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10 April 2019
The federal government has established an independent expert panel to provide advice and conduct consultations on the modernisation of labour standards in Part III of the Canada Labour Code.
In 2017 and 2018, a series of consultations preceded legislative amendments to the code, including new pay equity rules between employment statuses, new leaves of absence and enhanced vacation and termination entitlements (for further details please see "Federal government introduces new pay equity and labour standards"). During that process, five additional issues were identified. According to the government, the topics reflect the modernisation of the Canadian economy and the inevitable changes to employment as a result.
The issues arise from:
These have blurred the boundaries of who is traditionally considered an employee and what it means to be at work or working.
The expert panel's secretariat has prepared issue papers on each of the following five issues to be studied:
The expert panel is expected to consult and provide its recommendations by 30 June 2019.
Federal sector employers are encouraged to participate given the breadth of the issues under consideration and the potential impact on their businesses.
For further information on this topic please contact Shane D Todd, Christopher D Pigott or Jessica Moldaver at Fasken by telephone (+1 416 366 8381) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org). The Fasken website can be accessed at www.fasken.com.
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