Friday, June 2, 2017 - 09:57
benefits remain a privilege and not a legislative right
The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 seems to be a “good for some/bad for others” piece of legislation, depending on which lens you are looking through. This act touches on minimum wage, vacation time, personal emergency leave, work scheduling, union certification, and other provisions of the Employment Standards Act. One thing it did not do was require employers to offer a minimum level of employee benefits, or to provide employee benefits to part-time or casual workers. The Changing Workplaces Review—Final Report did “...recommend that the government initiate an urgent study on how to provide at least a minimum standard of insured health benefits across workplaces, especially to those full-time and part-time employees currently without coverage, and to the self-employed, including small employers. ”1 What this will mean—and when it may have an impact—will be an interesting political policy position development to watch.
author | noel mackay, principal consultant, national benefits, the williamson group—a cowan company
Noel MacKay lends his expertise to The Williamson Group’s blog by analyzing current and future drug trends and ensuring organizations are well-informed and prepared for all eventualities. Taking a thoughtful approach as a Principal Consultant at The Williamson Group, Noel is responsible for ensuring in-force client satisfaction by maintaining relationships, providing clarity, managing plan complexities, and creating sustainable solutions.
1 The Changing Workplaces Review—Final Report, Recommendation 86, p. 186