LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Apr. 1: The minimum wage went up 30¢ to $11.55 per hour.
May 15: Today is last call for comments on a proposal to make prevention of workplace harassment an express duty under OHS laws (currently, the obligation is only implied as part of the “general duty” clause). In addition to defining “harassment” broadly to include conduct harming physical and psychological health and safety, the new rules would require employers to develop and implement a written harassment prevention policy that includes:
- A statement that every worker is entitled to work free of harassment
- The employer’s stated commitment to ensure a harassment-free workplace and investigate harassment complaints
- Complaint and investigation procedures
- Assurances against reprisals for making complaints.
March 27: Legal use of recreational cannabis will be limited to private residences with a few narrow exceptions unlikely to impact workplaces). Other key details in PEI’s new cannabis legalization plan:
- Age 19 minimum to purchase, possess and use
- Possession limit of 30 grams (or its equivalent)
- Personal cultivation limit of 4 plants per household
- New penalties for cannabis-impaired driving
- Products to be sold out of 4 government-owned stores and online
- Available products to include dried cannabis, cannabis oil, seeds and seedlings.
May 10: The WCB will finish its review of lump sum benefit payments for a worker’s work-related death. The headliner: Increasing the lump sum benefit amount, currently $10,000, to 40% of the Maximum Assessable Earnings for the year in which the fatality occurred in accordance with the way it’s done in most jurisdictions.