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Weekend ReadsTrudeau springs a nasty surprise on many Canadian employers

01:52  23 august  2019
01:52  23 august  2019 Source:   financialpost.com

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau . The Trudeau 's governments amendments to the labour code will have a significant impact on federally regulated Employers will be required to provide their employees with an unpaid break of at least 30 minutes within every period of five consecutive hours of work.

By Shane Todd. Canada ’s federally regulated businesses — think of banks, air transport, telephone, radio and television, among others — received an unwelcome surprise from the Trudeau government this summer.

Trudeau springs a nasty surprise on many Canadian employers© Chris Wattie/Reuters Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Trudeau's governments amendments to the labour code will have a significant impact on federally regulated workplaces and the cost of doing business.

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Canada’s federally regulated businesses — think of banks, air transport, telephone, radio and television, among others — received an unwelcome surprise from the Trudeau government this summer.

The government proclaimed a dizzying array of amendments from Bill C-86, Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2 and Bill C-63, Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2 to come into force on Sept. 1. These amendments make significant changes to the Canada Labour Code (the “Code”), the legislation that establishes the rights and responsibilities of an estimated 18,000 federally regulated employers and their 900,000 employees across Canada.

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The amendments apply to the labour standards in Part III of the Code. They touch on everything from job scheduling to breaks, vacations, holiday pay and leaves of absences, among other things. Given the sweeping nature of these reforms, the changes will have a significant impact on federally regulated workplaces and the cost of doing business. No doubt employers are scrambling to prepare themselves.

Some of the more significant changes include:

Shift changes. Subject to a narrow exemption for emergencies, employers must now provide 24 hours’ written notice of any change or addition to a work period or shift.

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Overtime refusal. Subject to a narrow exemption for emergencies, employees will have the right to refuse overtime in order to carry out certain family responsibilities.

Advance notice of schedule. Employers must provide 96 hours’ notice in writing of an employee’s work schedule. Employees may refuse to work any shift that starts less than 96 hours after the schedule is received.

Medical breaks. Employees may take any unpaid breaks necessary for medical reasons.

Breaks. Employers will be required to provide their employees with an unpaid break of at least 30 minutes within every period of five consecutive hours of work.

Eight-hour rest periods. Employees must be granted a rest period of at least eight consecutive hours between work periods or shifts.

Right to request flex work. After six consecutive months of employment, employees will have the right to request a change to hours, work schedule, location and other terms and conditions that may be specified in new regulations or legislation. An employer may refuse such a request only on certain grounds.

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Leave for Aboriginal practices. Aboriginal employees who have completed at least three consecutive months of continuous employment may take up to five days of unpaid leave each calendar year to participate in traditional Aboriginal practices.

Personal leave. Employees will be entitled to a new personal leave of up to five days per calendar year, including three days with pay, after three consecutive months of continuous employment.

Family violence leave. Employees will be entitled to a new leave of up to 10 days each calendar year if an employee or their child is a victim of family violence. For employees with at least three consecutive months of continuous employment the first five days are paid.

Vacation entitlements. Vacation entitlements after a year’s employment will be unchanged at two weeks and four per cent vacation pay. That will now go to three weeks and six per cent after five years, rather than the current six. And there’s a new entitlement of four weeks and eight per cent vacation pay after 10 years.

Holiday pay. The 30-day length of service requirement for entitlement to holiday pay will be eliminated. All employees will now be entitled to holiday pay.

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You could be forgiven if, like many federally regulated businesses, you missed these amendments when the government introduced them in 2017 and 2018. Despite decrying the Harper government’s use of omnibus legislation as a “way of avoiding debate,” the Trudeau government buried its own amendments to the Labour Code in omnibus bills touching on such a wide variety of subjects that one is more than 800 pages and the other more than 300 pages.

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When do the surprises end? Well, there is little hope that it will be in the near term. New accessibility obligations in the Accessible Canada Act took effect in July, with just two days’ notice between the date of proclamation and the date the legislation came into force. And there is more on the horizon. In 2020, new harassment and violence obligations will come into force for federally regulated employers. And, the Trudeau government has appointed an Independent Expert Panel to conduct consultations on further “modernization” of the labour standards in Part III of Code.

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Employers must demonstrate reasonable efforts to employ Canadians and/or permanent residents for the position, pay the minimum prevailing wage and commit to other requirements. The Trudeau government made a much anticipated announcement regarding the foreign in-home caregiver program.

We all want workers to be treated fairly and well. But governments need to consider the position of employers in the substance and rapid pace of legal changes, too. Certainty provided by moderate enhancements to labour and employment laws are surely to be preferred to rapid and drastic changes that could jeopardize the viability of the businesses that provide jobs.

Shane Todd is a partner with Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, specializing in labour, employment and human rights issues.

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