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Canadian Payroll and Employment Law at work®


Features for the Week of December 9, 2019 Text Size: M L XL XXL
Reported News and Articles by Jurisdiction


National
 
2019–2020 payroll rates chart
This chart allows employers and HR and payroll professionals to view information at a glance on Canada/Quebec pension plans, employment insurance, federal/provincial and territorial minimum wage rates, basic personal amounts, workers' compensation premium rates and maximum assessable earnings, among others, for 2019 and 2020. The chart is updated as of December 5, 2019.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 8453]
 
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, September 2019
The average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $1,042 in September, up from August. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 46138]
 
Labour productivity, hourly compensation and unit labour cost, third quarter 2019
Labour productivity of Canadian businesses grew 0.2% in the third quarter, after edging up 0.1% in the previous quarter. This was the third consecutive quarterly increase. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 46139]
 
Labour force survey, November 2019
The labour force survey monthly release provides estimates of employment and unemployment. The data for November 2019 is now available. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 46140]
 
New CSA research finds Canadian employers can do more to address workplace fatigue
According to key findings from the CSA Group's latest research report, which was released on November 20, 2019, a common definition of workplace fatigue is currently lacking in Canada.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 46125]
 
Canadian employees suffer from vacation shaming
According to a study by Skyscanner, a travel company, Canadians value their time off work, but only 66 percent take all of the time they’re owed – which may be attributed to a rising workplace trend called “vacation shaming.”
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 46126]


Alberta
 
New law affecting fiscal measures and employment law
On December 5, 2019, the Alberta government gave royal assent to two Bills that, according to the government, will address the current overspending problem. One of the Bills makes several legislative changes that impact labour and employment relations in the province.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45978]
 
Employment law changes for farm and ranch workers
The Farm Freedom and Safety Act (introduced as Bill 26) received royal assent on December 5, 2019 to bring forward changes to support the unique nature of the farm and ranch business and repeal the previous government’s Bill 6. The Bill comes into force at various dates.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 46043]


British Columbia
 
New pension regulator
As of November 1, 2019, the Financial Institutions Commission (FICOM) was officially replaced by the British Columbia Financial Services Authority (BCFSA) as British Columbia's pension regulator.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 46116]


Federally Regulated
 
Employer’s failure to share: not fair
The recent case of the Federal Court of Canada involved the issue of procedural fairness in the context of a disciplinary investigation.
by Daniel Standing LL.B., Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 46117]


Manitoba
 
Amendments to domestic violence leave
The Manitoba government is introducing amendments to The Employment Standards Code to broaden the current domestic violence leave to include victims of interpersonal violence.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 46118]
 
Changes to The Pension Benefits Act
The Manitoba government is moving ahead with reforms to strengthen its current pension benefits legislation and provide Manitobans with more flexibility.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 46119]
 
Conciliation and grievance mediation to be handled by the private sector
On November 28, 2019, the government tabled Bill 16, The Labour Relations Amendment Act to allow the transition of conciliation and grievance mediation functions to the private sector.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 46120]
 
Workplace Safety and Health Amendment Act changes
On November 28, 2019, the Manitoba government tabled Bill 12, The Workplace Safety and Health Amendment Act to reduce duplication, strengthen penalties for serious workplace infractions and improve the efficiency of services.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 46121]
 
Changes to public sector collective bargaining
On November 28, 2019, the Manitoba government introduced Bill 9, The Public Services Sustainability Amendment Act to help make collective bargaining more flexible and responsive to public-sector priorities.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 46122]
 
Public sector tenders (construction projects)
On November 28, 2019, the Manitoba government introduced proposed legislation that would give all companies an equal opportunity to bid or work on construction projects, including provincially tendered infrastructure projects.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 46123]
 
Significant changes to The Workers Compensation Act
On November 28, 2019, the Manitoba government introduced proposed legislation that would implement significant changes to The Workers Compensation Act as recommended by the 2016-17 Legislative Review Committee (LRC) report.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 46124]


New Brunswick
 
Amendments to essential services legislation introduced
The New Brunswick government has introduced amendments to the Essential Services in Nursing Homes Act.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 46127]
 
Binding arbitration changes for police and firefighters
New Brunswick Labour Minister Trevor Holder has introduced legislative amendments to the binding arbitration process for police officers and firefighters that would take into consideration a municipality's ability to pay for any increases.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 46128]
 
Changes to employment support delivery
The New Brunswick government is changing the way employment programs are offered to better meet the needs of employers, job seekers and communities.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 46129]


Northwest Territories
 
Upcoming statutory leave changes
The Northwest Territories An Act to Amend the Employment Standards Act (introduced as Bill 57) to align with recent changes to the Canada Labour Code and the Employment Insurance Act, as well as to update certain provisions of the Act to better protect Northwest Territories workers comes into force on January 1, 2020.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45569]


Ontario
 
OHIP out-of-country coverage to terminate
Effective January 1, 2020, the Ontario government will no longer cover under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) any emergency medical costs for Ontarians travelling outside of Canada.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 46130]
 
FSRA issues pension priorities for 2020
The Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA) issued two documents that detail the FSRA's priorities to strengthen its oversight activities in the pension sector and identify the principles that will help guide those activities.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 46131]
 
Public sector AODA accessibility compliance report
All designated public sector organizations (including public bodies and those in the broader public sector) with one or more employee are required to submit their accessibility compliance reports by December 31, 2019.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 46132]


Quebec
 
Certificat de sélection du Québec under Quebec’s permanent economic immigration programs
Effective January 1, 2020, applicants for Quebec's permanent economic immigration programs will be required to obtain “an attestation of learning about democratic values and the Québec values expressed by the Québec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.”
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 46133]
 
Another Bill to implement 2019 budget measures
Quebec’s Bill 42 implements budget 2019 measures and various other measures contained in information bulletins published in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 46134]
 
Amendments to the Regulation respecting supplemental pension plans
The Regulation, published in the November 20, 2019, edition of the Gazette officielle du Québec, aims to review the scale to be used to determine the level of the stabilization provision, among other measures.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 46135]
 
Enforcement of psychological harassment policy
The CNESST (Quebec’s Ministry of Labour) has decided to grant a grace period of one year before imposing sanctions on employers that did not comply with their obligations to implement a psychological harassment workplace policy.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 46136]
 
New features on the pension portal
Retraite Québec has added new features to the Supplemental pension plans Portal that address concerns only for pension plan administrators’ representatives and pension committee members.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 46137]