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Business Council of BC report foresees more precarious work, greater income inequality in the future

Topics: - Workforce Trends
Jurisdiction: - All - British Columbia
Sector: - All

The Business Council of British Columbia ("BCBC") has released a report on, "Preparing Canada's Workforce for the Next 150: Part One - Government Driven Solutions" (posted July 5, 2017).

The BCBC states in the report that, based on its reading of the policy and academic literature, these are three reasonable projections of what the labour market is expected to look like in the decades ahead:

  1. employment will be less secure, as we shift from stable, predictable employment to more precarious work.
  2. greater polarization between skilled and non-skilled workers, which in turn tends to aggravate overall income inequality. 
  3. declining quality of jobs, meaning more people are working part-time instead of full-time (often not by choice), more are self-employed, and more are engaged in relatively low-paid work.

The report goes on to review the "levers" that government can use to address these trends, which include investing in the right kinds of education and skills development and continuing to support investment in STEM-related occupations (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science), and the industries that rely on STEM and related technical skills.

The full report can be viewed at the link below.

SCC: cocaine addicted employee involved in workplace accident dismissed for breach of policy, not drug use

Jurisdiction: - Alberta - All
Sector: - Mining

In a decision issued today - Stewart v. Elk Valley Coal Corp., 2017 SCC 30 - the Supreme Court of Canada tackled the difficult issue of when and on what basis an employer can dismiss an employee addicted to drugs.  


As set out by the SCC, these are the facts:

[1]   Ian Stewart worked in a mine operated by the Elk Valley Coal Corporation, driving a loader.  The mine operations were dangerous, and maintaining a safe worksite was a matter of great importance to the employer and employees  read more »

Competition Law Issues for HR Professionals in Canada

Jurisdiction: - All - United States
Sector: - All

I came across an interesting article today by Mark C. Katz entitled, "Competition Law Issues for HR Professionals in Canada".

Mark is a lawyer at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP in Toronto. The article was published in December 2016.

You can access the full article at the link below but this is the introduction:  read more »

Workers at medical marijuana clinic in Toronto join union, believed to be first for such workers in Canada

Jurisdiction: - All
Sector: - Health Care

The workers at a medical marijuana clinic in Toronto, the Canna Clinic on Broadview Avenue, have voted to join Unifor, making them the first medical marijuana workers in Canada to unionize, according to an announcement today by the union.

Unifor states that 40 employees at the clinic are now members of the union and that they will now begin to negotiate a first collective agreement at the clinic. The staff includes reception, production and packaging and retail staff, as well as supervisors.

Canna has four other clinics in Toronto, as well as clinics in Vancouver. The Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries estimated in 2016 that there were at least 350 medical marijuana dispensaries in Canada (see National Post Article, "Avalanche' of pot dispensaries popping up across Canada is leaving some cities without an answer", April 24, 2016).

Jerry Dias, the Unifor National President, commented, "This is a fast-growing industry, and with the advent of legalization, it is important that the workers have a voice and representation as the sector evolves over the coming years".  read more »

HRMA: "Managing the Mobile Workforce: What You Need to Know Before Arranging an International Assignment"

Jurisdiction: - All - United States
Sector: - All

I will be moderating a panel session at the Human Resources Management Association (HRMA) Tradeshow and Conference on May 2, 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

The topic of the session is, "Managing the Mobile Workforce: What You Need to Know Before Arranging an International Assignment", with a focus on the immigration, tax and employment law issues associated with cross border employment. 

The three panelists are:  read more »

Working and Doing Business in Canada: Tax Tips for Immigration Law Practitioners

Jurisdiction: - All - United States
Sector: - All

I attended a presentation yesterday on "Working and Doing Business in Canada: Tax Tips for Immigration Law Practitioners". It was presented by Nupur Rishi - Senior Manager - PwC Law, Global Mobility Services.

Nupar spoke about the personal, payroll and corporate tax considerations that employers must be aware of before sending employees to Canada on work assignments and, as part of this, the misunderstood "183 day" rule.

Photo Credit:  401(K) 2012 

Top 10 Employment Law Cases of 2016

Naomi E. Calla, a lawyer at Borden Ladner Gervais, has written an article on the Top 10 Employment Law Cases of 2016.

The cases and her brief summaries are:  read more »

Top 10 most significant employment law cases in Canada for women

In light of International Women's Day back on March 8, 2015, Legal Feeds, the Blog for Canadian Lawyer & Law Times published a list of the most significant court decisions for women in the workplace over the last 25 year, as compiled by the lawyers at Rubin Thomlinson LLP in Ontario. Here is the firm's top 10 list:  read more »

Federal government given mostly "C grades" for quantity / accessibility of labour market information

Jurisdiction: - All

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce issued the following news release today (May 21, 2015) concerning the federal government's performance on labour market information which, according to the Chamber, helps Canadians find information about jobs and labour market trends and outlooks:

Ottawa, May 21, 2015 - Good information is the basis of good decisions, but when it comes to information about Canada's labour market, the federal government is delivering a poor performance. Today, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce released How good is Canada's labour market information?, a report card rating the federal government performance on labour market information. It shows a series of mostly C grades on the information Canadian business, educators and job seekers rely on to understand the labour market of today and the future.  read more »