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Largest WCB benefits fraud in Saskatchewan history nets man 2.5 year prison sentence

Jurisdiction: - Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Workers Compensation Board posted this on its website on May 18, 2017:

A former labourer was sentenced today in Melfort at the Court of Queen's Bench to two and a half years in jail for defrauding the Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board (WCB).

The former claimant was found guilty of filing two false claims, in addition to returning to work while in receipt of benefits. The WCB received a restitution order for the full amount of the fraud of $137,377. 76.

A May 23, 2017 story in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix ("Jail time for man convicted of defrauding Sask. Workers' Compensation Board of $137,377", Bre McAdam) identified the man as Larry Hayter and had WCB spokeswoman, Heather Getz, confirming that it is the largest WCB benefits fraud Saskatchewan has ever seen.

British Columbia government bans mandatory high heels in the workplace

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

The British Columbia government announced today that it is following through on its commitment to ban mandatory high heels in the workplace.

This moves follows the introduction of a bill to the same effect by British Columbia Green Party Leader and MLA Andrew Weaver on March 7, 2017,  International Women's Day.

The full text of the news release is as follows:

B.C. bans mandatory high heels in the workplace

The B.C. government has followed through on its commitment to ban mandatory high heels in the workplace, announced Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, Shirley Bond.

The requirement to wear high heels in some workplaces is a workplace health and safety issue. There is a risk of physical injury from slipping or falling, as well as possible damage to the feet, legs and back from prolonged wearing of high heels while at work.

The change was made by amending the existing footwear regulation (section 8.22) of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, under the Workers Compensation Act.  read more »

BC to start indexing minimum wage to provincial Consumer Price Index

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

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 »