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Labour Minister Leitch and US Secretary Perez discuss paid leave, advancement of women in workplace

Jurisdiction: - Canada/Federal - United States

The federal Ministry of Labour issued the following news release on December 8, 2014:

Minister Leitch and United States Labor Secretary Tom Perez hold bilateral talks in Ottawa

Minister Leitch and Secretary Perez discussed paid leave and the advancement of women in the workplace

December 8, 2014- Gatineau, Quebec - Employment and Social Development Canada

The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, discussed bilateral labour issues with her American counterpart, the Honorable Tom Perez, United States Secretary of Labor, during his first official visit to Canada.

Secretary Perez expressed an interest in paid leave as a means of boosting labour market participation and wished to learn about Canada's approach to it from Minister Leitch.  read more »

BC Federation of Labour launches "Fight For $15" campaign to increase province's minimum wage

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

The BC Federation of Labour issued the following news release on November 26, 2014 outlining its new camaign to increase the province's minimum wage, which currently sits at $10.25 for most jobs, to $15:

BCFED launches Fight For $15 campaign to increase the minimum wage

November 26, 2014

VANCOUVER - The BC Federation of Labour has launched the Fight For $15 campaign, calling on the provincial government to increase the minimum wage to $15/hour.

"At the current minimum wage, working full-time is not enough to lift a worker out of poverty," said Jim Sinclair, President of the BC Federation of Labour. "It has been almost three years since the last increase to the minimum wage. Workers fall behind when their wage is stagnant, yet the cost of living goes up each year."  read more »

Alberta Information and Privacy Commissioner comments on proposed amendments to Alberta PIPA

Jurisdiction: - Alberta

The Alberta Information and Privacy Commissioner's office issued the news release below today (November 20, 2014) in relation to proposed amendments to the Alberta Personal Information Protection Act.

The proposed amendments have been tabled by the Alberta government in response to a decision issued by the Supreme Court of Canada in December 2013. See my post here: "SCC rules that AB PIPA violates freedom of expression in the labour relations context; PIPA struck down".

The proposed amendments also follow a letter that the Alberta Commissioner, Jill Clayton, wrote in December 2013, following the Supreme Court of Canada's decision. See my post here:"Alberta Privacy Commissioner pens letter regarding how to make Alberta PIPA constitutionally compliant"

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November 20, 2014  read more »

Canada's labour relations laws restrict worker choice, discourage investment, job growth, says Fraser Institute

Topics: - News Releases
Jurisdiction: - All - United States

The Frasr Institute issued this news release on August 28, 2014

VANCOUVER-As Labour Day approaches, Canada's biased labour relations laws are failing workers, restricting their choices, and potentially stunting job growth and investment, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

The study, Labour Relations Laws in Canada and the United States, provides an empirical analysis of labour relations laws in the private sector for the 10 Canadian provinces, the Canadian federal government, and the 50 U.S. states. The study's Index of Labour Relations Laws provides an overall measurement of the extent to which jurisdictions achieve balance in their labour relations laws.  read more »

Scotiabank announces that it has reached a settlement in overtime class action

Jurisdiction: - Canada/Federal

Scotiabank issued a news releae today announcing that it has settled the Fulawka v. The Bank of Nova Scotia overtime class action that was filed in 2007. The release states:

Scotiabank and the representative plaintiff Cindy Fulawka have reached an agreement to settle the Fulawka v. The Bank of Nova Scotia Overtime Class Action. A hearing for approval of the proposed settlement will take place on August 12. The class action was commenced against the Bank in December 2007 on behalf of certain full-time retail branch bank employees in Canada who held the positions of Personal Banking Officer, Senior Personal Banking Officer, Financial Advisor or Account Manager Small Business.  read more »

New Brunswick introduces "improvements" to its Employment Standards Act

Jurisdiction: - New Brunswick

The New Brunswick government has introduced "improvements" to its Employment Standards Act. This is the full news  release that was issued on Wednesday, December 3, 2013:

Improvements to Employment Standards Act introduced

The provincial government introduced today amendments to the Employment Standards Act that will improve its ability to protect foreign workers in New Brunswick.

The amendments will create an employer registry that will strengthen the communication of the provincial government with foreign workers and their employers about employment standards and the rights and responsibilities of employees and employers.

The amendment adds provisions to ensure employers only recover allowable recruitment and transportation costs from the foreign workers themselves. It clarifies legal practices with respect to foreign worker housing arrangements and the holding of personal documents such as passports and work permits.  read more »

WorkSafeBC announces latest administrative penalties imposed on British Columbia employers

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

WorkSafeBC issued a news release today concerning the latest administrative penalties imposed on employers. Of note:  read more »

New union discussions by Communications, Energy and Paperworkers, Canadian Auto Workers reach milestone

Here is a news release issued yesterday (May 24, 2012) by the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP) and the Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) concerning their efforts to join forces and create a new national union in Canada:

The joint CEP/CAW Proposal Committee has reached an important milestone in creating a new national union, coming to a consensus on a possible structure for the organization featuring a strong regional presence.

The Proposal Committee was established by the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union and the Canadian Auto Workers union to develop a plan for a new national union, which would be the largest private sector union in Canada representing more than 300,000 members.

Following four days of meetings last week in Toronto the Proposal Committee, made up of eight representatives from each union, reached consensus on a plan that establishes a "robust regional presence" and outlines how the new union could be run.  read more »

Canadian Human Rights Commission "Cautions Employers on Rights of Aging Workers"

Jurisdiction: - Canada/Federal

The Canadian Human Rights Commission issued a news release on March 26, 2012 that "Cautions Employers on Rights of Aging Workers". The release reads:

On December 16, 2011, the Government of Canada repealed the section of the Canadian Human Rights Act that permitted federally regulated employers to impose mandatory retirement in some circumstances.

This measure was included in the Budget Implementation Act, which also stipulated a one-year transition period before the repeal of section 15 (1) (c) of the Canadian Human Rights Act takes effect.

The Canadian Human Rights Commission has received inquiries and is aware of media commentary about employers seeking to take advantage of the transition period to force employees to retire before they are ready to. While there is no evidence that this is taking place, the Commission believes it is prudent to caution any employer that might be considering such action to think again.  read more »

Class action filed against RCMP: Lawsuit alleges widespread sexual discrimination and harassment

Jurisdiction: - All
Sector: - Public Safety

The following news release was issued on March 27, 2012 by law firms Klein Lyons, a law firm with offices in Vancouver and Toronto, and / or Watkins Law, a law firm in Thunder Bay, Ontario:

CLASS ACTION FILED AGAINST RCMP
Lawsuit Alleges Widespread Sexual Discrimination and Harassment

VANCOUVER, March 27, 2012-A class action lawsuit was filed today in the B.C. Supreme Court against the R.C.M.P. on behalf of female employees of the RCMP. The suit, filed by former RCMP constable Janet Merlo, alleges widespread systemic discrimination by the RCMP against female members, civilian members and civil service employees.  read more »