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Fraser Institute forecasts that increase in BC's minimum wage to $10.25 could cost 52,000 jobs

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

The Fraser Institute released a report today in which it has forecasted that the hike in BC's minimum wage to $10.25/hour could lead to a loss of more than 52,000 jobs.

The increase in BC's minimum wage, that was announced by Premier Christy Clark soon after she took office, will occur in stages over time. The first increase from $8.00 to $10.25 is to take effect this Sunday (May 1, 2011).

The think-tank's report can be accessed here: Estimating the Economic Impact of British Columbia's Minimum Wage Increase (April 29, 2011).

The press release accompanying the report states:  read more »

BC's minimum wage to increase in three stages to $10.25 by May 1, 2012, training wage will be eliminated

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

New premier Christy Clark didn't waste time on the minimum wage issue.

In a news release today, she announced that British Columbia's minimum wage will
increase in three stages to $10.25 by May 1, 2012 and that the training wage will be
eliminated.

According to the news release:  read more »

Bombardier ordered to cease applying US national security standards when processing training requests for pilots

Jurisdiction: - Quebec
Sector: - Transportation

In Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse c. Bombardier inc. (Bombardier Aerospace Training Center), 2010 QCTDP 16, the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal ordered Bombardier to cease applying US national security standards when processing training requests for pilots seeking Canadian licences.

Aldona Gudas, a lawyer at Blakes, has written a summary of the decision (which is in English) in a Blakes bulletin that can be found here: "Bombardier to Pay Damages Under Quebec Human Rights Tribunal Decision" (February 18, 2011).

In her article, Ms. Gudas states that this decision:
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BC Court of Appeal overturns award of $100,000 in punitive damages to apprentice employee

In Marchen v. Dams Ford Lincoln Sales Ltd., 2010 BCCA 29, the BC Court of Appeal:

  1. overturned the trial judge's award of $100,000 in punitive damages;
  2. upheld the trial judge's award of $25,000 in consequential damages;
  3. upheld the trial judge's decision to not award moral damages; and    
  4. remitted the matter back to the BC Supreme Court to determine the notice period.

This appears to the second written employment law decision issued by the BC Court of Appeal in 2010. The first was Davidson v. Tahtsa Timber Ltd., 2010 BCCA 12, which dealt with a procedural matter.

Background  read more »

"The economic downturn and changes in the Employment Insurance benefits program "

Published in Labour and Employment Law Perspective: The CBA National Labour and Employment Law Section Newsletter (January 2010)

One of the most high profile responses by the federal government to the economic downturn that commenced in October 2008 was a series of reforms to the Employment Insurance (“EI”) benefits program that were announced as part of the 2009 federal budget.1

This article outlines the context in which the EI reforms were announced, then provides a brief overview of the reforms and concludes with a more detailed review of three of the reforms that will be of interest to the employer and self-employed communities.

The political, labour market and jurisprudence backdrop   

The EI reforms were announced in January 2009 in a highly charged federal political environment, as the opposition parties were threatening to topple the minority Conservative government if it did not take action in relation to the EI benefits program.  read more »

Industry Training Authority launches campaign to encourage apprentices to catch up on technical in-class training

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

In an entry in mid-May entitled "Economic recovery and the looming shortage of workers", I set out some of the ominous labour force statistics surrounding the retirement of the baby boomers.

Before that I had posted an entry on the BC Government's decision to double the Training Tax Credit effective July 1, 2009 in order to encourage employers to take on apprentices.

Now, an article in this week's edition (May 30 - June 5, 2009) of the Employment Paper (available in boxes on many corners) ties these two developments together.  read more »

BC's Training Tax Credit for apprentice employees to increase effective July 1, 2009

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

The BC Government announced today that it will be doubling the Training Tax Credit effective July 1, 2009. According to the media release:

The training tax credit program started in 2007 to encourage employers to take on apprentices. The program provides refundable income tax credits equal to 10 per cent of salary and wages paid up to $2,000, for each apprentice enrolled in any of the more than 100 apprentice programs that cover 140 careers. Effective July 1, employers will be eligible to claim up to $4,000 annually per employee.

The government expects to have 47,000 registered apprentices this year, triple the number from 2001. You can read the media release here.

Note: In a post nine days I ago, I summarized a wrongful dismissal case involving an employee who was working under an apprenticeship agreement pursuant to the BC Industry Training and Apprenticeship Act.

Apprentice employee awarded $100,000 in punitive damages because employer covered up real reasons for dismissal

The decision in Marchen v. Dams Ford Lincoln Sales Ltd. 2009 BCSC 400, is noteworthy for four reasons:

  1. it involved an Apprenticeship Agreement made pursuant to the BC Industry Training and Apprenticeship Act:
  2. the dismissed employee was awarded $25,000 in consequential damages because of his apprentice status;
  3. the dismissed employee was awarded $100,000 in punitive damages; and
  4. the dismissed employee was awarded special costs.

Background

In November 2002, the plaintiff, a recent high school grad, entered into an apprenticeship agreement with the defendant car dealership (the "Employer") under the BC Industry Training and Apprenticeship Act. Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement and the provisions of the Act:  read more »