2020 provided us with many changes across the country to support employees and employer through the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 is already shaping up to include further changes and considerations to Employment Laws. We’ve prepared a quick summary to help you learn what changes you may have to think about as 2021 kicks off.
Quebec to increase minimum wages in 2021. As of May 1, 2021, the general minimum wage rate in Quebec will increase to $ 13.50 per hour.
This is an increase of $ 0.40 an hour, or 3.1%. For employees paid tips, the minimum wage will rise to $ 10.80 per hour, which represents an increase of $ 0.35 per hour.
BC’s Increased Employment Incentive
the BC Government announced a refundable tax credit for eligible employers who increase their payroll for eligible employees between Q3 and Q4, 2020, by either creating new jobs or increasing existing employees’ pay.
Online applications will open in March 2021, through the eTaxBC system. The tax credit will be calculated as 15% of the amount that the employer’s qualifying BC remuneration paid to eligible employees from Q4, 2020, exceeds the employer’s base BC remuneration paid to eligible employees from Q3, 2020. Both the qualifying and base BC remuneration calculation will be capped at a maximum of $1,129.33 per employee per week. Partial weeks will be prorated.
By January 1, 2021, certain private-sector organizations will be required to meet the following key deadlines: December 31, 2020: Filing an Accessibility Compliance Report; and January 1, 2021: Making website and web content accessible.
Please note 2020 AODA Compliance Report Submissions have been extended to June 30th 2021 for organization with 20 or more employees (non-for profits and businesses)
What are your organization’s next steps?
For organizations with 20 or more employees who are required to file an Accessibility Compliance Report by June 30, 2021, a compliance audit should be initiated in advance of this filing deadline.
This will give organizations ample time to consider any changes in the workforce or workplace since their last compliance report deadline and ensure that all practices, policies and procedures required under the AODA are in place before the December 31, 2020 deadline to file an Accessibility Compliance Report.
Those large organizations and public sector organizations should keep in mind the upcoming January 1, 2021 deadline to make all internet websites and web content accessible. Employers are encouraged to think proactively about their obligations under the AODA.
Bill 47 amends the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Radiation Protection Act and the Workers’ Compensation Act to simplify language and remove unnecessary barriers for job creators without making substantive changes to workers’ rights and protections.
Key changes include:
Occupational H&S Act:
Radiation Protection Act:
Worker’s Compensation Act:
The large scale and urgent delivery of COVID-19 vaccines represent the next challenge in an already unprecedented pandemic. Employee health and safety remain the top priority, but the actions for business leaders span far more. Therefore, every corporate board must determine what the vaccine delivery and administration means for them and how their organization must respond.
A recent Gartner webinar highlighted the following key stats:
Navigating the issue of mandatory vaccines
Before making this decision, organizations must consider the following levels and factors:
health and safety (both physical and emotional) of your employees?
The vital answer to navigating these issues are to “Build an agile and adaptive strategic plan for 2021″.
Key Considerations in Planning
Establish a High-level Strategic Approach
All information with regards to the COVID vaccine has been taken from Gartner’s “The Impact of the COVID-19 Vaccine on Your Strategy” webinar and represent stats from US organizations.
All information mentioned here has been collected from various sources and does not entail a legal option. Please consult your lawyer to confirm any specific information that may apply to your organization.