In a post yesterday, I noted that the BC Government issued a news release setting out the province's new approach to minimum wage increases: "BC indexing general minimum wage and liquor server wage to provincial Consumer Price Index".
The Business Council of British Columbia issued the following news release the same day that the government announced the new policy (March 12, 2015) expressing its support for the policy:
"The Business Council supports the government's decision today to implement a modest increase of the statutory minimum wage of $0.20 to $10.45 and to index future increases to the consumer price index as the Council has previously advocated," said Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer, Business Council of British Columbia. read more »
The BC Government issued the following news release on March 12, 2015:
The B.C. government is indexing increases in the general minimum hourly wage and liquor server wage to B.C.'s Consumer Price Index (CPI), Minister for Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, and Minister Responsible for Labour, Shirley Bond announced today.
The government is committed to reasonable and predictable yearly minimum wage increases linked to B.C. CPI. Going forward, from 2016 onward, the minimum wage will be determined using a formula calculated upon the percentage the B.C. Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased in the previous calendar year. In years where there is a negative CPI change, the minimum wage would stay the same.
In addition, this indexing formula is being applied to the period since the last minimum wage increase in 2012. Effective Sept. 15, 2015, the general minimum hourly wage will increase from $10.25 to $10.45 and the liquor server wage from $9.00 to $9.20 per hour. read more »
The Ontario Securities issued this news release today (February 3, 2015):
OSC Proposes New Whistleblower Program for Public Comment
TORONTO - The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) today released OSC Staff Consultation Paper 15-401, which proposes a new whistleblower program that would encourage the reporting of serious misconduct of Ontario securities law to the OSC. Under the program, a whistleblower could be awarded a financial incentive of up to $1.5 million upon the final resolution of an administrative enforcement matter. read more »
The Ontario Ministry of Labour issued the following news release on February 17, 2015:
Ontario to Launch Public Consultations on Labour Laws
Province Aims to Address the Changing Workplace
This spring, Ontario will launch public consultations on the changing nature of the modern workplace.
Workplace trends that will be examined include:
-Greater workplace diversity.
-The increase in non-standard working relationships such as temporary jobs, part-time work, and self-employment. read more »
Anton Piller Order upheld against ex-employee suspected of taking confidential information, company property
In Peters & Co Limited v Ward, 2015 ABCA 6, the Alberta Court of Appeal upheld the lower court's decision to issue an Anton Piller Order to an investment firm that had presented evidence that an employee, who had resigned to work for a competitor, had removed confidential company information and property.
The Anton Piller Order permitted the search and seizure of the ex-employee's residences, vehicles, computer and other digital storage devices, and an office building, for the property.