Minimum wage workers in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island will soon be getting a raise.
Nova Scotia will be raising its tiered minimum wage by two percent on April 1, 2015.
Experienced workers will receive $10.60 an hour and inexperienced workers will receive $10.10.
- Experienced Workers – Employees who have worked in a position for their employers for three months or have performed similar work for another employer for at least three months.
- Inexperienced Workers – Employees who have less than three months of experience in their present role and had not been employed in a similar role for different employer for three months.
Nova Scotia’s minimum wage rates are adjusted annually, based on the national Consumer Price Index from 2014.
Nova Scotia has the fifth highest minimum wage in the country, behind Nunavut, Yukon, Manitoba and Ontario.
Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island’s non-unionized minimum wage workers will get a 15 cent increase to their pay beginning July 1, 2015. This is the third time the minimum wage rate has increased in just over a year. The rate will rise from $10.35 to $10.50 per hour.[wc_divider style=”dotted” line=”single” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=””]
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On September 1, 2014, Alberta will join Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, and Ontario by raising its minimum wage. Most employees will receive an hourly wage of $10.20, while those who serve liquor will receive an hourly wage of $9.20, taking tips into account.
The increase for Alberta is based on a formula that links the general wage rate to annual increases in average weekly earnings and the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Based on last year’s average weekly earnings, this translates into a 25 cent per hour increase.
Only 1.5 percent of employees in Alberta earn minimum wage, compared to Ontario with 9 percent of its employees earning minimum wage.
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As part of the amended language, the Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety will adjust Saskatchewan’s minimum wage each year based on changes to the Consumer Price Index. The Province announced that it will increase the minimum wage rate to $10.20 per hour effective October 1, 2014.
A copy of Saskatchewan’s Minimum Wage Regulations, 2014 must be posted by every employer “in a conspicuous position in the place where employees are engaged in their duties” according to the Act.
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Nova Scotia minimum wage workers will receive a one-percent raise beginning April 1, 2014.
The Province offers two tiers of minimum wage, one for experienced workers and one for inexperienced workers.
The new minimum wage rate for experienced employees in Nova Scotia is $10.40 per hour. For inexperienced employees, the new rate is $9.90 per hour.
Experienced and Inexperienced Employees in Nova Scotia
Experienced: Employees qualify for the experienced rate if they have worked in a position for their employers for three months or if they have performed similar work for another employer for at least three months.
Inexperienced: Employees are classified as inexperienced employees if they have less than three months of experience in their present role and had not been employed in a similar role for different employer for three months.
Nova Scotia Overtime
Minimum wage workers in Nova Scotia are eligible for overtime pay at a rate of one-and-a-half times their regular rate for hours worked after 48 hours within a work week.
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Minimum wage workers in Ontario received a pay increase to $11.00 per hour beginning June 1, 2014. The 75-cent adjustment reflects more than a seven-percent increase from the previous rate of $10.25 and will affect the 535,000 minimum wage workers in Canada’s most populous province. The rate had been frozen since 2010.
Ontario’s legislature must yet agree over a bill that ties annual increases to the consumer price index.
Ontario’s new hourly rate will tie Nunavut for Canada’s highest minimum wage rate.
According to the Ontario Ministry of Labour:
“Minimum wage is the lowest wage rate an employer can pay an employee. Most employees are eligible for minimum wage, whether they are full-time, part-time, casual employees, or are paid an hourly rate, commission, piece rate, flat rate or salary.”
The Ontario minimum wage rate appears on the the province’s Employment Standards Act posting, which is required for employers to display. That posting, along with other required postings, is included on the GovDocs Province-on-One poster in both English and French.
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Aldo Sarra, supervisor for Pro-Cut Concrete Cutting Ltd., physically assaulted John Owens, one of Sarra’s employees. Less than two weeks later, Sarra threatened to kill another employee, Jean-Guy Herron.
Both Owens and Herron were members in good standing of the Labourers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA). The union promptly filed a workplace violence grievance with the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) who found that Sarra’s actions violated Bill 168 (also known as the Bully-Busting Bill). Bill 168 introduced workplace violence provisions into Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).
Additionally, an OLRB investigation concluded that Pro-Cut Concrete Cutting did not post the workplace violence and harassment policies or programs, as required by Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act. Pro-Cut Concrete Cutting did not participate in the hearing.
Pro-Cut Concrete Cutting was ordered to:
- Comply with the Province’s OHSA.
- Provide full compensation to Herron and Owens for hours worked and vacation time.
The OLRB scheduled a separate hearing to consider assessing damages for mental distress to the employees who were victims of workplace violence.
Ontario OHSA Posting Requirements
Employers with locations in Ontario are required to:
- Post a copy of the OHSA and explanatory material, both in English and the majority language of the workplace, outlining the rights, responsibilities and duties of workers.
- Prepare and review at least annually a written occupational health and safety policy and develop and maintain a program to implement that policy.
- Post a copy of the occupational health and safety policy.
- Provide to an employer-designate health and safety committee or to a health and safety representative the results of a health and safety data (injuries, illnesses, etc.).
- Advise workers of the results of the health and safety report (if the report is in writing, employers must make it available to employees in written form).
About the OLRB
The Ontario Labour Relations Board is an independent, quasi-judicial tribunal mandated to mediate and adjudicate a variety of employment and labor relations-related matters under a number of Ontario statutes. They provide guidance on cases involving:
- Establishing or terminating bargaining rights in a workplace
- Trade unions’ duty of fair representation or referral of its members
- Unfair labor practices by any workplace party
- Illegal strikes or lockouts
- Grievances to arbitration in the construction industry
- Accreditation in the construction industry
- Unlawful reprisals
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Sharon Fair oversaw asbestos removal for Hamilton-Wentworth District schools in Ontario. Many of the District’s 114 schools were built in the twentieth century when asbestos, an inflammable fibrous mineral, was a popular choice for fireproofing materials.
Fair took her position seriously, feeling intensely the responsibility of her position and its liability under Canada’s Occupational Health and Safety Act. If the District’s abatement program was found to be in violation of the Act, Fair could have been held personally liable for a fine of $25,000 and a year in prison.
She developed a debilitating generalized anxiety disorder that prevented her from performing her duties as Supervisor of the District’s abatement program, but the District failed to accommodate her in another position before it terminated her. After more than eight years of part-time and casual labor, Fair’s case was decided in Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, 2013 HRTO 440. The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal ordered the District to:
- Reinstate Fair to an appropriate position that accommodated her condition.
- Provide adequate retraining.
- Compensate her for more than eight years of lost wages.
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What About The Asbestos?
As of 2012, the District’s abatement program remained unfinished with a Trustee lamenting the level of asbestos remaining in Ancaster High School still has asbestos problems. Until 2012, Canada was a major exporter of asbestos, running afoul of the United Nation’s Rotterdam Convention and its inclusion of asbestos as a hazardous material.
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What is Generalized Anxiety Order?
For Sharon Fair, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) was a reaction to the highly stressful nature of her job, and her fear that, in making a mistake about asbestos removal, she could be held personally liable for a breach of Canada’s Occupational Health and Safety Act.
- Constant, overwhelming worry
- Difficulty concentrating
- Insomnia and fatigue
- Headaches, muscle aches, stomach aches, or unexplained pains
- Difficulty swallowing
- Uncontrollable twitching
- Flop sweat
GAD sets the stage for the onset of other disease. The stress hormone cortisol cause increased blood sugar levels and triglycerides, which can cause coronary artery disease, short-term memory loss, digestive problems, and suppression of the natural immune system.
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