consumer price index rose on a year-over-year basis in June, down from an increase in May, largely due to lower month-over-month energy prices. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 45672]
 
What an aging workforce means for injury and RTW outcomes
As the average age of Canadian workers continues to rise, employers may wonder about the implications on work injury, recovery, return to work and remaining at work. Recent studies and finding of the Institute for Work and Health explains the impact of an aging workforce on injury, recovery, returning to work and remaining at work. (In PDF)
by The Institute for Work & Health
View Article  [Article No. 45650]
 
CRA interest rates for the third calendar quarter 2019
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced the prescribed annual interest rates that will apply to any amounts owed to the CRA and to any amounts owed by the CRA to individuals and corporations. These rates will be in effect from July 1, 2019 to September 30, 2019. (In PDF)
by Canada Revenue Agency
View Article  [Article No. 45652]


Alberta
 
Rolling back certain labour relations reforms
On July 18, 2019, the Alberta government gave royal assent to Bill 2, An Act to Make Alberta Open for Business to make amendments to the Labour Relations Code to reduce unfair burdens on businesses and give workers more rights in unionized workplaces.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45488]
 
Rolling back certain employment standards reforms
On July 18, 2019, the Alberta government gave royal assent to Bill 2, An Act to Make Alberta Open for Business to make amendments to the Employment Standards Code, rolling back certain measures that were implemented by the previous government and adding in new rules.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45489]
 
Discrimination on the ground of mental disability
A recent Alberta Human Rights Tribunal found that an employee was able to prove that the employer discriminated against her on the ground of mental disability.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45660]


British Columbia
 
Law to protect temporary foreign workers from exploitation in force
The Temporary Foreign Worker Protection Act to protect foreign workers from exploitation and abuse by improving protection for workers and accountability of recruiters and employers comes into force on October 1, 2019.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44810]


Federally Regulated
 
Accessible transportation for persons with disabilities regulations
The federal government has filed the Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations effective June 25, 2020. The Regulations are complementary to measures set out in the Accessible Canada Act.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45661]
 
Regulations amending certain regulations under Part II (OHS) of the Canada Labour Code
Miscellaneous amendments were made under Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Made under Part II of the Canada Labour Code to address identified issues.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45662]
 
Amendments to the personal fall-protection system and respiratory protection equipment
Effective June 25, 2019, Part XII of the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (COHSR) was amended to update the personal fall-protection system and respiratory protection equipment rules.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45663]
 
Significant Canada Labour Code reforms to come into force September 1, 2019
The federal government has proclaimed September 1, 2019 as the coming into force date for several changes to the Canada Labour Code as enacted by Bill C-63 and Bill C-86. (In PDF)
by David W. Foster, Jodi Gallagher Healy, Pamela M. Hillen, Hicks Morley LLP
View Article  [Article No. 45657]
 
Improving diversity on corporate boards
The section to require that prescribed corporations disclose to their shareholders prescribed diversity information related to their board of directors and within senior management under the Canada Business Corporations Act comes into force January 1, 2020.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44513]


New Brunswick
 
Identifying suitable employment
WorkSafeNB is consulting with interested stakeholders on Policy 21-417, Identifying Suitable Employment, which is intended to provide criteria for determining that occupations meet the definition of "suitable employment" as defined by the Workers’ Compensation Act.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45665]


Ontario
 
Years spent as contractor to be included in calculation of reasonable notice
A recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court involved the number of years of service that were included in the calculation of notice, whether a termination clause was valid, and also if inappropriate deductions were made from the employee’s pay.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45666]
 
Changes to Immigrant Nominee Program approved
The Corporate Stream, which is an immigration stream under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), has been terminated effective July 8, 2019, and all provisions in respect of that stream are removed from regulation because it has not achieved its intended objective of bringing international businesses to Ontario.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45667]
 
Twelve voluntary trades removed from the apprenticeship program and other matters
Under the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009, five regulations have been amended to de-prescribe 12 voluntary trades, effective July 1, 2019.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45668]


Prince Edward Island
 
Income tax changes Bill
On July 9, 2019, the Prince Edward Island government tabled Bill No. 12, An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act to implement certain budget measures under the Income Tax Act, effective January 1, 2020.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45669]


Quebec
 
The most common mistakes made in vacation policies
We routinely work with employers to identify issues with their policies and practices as they relate to vacation and vacation pay. In this article, we identify four of the most common errors and misconceptions made by employers. (In PDF)
by Carly Meredith, DLA Piper
View Article  [Article No. 45651]