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Act Respecting Labour Standards

Important amendments to an Act Respecting Labour Standards (Quebec)

On June 12, 2018, Bill 176 was passed and assented by the National Assembly. Since it includes numerous important amendments and differs from the version that was originally presented, we have reproduced certain provisions which may be of interest, following 8 general themes.

 

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Proposed changes to the Quebec Act respecting labour standards: What employers need to know

On March 20, the Quebec Minister of Labour introduced Bill 176, amending the Act respecting Labour Standards (the “LSA”). The Bill proposes sweeping changes to the LSA.

 

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Bill 176’s proposed amendments to the Act Respecting Labour Standards (“ARLS”)

From the proposed amendments to the new act, we can already anticipate a substantial impact on employers. Here are some of the main proposals, divided into 8 broad categories:

 

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A financial analyst, if a “manager”, is not entitled to overtime in Quebec

The Court of Appeal of Quebec recently considered, in the Skiba v. Playground[1] decision, the issue of overtime pay and, in particular, the correct interpretation of sections 54 and 55 of the Act respecting labour standards. In our opinion, this decision will have certain repercussions in the workplace, and we find it useful to review the factual background giving rise to those repercussions, as well as the conclusions of both the Superior Court and the Court of Appeal.

 

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Is bullying and harassment a problem in your organization?

Workplace bullying and harassment are making news across the country, and legislators and courts are trying to understand and address the twin issues. A recent HRinfodesk survey indicates that our readers are grappling with bullying and harassment as well. A couple of months ago, we asked:

 

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HRinfodesk poll result and commentary: Unpaid internships – labour standards, human rights questions

The issue of unpaid work has been a hot topic for quite a while now, and despite efforts by authorities to clarify the legal status, sometimes it seems that employers aren’t understanding it any better. To get a better idea of where our readers stand, we recently asked, Do you have unpaid internships at your organization? Slightly more than 80 percent of respondents said no, they don’t use unpaid interns, while nearly 20 percent said yes, they do. We didn’t ask whether employers are using legal unpaid internships, or whether they know if their internship arrangements are legal, but we’d like to offer our two cents and hopefully help our readers understand what’s legal and what’s not when it comes to unpaid internships.

 

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St-Jean Baptiste Day/National Holiday, a public holiday in Quebec

June 24 is Quebec’s official holiday and all employees in Quebec are entitled to the holiday. Public holiday pay for the holiday is equivalent to…

 

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June 24, Quebec St-Jean Baptiste Day/National Holiday

In Quebec, June 24 is la Fête nationale, the province’s national holiday and celebration of French Canadian culture. All employees in Quebec are entitled to the holiday…

 

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