Our Bill 148 Information Seminar on November 24th was a huge success, with over 100 people in attendance! If you missed this session, we’ve got you covered. Below are some of the important takeaways.
Key topics and changes coming on January 1st, 2018
- Employees are entitled to 1.5 times the regular rate of pay. There will be no more blended overtime rates if the employee has 2 or more positions with an employer.
- Minimum wage will be increased to $14/hour, with further increase in 2019
- Holiday pay will be based on the employee’s average working day in the pay period preceding the holiday.
- This change will remove statutory vacation pay from the calculation of public holiday pay.
- Employers will need to indicate in writing the specific lieu day (before the public holiday) that is being replaced.
- Premium pay is given to employees who work on a public holiday and do not take a lieu day (payment of time and a half). This rule does not apply if an employee is scheduled to work on a holiday and takes a paid personal emergency leave.
- Employees are entitled to a minimum of 3 weeks of vacation and 6% vacation pay (after 5 years of service)
Domestic or Sexual Violence Leave – NEW!
- Employees employed for at least 13 consecutive weeks are entitled to up to 17 weeks, job-protected leave. The first 5 days of leave taken are paid days. The remainder days are unpaid. Must provide evidence reasonable in the circumstance.
Personal Emergency Leave
- Within a calendar year, all employees are entitled to 10 days of personal emergency leave. The first 2 days must be paid if the employee works for at least one week.
Upcoming changes in the Next Year
Equal Pay for Equal Work – April 1, 2018
- Employees, regardless of their employment status (part-time, full-time, contract, etc.) are entitled to equal pay.
Parental Leave – later of Dec 3rd or Royal Assent
- Employees are entitled to up to 61 weeks (if employee took a pregnancy leave), and 63 weeks if the employee did not. This is now in line with the maternity leave benefits under Service Canada. This is effective after December 3, 2017 and Royal Assent.
Requests for Changes to Schedule or Work Location – January 1, 2019
- Employees entitled to request
Minimum Wage – Jan 1, 2019
- Minimum wage will be increased to $15/hour
We know these new and/or revised changes may be overwhelming. If you need further clarification on these changes, or other changes not listed here, please feel free to contact:
HR Coordinator & Consultant | RLB
Managing Partner | Miller Thomson