LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
June 12: Significant Labour Standards Act changes under Bill 176 passed the National Assembly and have begun being phased into effect. Highlights:
- Equal pay rights for part-timers, temps and temporary foreign workers
- New right to stagger work week schedules without CNESST approval
- Broader work refusal rights for employees
- Extra week of vacation pay for employees with 3+ years of continuous service
- Domestic violence leave
- Right of employees to be paid for absences related to family obligations.
June 12: New Bill 176 also bans employers from offering less favourable pensions or other employment benefits to employees performing the same work in the same establishment solely on the basis of the date they were hired. Employees who think they received unequal treatment have 12 months to file a complaint with CNESST or Administrative Labour Tribunal.
June 12: Bill 176 provisions affecting personnel placement and recruitment agencies:
- Agencies must hold licence issued by CNESST
- Ban on paying less to employees than client pays workers performing same task in same establishment solely on the basis of employment status, e.g., temp vs. full-time
- Ban on charging temporary foreign workers recruitment fees or requiring them to entrust custody of personal documents or property.
June 12: Expanded protections against psychological harassment under Bill 176:
- Clarification that verbal comments, actions or gestures of a sexual nature count as psychological harassment
- Employer duty to adopt and distribute a policy for preventing psychological harassment and procedure for filing, investigating and responding to complaints
- Employees given 2 years to file harassment complaints with CNESST
- Employer duty to notify CNESST of psychological harassment complaints received without delay.
June 19: The government announced that it’s cutting the 2019 QPIP contribution rate by 4%.
2019 QPIP Contribution Rates
|Maximum insurable earnings||$74,000|
|Employee premium rate||0.526%||0.548%|
|Employer premium rate||0.736%||0.767%|
|Self-employer premium rate||0.934%||0.973%|
Jan. 1: CNESST has decided to keep the 2019 average Occupational Health and Safety Fund contribution rate at $1.79 per $100 assessable payroll.
July: New RQ forms and publications (so far):
- TP-752.0.14-V, Certificate Respecting an Impairment
- ADM-601-V, Annual Report of the Office for the Protection of human rights Customer
- ADM-527, Plan of action 2018-2019.