LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Oct. 1: The minimum wage increases 10¢ to $11.06 per hour, enough to top Nova Scotia by a dime but still leaving Saskatchewan with the second lowest minimum wage in the country.
Aug. 31: Public consultations end on government actions to help employers minimize the risk of workplace impairment once recreational cannabis is legalized on Oct. 17. Options on the table include requiring employees to disclose if they’re impaired at work and would create a safety risk and requiring employers, in turn, to accommodate employees who come forward and make such a disclosure.
Aug.: According to the new Labour Relations and Workplace Safety 2017-2018 Annual Report, employment standards complaints held steady but follow-up action was significantly down in the past year in terms of both investigations and owed wages assessed—although collection rates of assessed wages was up sharply.
Saskatchewan Employment Standards Enforcement: Year-Over-Year
|Anonymous or third-party complaints||135||100|
|Owed wages assessed||$2.6 million||$3.604 million|
|Owed wages actually recovered||$2.1 million||$2.522 million|
Saskatchewan OHS Statistics: Year-Over-Year
|Province-wide injury rate (per 100 workers)||5.25||5.59|
|Injury rate in priority sectors (per 100 workers)||5.29||5.38|
|Notices of contravention issued||1,142||1,064|
|Stop work orders issued||175||185|
Saskatchewan Pensions Fee Increases
|Effective January 1, 2019|
|Annual Information Report filing fee per member||· From $7 to $10 per active member
· From $3.50 to $5 per retired or inactive member
|AIR filing minimum fee||From $150 to $300|
|AIR filing maximum fee||From $15,000 to $30,000|