Thursday June 21, 2018, marks National Aboriginal Day in Canada. This day of recognition and celebration honours the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
Before hiring your first employee, an employer needs to educate itself on the various requirements under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (and other legislation such as the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (the “WSIA”) and Occupational Health and Safety Act) and the nuances associated with termination of an employee’s employment. Although there will be some upfront costs associated with record keeping, registering for insurance pursuant to the WSIA and learning about employment legislation, the benefits of such proactivity will pay off in the future when issues inevitably arise, even if you only have one or two employees.
The request to make Remembrance Day a national public holiday across Canada without removing any existing public holiday continues. It would make sense to make this a statutory holiday in every province and territory—even in Ontario and Quebec.
As we mourn the death of two soldiers killed in separate attacks on home soil, Canadians were reminded of the importance to understand and appreciate what those who have served Canada in times of war, armed conflict and peace stand for, and what they have sacrificed for their country, including the relevance of the Military in the 21st century.
Dan Harris, a New Democrat MP has introduced a private member’s bill that would make Remembrance Day a paid holiday.
Bill C-597, An Act to amend the Holidays Act (Remembrance Day) to make Remembrance Day a public holiday and give it the same status as Canada Day received first reading May 14, 2014. … Continue reading “Remembrance Day should be a national holiday!”