Canada Labour Code stakeholder feedback sought

I am writing to invite you to share your views on the development of regulations for recent amendments to Part III (Labour Standards) of the Canada Labour Code (Code). These amendments, introduced in Bill C-86 – the Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2, aim to modernize the Code by improving protections for employees, particularly those in precarious work, while supporting productive workplaces. Once in force, they will:

·         make it easier for employees to qualify for certain labour standards; ·         add new scheduling, break and leave provisions to improve work-life balance;
·         adjust the existing leave for members of the Canadian Forces reserve;
·         provide measures to ensure employees in non-standard employment are treated fairly;
·         modify individual and group notice of termination requirements to help safeguard the financial security of employees whose employment is ended; and
·         improve the administration of Part III of the Code.

These amendments received Royal Assent on December 13, 2018 and are coming into force in several waves over the next two years. The majority of the changes will be coming into force on September 1, 2019.

To ensure that the regulations meet their intended purpose and balance the needs of all stakeholders, we are seeking your feedback on the attached discussion paper. The paper outlines the changes to the Code and poses specific questions for your consideration. Your views on any aspects of the new provisions are welcome. For example, in addition to the discussion on regulations, we are interested in knowing what type of guidance, information materials and other tools would be most useful for helping employers and employees understand their obligations and rights.

We are inviting you to provide written comments by e-mail to the following address: EDSC.DMT.ConsultationNTModernes-ConsultationModernLS.WD.ESDC@labour-travail.gc.caPlease note that although the official deadline to provide written comments is June 28, 2019, submissions sent in July will also be accepted (please advise by email if you intend to send us significant comments after mid-July).  Should you need any further information on the amendments to the Code, or if you would like to provide verbal comments or to participate in technical discussions taking place in July, please contact us at the email above.

Thank you for your consideration, and we look forward to hearing your views.

Discussion papers:

Please contact Danijela Hong for more information, or visit their website
www.travail-labour.gc.ca.

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