LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Apr. 1: A 15¢ CPI adjustment increase will send the minimum wage for experienced workers to $11.00 per hour and the minimum wage for those with less than 3 months’ experience to $10.50.
Jan. 12: Although it’s still too early to hit the panic button, Nova Scotia’s early returns from the new Atlantic Immigration Project have been disappointing. In 2017, Nova Scotia was assigned 792 of the 2,000 slots available among the 4 Maritimes. By year’s end, the province had filled less than half those slots, lowest among the participating provinces and less than half the output of New Brunswick. Hopefully, the results will be better in the 2 remaining years of the Pilot.
Feb.16: On Nov. 3, 2017, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeals struck down as unfair a WCB policy requiring workers to get an audiogram within 5 years of leaving the workplace or risk losing their rights to workers’ comp benefits for noise-induced hearing loss. In response, the WCB has revised Policy 1.2.5AR1: Occupational Hearing Loss to remove the 5-year audiogram requirement, effective today.