LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Nov. 27: Bill 153 to increase employee maternity and parental leave rights, is onto Second Reading and appears headed for eventual passage. Highlights:
- Increase maternity and adoption leave from 18 to 19 weeks
- Increase parental leave from 34 to 59 weeks (37 to 63 weeks if another parent takes entire leave or receives EI benefits)
- New unpaid leave of up to 17 weeks to care for critically ill adult family members
- Current 10 days of interpersonal violence leave broadened to include all forms of sexual violence.
Dec. 5: The Assembly tabled Private Member Bill 614 giving employees up to 5 days of paid domestic violence leave. The twist: Employers could require employees to use up their paid sick leave benefits before taking paid leave for domestic violence.
Nov. 15: The Assembly tabled Private Member Bill 611 to phase in a $15 per hour minimum wage by 2022. Proposed timetable:
- $12 on Jan. 1, 2019
- $13 on Jan. 1, 2020
- $14 on Jan. 1, 2021
- $15 on Jan. 1, 2022.
Saskatchewan Pensions Fee Increases Taking Effect Jan. 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|
Workers’ Compensation Coverage
Dec. 4: A new bill would add 6 new cancers to the list of occupational diseases presumed work-related for firefighters: prostate, skin, breast, ovarian, cervical and multiple myeloma.
Workers’ Compensation Rates
Jan. 1: The preliminary average rate for 2019 is $1.17 per $100 assessable payroll, 2¢ less than last year. But 57.5% of employers will actually pay more next year with only 42.5% getting a cut or the same rates. The 2019 rates complete the transition to the enhanced rate model first implemented in 2018. Maximum Assessable Earnings are $88,314 ($62,034 for injuries occurring before Jan. 1, 2014), as opposed $82,627 last year.