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The federal government is adding extra weeks of income support for employees who are feeling ill or have to isolate, unemployed workers and parents at home with children due to the pandemic. The government plans to add 12 weeks of eligibility to the $500-per-week Canada Recovery Benefit and the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit, raising the maximum number […]

Feds supporting B.C. workplace violence-, harassment-prevention training program

The federal government, the B.C. Maritime Employers Association and its partners, the Warehouse Union Canada, and the Ending Violence Association of B.C., are launching a comprehensive harassment- and violence-prevention training program for B.C.’s 10,000-person waterfront workforce, according to a press release. “Every Canadian has the right to work in a healthy, respectful and safe environment. Supporting […]

  • By: Staff
  • February 11, 2021 February 11, 2021
  • 09:00
Feds changing sick-leave benefit amid non-essential travel uproar

The Canada Revenue Agency is tweaking the requirements for three federal benefits following an uproar over the possibility of Canadians applying for the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit after ignoring public-health advice to not engage in non-essential travel. Anyone applying for the sick-leave benefit, the Canada Recovery Benefit or the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit will now need to say whether they’re in […]

New federal employment equity, safety legislation taking effect

A series of legislative changes to Canada’s labour code aiming to make workplaces healthier, safer and fairer took effect as of Jan. 1, 2021. The changes include new pay transparency regulations for federally regulated, private sector employers with 100 or more employees. According to a press release, the move makes Canada the first country to […]

  • By: Staff
  • January 5, 2021 January 5, 2021
  • 09:00
Pandemic-induced recession may impact paternity leave usage: study

New research is suggesting a bump in the number of fathers planning to take time off with a new baby under a nascent national leave program could be affected by the coronavirus pandemic. It’s been more than a year since the Canadian government started offering the use-it-or-lose-it extra weeks of paid leave for non-birthing parents. The program was […]

Federal government publishes employment equity regulations

The federal government is introducing new pay transparency regulations for federally regulated, private sector employers with 100 or more employees. The legislative amendment to the Equity Act, which will take effect on Jan. 1, 2021, aims to help address equality and inclusion issues in the workplace. With the move, Canada will be the first country to make wage […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 27, 2020 November 27, 2020
  • 15:15

New Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Singh said his party will support last week’s throne speech on the condition that more Canadians be granted access to paid sick leave as part of draft legislation covering the federal response to the coronavirus epidemic. The proposed legislation, Bill C-2, would see Canadians receiving the Canada Emergency Response Benefit transition […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 28, 2020 November 16, 2020
  • 09:30

Three-quarters (76 per cent) of Canadian business leaders say the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy is a good investment to help the economy rebound and get Canadians back to work, according to a new survey by KPMG in Canada. The same amount said they’ve relied on funds from the wage subsidy to keep employees on payroll and more […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 22, 2020 November 17, 2020
  • 15:30

In June, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Uber Technologies Inc. v Heller, dismissing an appeal of a decision by the Ontario Court of Appeal that held that the arbitration clause contained in Uber’s standard form service agreement was invalid due to unconscionability and because it contracted out of the Employment Standards Act. […]

  • By: Rayaz Khan
  • September 8, 2020 November 30, 2020
  • 08:45
New Uber contract could have chilling effect on class action, says lawyer

Uber Technologies Inc. is trying to keep its Canadian drivers from joining or starting class-action lawsuits against the company — a move that threatens to upend a $400-million fight from drivers wanting to be recognized as employees, says a lawyer. Employment lawyer Lior Samfiru, who is pursuing the case, said drivers using the platform were […]