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British Columbia's "Employment Law Conference 2010" (CLE)

As I noted in my post a few days ago, I presented a paper on The Law on Workplace Investigations: An Update on Key Developments on May 13, 2010 at the BC "Employment Law Conference 2010" Continuing Legal Education (CLE).

The other presenters on Day 1, and their topics, were:  read more »

Glowing Hearts Day: A new statutory holiday for British Columbia?

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

Almost 6,000 people have signed Kathryn Holmes' petition for a new statutory holiday in British Columbia called "Glowing Hearts Day". Holmes seized on the idea as a permanent way to honour the spirit of the Olympics as she was walking home from the gold medal hockey game at Canada Hockey Place.    

Holmes is proposing that the holiday fall on the third Monday in February. This would allow BC to harmonize with other Canadian provinces that already have a statutory holiday on this date, including Alberta (Family Day), Saskatchewan (Family Day), Manitoba (Louis Riel Day), Ontario (Family Day) and PEI (Islander Day).

The BC government is not keen on the idea, however. The Province newspaper reported on Tuesday that the Ministry of Labour has stated that there is no interest in a February statutory holiday because of the cost implications. According to the Ministry, another day off - BC currently has nine holidays - would cost the province $270 million in lost productivity.  read more »

Throne Speech promises benefits, leave for federally regulated employees who are victims of crime

Jurisdiction: - Canada/Federal

The federal government laid out its legislative agenda for the coming year in yesterday's Speech from the Throne. Of interest is the following promise directed at victims of crime:

Our Government will also offer tangible support to innocent victims of crime and their families. It will give families of murder victims access to special benefits under Employment Insurance. It will introduce legislation to give employees of federally regulated industries the right to unpaid leave if they or members of their families are victimized by crime. And our Government will introduce legislation to make the victim surcharge mandatory, to better fund victim services.  read more »

Only 1 in 5 Canadian employers offer "top up" payments to employees on maternity/parental leave

Only 1 in 5 Canadian employers offered "top up" or supplemental payments to employees on maternity/parental leave in 2008, according to a new Statisics Canada article ("Employer top-ups"). Key findings from the study include:  read more »

Towers Watson releases "Government Benefits Update 2010" for Canada

Towers Watson (formerly Watson Wyatt), which offers a variety of professional services inclduing in relation to employee benefits, has released its "Government Benefits Update 2010". It is an annual publication that provides a very useful overview of key government benefits in Canada. The specific benefits covered are:  read more »

Legislation to be introduced to allow self-employed access to maternity and parental EI benefits

The federal government will be introducing legislation tomorrow that will allow self-employed individuals access to maternity and parental leave benefits under the Employment Insurance program, according to this Globe and Mail story.

Designated missions/operations that may qualify employees for reservist leave under Canada Labour Code

Jurisdiction: - Canada/Federal

The federal government introduced an unpaid leave of absence for members of the Canadian reserves (who otherwise qualify) into Part III of the Canada Labour Code in 2008 (Bill C-40).

Among other triggers, reserve members are entitled to the leave in order to take part in: operation in Canada or abroad - including preparation, training,
rest or travel from or to the employee's residence - that is designated
by the Minister of National Defence.

Until recently, it was unclear whether the 2010 Winter Olympic Games was an operation that had been designated by the Minister.

However, as seen on this list of designated missions and operations published by the federal government, the Games have indeed been designated as an operation that may entitle the reserve member for the leave.

BC extends Reservists' Leave to cover the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

The BC government announced today that it had amended the BC Employment Standards Act regulation to extend job-protected leave to Canadian Forces reservists called on to support the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

The leave, which was introduced in 2008, already protected the employment of reservists who deployed to a Canadian Forces operation outside of Canada, or to assist with an emergency inside Canada.

The new regulation now extends this support to reservists deployed to support the 2010 Games.

According to the BC Ministry of Labour, about 1,000 reservists are expected to be deployed to the Games, with half coming from within B.C.