In early June, Bill C-68, regarding the Protection Against Genetic Discrimination Act, was introduced by the federal Minister of Justice. Should the bill pass, the Canadian Human Rights Act, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, and the Privacy Act would be amended to protect a person’s genetic information and prohibit discrimination based on […]
The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal recently dismissed a complaint with respect to mandatory retirement. The Tribunal found that an employer could force mandatory retirement where it was specifically tied to a bona fide retirement, pension or superannuation plan. The Tribunal found that the collective agreement, the municipal pension plan, and the supporting documents worked […]
The government agreement included the intention to install a second month of guaranteed wage, to be paid by the employer to employees who are incapable of working due to illness or accident. This would entail a significant additional cost for employers, but a saving for the social security system. The measure was first postponed to […]
Some of the major new measures, which will be put in place for the coming years and which will need to be further detailed, include: increasing the competitiveness of companies: the employers’ social security contribution on wages will gradually be reduced from 33% to 25% and fiscal incentives will be offered to Small and Medium […]
The Brussels’ Labour Court of Appeal ruled on 13 February 2015 that an employer moving his operating unit to the Dutch-speaking region of Belgium must translate existing labour documents (in the case at hand a yearly bonus plan) into Dutch, even if these documents were valid at the time of their initial drafting, as they […]
In December 2014, the Federal Government commissioned an inquiry by the Productivity Commission (the Australian Government’s independent research and advisory body on a range of issues affecting the welfare of Australians) into the operation of Australia’s federal industrial relations legislation. The Productivity Commission was tasked with assessing the performance of the workplace relations’ framework, focusing […]
New Zealanders’ confidence in the state of the labour market has decreased, citing low wage growth as the primary concern. This data is measured by the Westpac McDermott Miller employment confidence index, which fell 5.7 points to 102.8 in the June quarter, the lowest in two years.
The Health and Safety Reform Bill, due for enactment in April 2015 has been delayed again. One issue causing the delay is the Government’s consideration of potential corporate manslaughter provisions. The Bill is now expected to come into force early 2016.
The Court of Appeal will review the question of whether a person providing relief support for a full-time carer of a disabled family member is entitled to minimum wage payments and associated benefits and payments such as holiday pay.
The proposed “Social dialogue and employment law” may be adopted this summer. The most important measures include: unification of staff-representative bodies, representation of employees of small businesses (with less than ten employees) through inter-branch parity committees, anti-discrimination guarantees for employees’ representatives and reductions in obligations for businesses as they pertain to employer healthcare programs.