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14 November 2018
On 29 October 2018 the federal government introduced Bill C-86, the Budget Implementation Act 2018. In addition to introducing long-anticipated pay equity legislation, the proposed legislation would make significant changes to the labour standards in Part III of the Canada Labour Code. Some of the proposed changes are unsurprising given the government's past statements. Other changes are unexpected and, if enacted, would have a major impact on both non-union and unionised employers.
The proposed new standards for pay equity are as follows:
The proposed new labour standards are as follows:
Bill C-86 includes a variety of other changes to labour standards that would also have a meaningful impact on employers, such as in the area of scheduling and the treatment of independent contractors. These changes appear to be heavily inspired by Ontario's Bill 148, which was passed in 2017 but is now being largely repealed by the new Ontario government.
For further information on this topic please contact Christopher D Pigott, Shane D Todd or Claire Vachon at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP by telephone (+1 416 366 8381) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org). The Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP website can be accessed at www.fasken.com.
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Christopher D Pigott
Shane D Todd