Updated Guidance On How Employers Should Fill Out Records Of Employment During COVID-19 Pandemic

If you are wondering how to code Records of Employment forms (ROE’s) in this “COVID” era, take a quick read of this short article below…

The Record of Employment (ROE) (Block 16) provides information on an employee’s employment history when they apply for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits.  The information on an ROE is used by Service Canada to determine the employee’s eligibility to receive EI benefits, the benefit amount, and how long the benefits will be paid.  Employers must issue an ROE each time an employee experiences an interruption of earnings. Canada provides a guide on How to Complete the ROE form.


Ontario to propose ‘right-to-disconnect’ laws

I’m not so sure that Ontario employers need any more legislation, but those with over 25 staff could be required to implement “right to disconnect” standards in the very near future.  Take a read of the article below for more information.

Ontario employers will soon be required to create right-to-disconnect policies for their workplaces, in an effort to address the ills of “hyper-connectivity.”

Legislation expected to be introduced this week will, if passed, require workplaces with more than 25 employees to develop internal right-to-disconnect standards. The move would make Ontario the first province in Canada to implement such a measure.


Updates to minimum wage rates across Canada

Although the majority of Mainstay clients pay well in excess of minimum wage, I thought it important to share these changes…

Employers in Ontario, Manitoba, Newfoundland & Labrador and Saskatchewan, will be required to comply with the new increased minimum wage effective October 1, 2021.

Effective October 1, 2021, the general minimum wage in Ontario increased to $14.35 per hour. Under the Making Ontario Open for Business Act this increase is tied to the Ontario Consumer Price Index for 2020.

Similar to Ontario, Saskatchewan’s minimum wage is calculated using an indexation formula. Accordingly, effective October 1, 2021, the minimum wage in Saskatchewan increased to $11.81 per hour.

Manitoba’s minimum wage has also increased. As of October 1, 2021, the minimum wage in Manitoba increased to $11.95 per hour.

Finally, on October 1, 2021, Newfoundland and Labrador introduced its second of two wage increases for 2021. Accordingly, minimum wage in this province is now $12.75 per hour.

Below is a reminder of the general minimum wage rates across Canada.
British Columbia: $15.20 effective June 1, 2021
Alberta: $15.00 effective October 1, 2018
Saskatchewan: $11.81 effective October 1, 2021
Manitoba: $11.95 effective October 1, 2021
Ontario: $14.35 effective October 1, 2021
Quebec: $13.50 effective May 1, 2021
New Brunswick: $11.75 effective April 1, 2021
Nova Scotia: $12.95 effective April 1, 2021
Prince Edward Island: $13.00 effective April 1, 2021
Newfoundland and Labrador: $12.75 effective October 1, 2021
Northwest Territories: $15.20 effective September 1, 2021
Yukon: $15.20 effective August 1, 2021
Nunavut: $16.00 effective April 1, 2020