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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
 
Consumer price index, July 2018
Data for the consumer price index for July 2018 is now available. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 44670]
 
Study finds benefits outweigh costs for workplaces that accommodate people with mental illness
According to a new study on the business case of accommodating mental illnesses, for employers, the economic benefits of hiring and accommodating workers with mental illnesses outweigh the costs.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44659]
 
Women entrepreneurship strategy
The Canadian government has implemented Canada’s first women's entrepreneurship strategy, which was announced in Budget 2018.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44660]
 
Personal protective equipment (PPE) to be harmonized across Canada
The federal government, provinces and territories are proposing an approach for occupational health and safety harmonization across all 14 jurisdictions in Canada, starting with personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements, such as hearing protection, respiratory protection and personal floatation devices.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44661]
 
According to study, supervisors who react with support can help injured workers return to the job
A study examining return to work and social support finds importance in supervisors’ first reaction to injury.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44662]


British Columbia
 
Human Rights Tribunal 2017–2018 annual report
The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal’s 2017–2018 annual report has been filed with the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly and is now available to the public.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44656]
 
Employee's secret pay raise and bonus constitute "just cause" for dismissal
The British Columbia Supreme Court recently upheld an employer's after-acquired cause defence, and found that an employee's secret pay raise and bonus warranted his summary dismissal. (In PDF)
by Erin S. White, Harris & Company LLP
View Article  [Article No. 44669]


Federally Regulated
 
OELs in federally regulated workplace
The Department of Employment and Social Development Labour Program announced that amendments to protect the health of employees in federally regulated workplaces by setting an appropriate OEL for two known health hazards: grain dust and flour dust are now in force.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 43657]


Manitoba
 
Report finds hundreds of civil servants have experienced harassment
The Manitoba government held a consultation with more than 3,000 employees about government culture and found that hundreds of civil servants experienced sexual harassment while working but most did not report it.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44657]
 
Human Rights Commission 2017 annual report
The 2017 annual report of the activities of the Manitoba Human Rights Commission and the Human Rights Adjudication Panel was recently tabled by Minister of Justice, Heather Stefanson.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44658]


Ontario
 
Forklift operators found guilty of OHSA offence for using cellphones
Drawing parallels with the Highway Traffic Act, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice found two forklift operators guilty of dangerous operation of equipment for using their cellphones, pursuant to section 28(2)(b) of the .
by Ava Z Moradi, JD, Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44663]
 
Former employer accountable for undiscovered disability claim
Reversing the trial judge’s decision, on April 19, 2018, the Court of Appeal for Ontario reversed concluded that an employee can still benefit from a former employer’s long-term disability coverage despite discovering the disability while working for a new employer.
by Ava Z Moradi, JD and Yosie Saint-Cyr, Editors, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44664]
 
Provincial Cannabis Act
Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government announced Monday, August 13, 2018, that the previous Liberal government's cannabis framework is being scrapped. The government will allow recreational pot to be sold in retail stores on April 1, 2019, while the province will handle online sales starting October 17, 2018, through the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS).
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44059]


Prince Edward Island
 
Proposed WCB Medical Cannabis policy
The Workers Compensation Board has approved in principle the following new WCB policy on medical cannabis. Interested stakeholders are invited to provide feedback on the draft policy by September 2, 2018.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44665]


Quebec
 
Pay equity maturity calculator
As stated on the Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail website, a tool is now available to help you determine your deadlines, thereby fulfilling your Quebec pay equity obligations.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44666]


Saskatchewan
 
Labour Relations and Workplace Safety's 2017–18 annual report
The Saskatchewan Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety's 2017–18 Annual Report presents the ministry’s activities and results for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44667]


Yukon
 
WCB 2018 assessment rates
The Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board (YWCHSB) is announcing industry classifications and assessment rates for the upcoming year two months earlier than normal.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44668]