LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
May 1: The following increases took effect as part of the government’s new 4-year plan to bring the minimum wage to a ratio equivalent to 50% of the average hourly rate ($23.73 for 2017-18) by 2020:
- General minimum wage: $12 (+75¢)
- Tip earner minimum wage: $9.80 (+60¢)
- Raspberry picker minimum wage: $3.56 per kg (+23¢)
- Strawberry picker minimum wage: 95¢ per kg (+6¢).
May: Bill 176, which has passed first reading, is in some ways the Québec version of Ontario’s Bill 148, sans a $15 minimum wage. Key provisions in this sweeping LSA reform bill (Click here for more details)
- 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.
May: In addition to the wages, benefits and absence provisions described above, Bill 176 broadens current LSA psychological harassment protections by:
- Clarifying that verbal comments, actions or gestures of a sexual nature count as psychological harassment
- Requiring employers to adopt and distribute a policy for preventing psychological harassment and procedure for filing, investigating and responding to complaints
- Notify CNESST of psychological harassment complaints received without delay.
May: New OHS fall protection regulations took effect updating:
- Guardrails requirements for ramps
- When fall protection must be provided to workers
- Barricades, gates or warning lines for trenches
- Standards for anchorage systems, components and fastenings.
May: New RQ forms and publications (so far):
- TP-1015.3-V, Source Deductions Return
- IN-105-V, Instalment Payments of Income Tax
- IN-307-V, New Business and Taxation
- IN-425.1-V, List of Accounting Software for Which Electronic Files Do Not Require any Preparation.