The Saskatchewan government has now proclaimed The Saskatchewan Employment Act, which consolidates Saskatchewan’s numerous labour laws and makes significant changes to modernize and update the province’s employment standards and labour relations laws. The resulting changes from the new Act and regulations are now in effect.
Many of RCC recommendations are reflected in the new Employment Act, including:
- Changing the definition of work week to solve scheduling and overtime issues;
- Providing more flexibility around schedule changes;
- Addressing issues and challenges dealing with the Saskatchewan Labour Board;
- Indexing the minimum wage; and
- Clarifying roles and authority of inspectors and labour officers.
However, the Employment Act does not eliminate the “two consecutive days” provision for retailers. It does allow for employers and employees to make alternative arrangements if two consecutive days off is not mutually agreeable. This can be done through the permitting process under the Director of Employment Standards.
Prior to the 2011 provincial election, RCC released “Retail’s Election Agenda” outlining the key priorities retailers wanted the Government of Saskatchewan to address. A key component of “Retail’s Election Agenda” was reviewing and modernizing the province’s Labour Standards Act.
In 2012, the Saskatchewan government announced that they would be reviewing, consolidating, and modernizing the province’s labour legislation. RCC provided a response to the Government’s consultation paper, outlining retailers concerns and recommendations on changes that should be included in the new Act and also provided a submission outlining our views on Bill 85.
As the associated regulations were being reviewed and developed, RCC provided the government with another formal submission and met with the Minister of Labour and Ministry officials regularly throughout this process to provide input on behalf of Saskatchewan retailers.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact: Lanny McInnes, Director, Prairies at: [email protected] or 204-253-1654.