The legalization of cannabis has been set for October 17, 2018. This transformation will have a significant impact on employers as well as the general public, and yet for many, the impending legalization is shrouded in uncertainty.
As an employer, it’s important to prepare yourself for the legalization of cannabis.
New Brunswick is about to join the bandwagon by adding “family status” as a protected ground in its Human Rights Act. All other jurisdictions in Canada have already made this move.
The Alberta Court of Appeal clarified the law with respect to how long-term incentive plans should be treated when an employee is terminated.
The New Brunswick Workers Compensation Act provides no fault compensation to employees who suffer injury or disease arising from their employment. However, the legislation restricts employees from claiming benefits related to mental stress. An employee can only receive workers’ compensation benefits if the stress is the result of “an acute reaction to a traumatic event” that arises out of and in the course of employment.
The Employment Standards Act (“ESA”) sets minimum rights and responsibilities for all provincially regulated employers and employees in the Province of New Brunswick. The ESA regulates minimum wages, vacation pay, public holiday pay, leave, etc. If an employer violates an employee’s rights under the ESA, the employer may be ordered to comply with provisions of the ESA and/or to compensate the employee for amounts owed to them under the ESA.
Directors of corporations could find themselves on the hook for unpaid employee wages, vacation benefits, and administrative penalties issued against the corporation, in light of upcoming changes to the New Brunswick Employment Standards Act (the “ESA”).
The New Brunswick Government is in the process of amending the Pension Benefits Act (“Act”) to legally permit a new pension model. That pension model is a hybrid between a defined benefit plan and a defined contribution plan. It is referred to as a “Shared Risk Pension Plan”. This new model is based upon a Dutch model which has remained unscathed during the “dot.com” crash and the current recession.