LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
July 1: The pre-Bill 148 public holiday pay formula based on wages in the 4 weeks before the work week of the holiday divided by 20 is back in effect. Bill 148 based public holiday pay on wages in the pay period immediately before the holiday. The Liberal government revoked the rule a month before the June 7 election in response to criticism that it was costly and confusing especially to the extent it applied to part-time workers working as little as 1 day in the prior period. Will the incoming Progressive Conservative regime peel back other parts of Bill 148, including the controversial $15 minimum wage? Stay tuned.
On Deck: The Next Wave of Bill 148 ESA Changes
|EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2019|
|General Minimum Wage||Increases from $14 to $15 per hour|
|Employee Work Schedule Refusal Right||· Right to refuse employer request to work unscheduled day on less than 96 hours’ notice unless work is to deal with emergency or public threat to health or safety
· Right to request changes to work schedule or location after 3 months’ employment—if request denied, employer must furnish reasons in writing
|Call-In Pay||· Employees “on call” who aren’t called to work or are called and work less than 3 hours entitled to 3 hours’ wages
· Employer must pay 3 regular hours’ wages if it cancels employee’s scheduled day of work or on-call period on less than 48 hours’ notice
ESA Blitz Schedule for Remainder of 2018
|Inspection Initiative||Target Sector(s)||Dates|
|Province-wide Blitz||Construction||May 1 to Aug. 31|
|Eastern Region||Small retail/grocers||June 1 to Sept. 28|
|Western Region||Golf courses||June 1 to Sept. 30|
|Northern Region||Hotel/motel accommodations||Aug. 1 to Oct. 31|
|Central East Region||Small/independent retailers||Sept. 1 to Dec. 31|
|Central West Region||Retail trade (non-restaurant/grocery)||Oct. 1 to Jan. 1, 2019|
Jan. 1: That’s when the new Pay Transparency Act officially takes effect. Highlights:
- Mandatory listing of salary rates or ranges in all publicly advertised job postings
- Ban on asking job applicants how much they made with previous employers
- Ban on reprisals against employees for discussing or disclosing how much they make
- New framework for tracking and reporting gaps in pay based on gender.
Nov. 1: New background checking rules for employment and other purposes take effect. While the privacy rules will be stricter, the new Police Record Checks Reform Act should make life easier for employers by establishing a standard process for checks that are currently subject to 3 different sets of rules:
- Criminal records checks
- Criminal record and judicial matters checks
- Vulnerable sector checks.
May 8: Newly adopted Bill 31 makes changes to rules affecting Pension Benefits Guarantee Fund administration, operation and funding as well as which funds it may and may not guarantee.