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Farmer Assistance Program

What is the Farmer Assistance Program The Farmer Assistance Program (FAP) is a service that provides confidential, professional counseling services to farmers and their families.  The program recognizes that some problems can affect home life and work performance.  When this happens, help may be required in resolving these problems through the assistance of a trained professional counsellor.  The counsellors are trained to provide short term counselling or refer individuals to other...

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Important Amendments to Employment Standards Act (Domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and sexual violence leave)

Effective November 1, 2019 Amendments to the Employment Standards Act will take effect to provide an employee up to three days (3) with pay - and up to an additional seven days (7) without pay for an employee to deal with the consequences of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, or sexual violence. Application: An employee who has been employed for a continuous period of three months, or more, may access this type of leave. The employee may choose to take this leave...

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Fisher Assistance Program

What is the Fisher Assistance Program?  The Fisher Assistance Program (FAP) is a service that provides confidential, professional counseling services to fishers and their families.  The program recognizes that some problems can affect home life and work performance.  When this happens, help may be required in resolving these problems through the assistance of a trained professional counselor.  These counselors are trained to provide short-term counseling or refer you to other professional...

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Workers Compensation Grant Program

What is the WCB Grant Program? The Workers Compensation Board Grant Program (WGP) supports innovative workplace solutions and training and educational opportunities for Island employers and workers. The WGP is funded and administered by the Workers Compensation Board of PEI. Program objectives are: To further enhance WCB’s mission and strategic goals of injury prevention and improving return to work outcomes for all injured workers To provide support to organizations...

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Agri-Food Immigration Pilot Announcement

The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot will test a new, industry-specific approach to help address the labour needs of the Canadian agri-food sector, particularly in meat processing and mushroom production. While immigration in the agricultural sector is largely based on seasonal workers, this pilot aims to enhance the benefits of economic immigration to the agri-food sector by testing a new pathway to permanent residence. The pilot will seek to attract experienced, non-seasonal workers who can...

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Workers Compensation Board Annual Public Meeting

The Workers Compensation Board (WCB) of PEI invites all stakeholders and the general public to a presentation of the WCB 2018 Annual Report at the WCB Annual Public Meeting. Date: Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Location: Delta Prince Edward Hotel Please RSVP to Jody Jackson at jsjackson@wcb.pe.ca 902-368-5688 or 1-800-237-5049  

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Digital Skills 4 Youth PEI Program

Digital Skills 4 Youth PEI (DS4Y PEl) is a new internship opportunity for Island youth delivered by the Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning (WAL) with funding support from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED). The DS4Y PEl program will focus on connecting recent graduates to meaningful employment and giving them the skills to succeed in the digital economy. WAL will partner with Island businesses or non-profit organizations who will act as 'Intern Host...

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New Horizons for Seniors Program Funding

Application Deadline: June 21, 2019, 11:59 am (Pacific daylight time) The growth in the population of seniors in Canada is accelerating. The total number of seniors is projected to reach approximately 10 million by 2036. Some of the goals of the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) are: empowering seniors encouraging them to share their knowledge, skills and experience with others in the community, and enhancing seniors' social well-being and community vitality   The...

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Union Training and Innovation Program Funding: Investments in Training Equipment Stream

Application Deadline: May 29, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. (noon) Pacific Time The Union Training and Innovation Program (UTIP) supports the Government of Canada's commitment to strengthen union-based apprenticeship training, innovation and enhanced partnerships. The Investments in Training Equipment Stream supports cost-shared purchases of equipment and materials for training (union-led). This application process is intended to fund projects that will strengthen training in the trades to better...

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New and Revised Workers Compensation Board Policies

The following Workers Compensation Board has developed a new policy and revised two other policies. New Policy A new policy, Annuity (POL-154), has been developed to reflect the amendments to the Workers Compensation Act related to the provision of retirement benefits. Pension Replacement Benefits (POL-124) has been revised as a result. Revised Policies Repetitive Strain Injuries (POL-91). The amendments set out the criteria for acceptance of repetitive strain injuries...

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Feedback Requested on Occupational Health & Safety Regulations - Workplace Harassment (Additional Proposed Amendments)

The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Advisory Council is requesting feedback on additional proposed amendments to the OHS Act General Regulations to include workplace harassment. The consultation summary and draft regulations have been posted on the Legislative Feedback page of the Workers Compensation Board website, www.wcb.pe.ca/Information/LegislativeReview under the heading, "OHS Regulations - Workplace Harassment." The Council encourages stakeholders to provide feedback on...

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Changes to Employment Standards Take Effect December 29, 2018

Family-friendly amendments to the Employment Standards Act passed during the 2018 fall legislative session will come into effect on Saturday, December 29, 2018. Changes to the act include: •    Extended parental leave from 12 months to 18 months to align with the federal employment insurance changes; •    Extended compassionate care leave from 8 weeks to 28 weeks; •    Reduced qualifying period for an employee to receive sick leave from 6 months to 3 months. Government...

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Canada Summer Jobs Funding Deadline - January 25, 2019

Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative of the Youth Employment Strategy, which is the Government of Canada’s commitment to help young people between the ages of 15 and 30, particularly those facing barriers to employment, get the information and gain the skills, work experience and abilities they need to transition successfully into the labour market. The program provides wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public-sector, and private sector organizations with 50...

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Grants in support of Compensation for Employers of Reservists Program

Employers of Reservists and self-employed Reservists may be eligible for funding under the Compensation for Employers of Reservists Program (CERP). The purpose of the CERP is to:   Provide financial support to civilian employers of Reservists and/or self-employed Reservists, to offset operational costs they incur when Reservist employees deploy on full-time operational duty (Chief of Defence Staff directed operation), both domestically and abroad. Enable Reservists to be more fully...

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Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Enhancements Effective January 1, 2019

CPP enhancements (approved through Bill C-26) set out to increase the amount working Canadians will receive from the CPP in their retirement years, from one-quarter to one-third of their eligible earnings. The federal working income tax benefit (WITB) will also be increased to offset the increase in CPP contributions of eligible low-income workers. Employee contributions to the enhanced portion of the CPP will be deductible. The changes will have effects on: CPP retirement pension and...

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Domestic Violence Leave, Intimate Partner Violence Leave or Sexual Violence Leave

In 2018 Bill 116, An Act To Amend The Employment Standards Act (No. 3) received Royal Assent by the Government of Prince Edward Island.  The Domestic Violence Leave, Intimate Partner Violence Leave or Sexual Violence Leave provides for up to three days of paid leave, and another seven days of unpaid leave for employees needing time to deal with the consequences of domestic, intimate partner or sexual violence.  Read more: https://tinyurl.com/y9xkp4s5 As an employer here are a few...

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Decrease in Employment Insurance Premiums for 2019

The 2019 Employment Insurance (EI) premium rate will be $1.62 per $100 of insurable earnings—a decrease of 4 cents for employees compared to the 2018 rate and an effective decrease of 5 cents for employers, who pay 1.4 times the employee rate: https://tinyurl.com/ybb7r43s

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Legalized Cannabis (Legislative Frameworks)

Drugs can have serious adverse effects on the safety and well-being of employees, contractors and the public. Awareness of the potential risks associated with the use recreational cannabis is a vital first step in providing a safe workplace. Did you know:  Bill C-45, an act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other acts (the Cannabis Act) was introduced in the House of Commons on April 13, 2017.  Effective October 17,...

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Give Input on Employment Standards Act Regulations

Most employees are eligible for a variety of leaves under the Employment Standards Act of Prince Edward Island including protection of employment for persons needing time off from work to address issues due to family violence. During the 2018 spring sitting of the provincial legislature, the Employment Standards Act (Bill 116) was amended to provide for up to three days of paid leave, and another seven days of unpaid leave for employees who need time to deal with the consequences...

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Minimum wage keeping up with Island's growing economy

Prince Edward Island’s minimum wage will remain the highest in Atlantic Canada when it increases by 30 cents to $11.55 per hour on April 1, 2018.“Given Prince Edward Island’s economic growth, it is very important that all Islanders benefit from improved economic conditions,” said Workforce and Advanced Learning Minister Sonny Gallant. “Being a small province helps us work well together and be nimble enough to focus on what matters most. As the GDP expands, increasing the minimum wage...

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Jurisdiction, Timelines and Current Details Concerning Pending Legalization of Cannabis on PEI

The Government of Prince Edward Island has an obligation and an opportunity to actively shape the implementation of the federal decision to legalize cannabis in a way that balances the challenges presented by legalization as well as Islanders’ interests, circumstances and values. To do this, provincial government is assessing the implications of legalization, exploring regional opportunities, gathering research, and listening to Islanders' views. Read More Source: Government of Prince...

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More choice and flexibility for family caregivers, starting December 3, 2017

Beginning December 3, the following improvements will be made to Employment Insurance (EI) caregiving benefits in order to better support workers who take time off work due to specific life events: Caregivers who provide care to a critically ill or injured adult family member will have access to a new benefit of up to 15 weeks. This will help more Canadians support loved ones when they need it most. Immediate and extended family members of children who are critically ill will, for the...

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Cannabis Legislation on Prince Edward Island

The Government of Canada introduced legislation that will make cannabis, or marijuana, legal in Prince Edward Island and the rest of Canada by July 2018. Before that time, Prince Edward Island must decide how to adapt to this legislation. Programs, policies, laws and public education will be required to determine where and when cannabis can be sold, tax implications, the legal age to purchase and how communities will be protected from potential negative consequences like drug-impaired...

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Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program for Employers

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is an employer-driven federal immigration pilot program designed to help you fill permanent labour shortages and skill gaps in your business by supporting foreign nationals for permanent residency.  There are three different streams which aim to address different needs.  The Atlantic High Skilled Program allows you to attract highly skilled individuals, the Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Program allows you to attract semi-skilled individuals, and the...

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Effective April 1, 2017 PEI Minimum Wage Rises to $11.25 Per Hour

Minimum wage on Prince Edward Island will increase by 25 cents on April 1, to $11.25 per hour. The province’s minimum wage has increased 38 per cent since 2008. By comparison, inflation has risen 11 per cent during that time. “Our government is pleased to approve this increase in minimum wage, which is intended to improve the quality of life for many Islanders and provide a boost to the economy,” Workforce and Advanced Learning Minister Sonny Gallant said. “Increasing minimum...

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Canada Summer Jobs Funding - Application Deadline January 20, 2017

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities. Canada Summer Jobs: provides work experiences for students supports organizations, including those that provide important community services; and recognizes that local circumstances, community needs and priorities vary widely Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit...

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Effective January 1, 2017 Workers Compensation Board coverage will now include Island farms

Source: www.wcb.pe.ca Mandatory coverage for farmers under the Workers Compensation Act will come into effect January 1, 2017. Until then, farm employers are still able to register for optional coverage under the Workers Compensation Act. As requested by farm employers, there will be a comprehensive information and education process which will be delivered during the transition period, in advance of the implementation date. Farm workers are at high risk of experiencing workplace...

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New Record Keeping Rules

New record-keeping rules for employers will come into effect on January 1, 2017. The new payroll rules will require employers to make and keep employment records for: a) paid holiday pay due or paid to an employee; b) period of a leave of absence of an employee as well as the reason for the absence; and c) dates of any suspensions, dismissals or layoffs of an employee and the dates of such notices. The new requirements complement existing record-keeping obligations already required...

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Prince Edward Island's minimum wage changes effective October 1, 2016

Effective October 1, 2016, a new Minimum Wage Order will come into effect with the minimum wage being set at $11.00 per hour. The Employment Standards Board reviews the minimum wage annually under the terms of the Employment Standards Act. It makes recommendations on the minimum wage rate based on economic factors in the province and on input received from the public and stakeholders. Approximately 9.3 per cent of Island workers are paid at the minimum wage rate. For a complete history of...

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P.E.I.'s minimum wage goes up to $10.75 on June 1, 2016

Effective June 1, 2016, a new Minimum Wage Order has come into effect with the minimum wage being set at $10.70 per hour. Under the Canadian Constitution, the responsibility for enacting and enforcing labour laws, including the minimum wage, rests with the ten provinces as well as the three territories which have been granted this power by federal legislation. This means that each province and territory has its own minimum wage. For a complete history of the minimum wage order on...

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Minimum wage hike does more harm than good: think tank

Raising the minimum wage will do little to reduce poverty mainly because most minimum-wage earners don’t live in low-income households, suggests a new study by the Fraser Institute. “Despite good intentions, the evidence shows increasing the minimum wage is not an effective policy for helping Canadians struggling with poverty,” said Charles Lammam, director of fiscal studies at the Fraser Institute and report co-author. To read the full article click here.

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Skills PEI Job/Career Fair

You are Invited! Please see the below information on the upcoming Skills PEI Job/Career Fairs. We hope you can join us to set up a booth at one or all of our locations! There is no cost to attend, and there will be 40-50 employers and organizations from all different sectors at the Charlottetown location. Mark your calendars for Monday, Feb 29th from 2-6 pm at the Eastlink Centre (Civic Centre).  Companies are encouraged to interview potential candidates on the spot at the...

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Employers are reminded of registration deadline

The deadline for employers to file their registration renewal with the Workers Compensation Board is February 28, 2016. Employers should submit their 2015-2016 registration renewal by the deadline in order to avoid being assessed a penalty for late filing. Registration can be renewed electronically using the Workers Compensation Online Services: http://www.wcb.pe.ca/Employers/EServices

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Canada Summer Jobs for 2016

Canada Summer Jobs is a Government of Canada initiative. It provides funding for not-for-profit organizations, public sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees to create summer jobs for students between the ages of 15 and 30. Please note that the application period will be from January 4 to February 26, 2016. Please visit the Service Canada website for further details.

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Planning for a Safe Holiday Party: A Checklist for Employers

It is that time of year again when thoughts are turning to seasonal and holiday celebrations. Whether these celebrations are large or small, it is important that employers take proactive steps to ensure the health and safety of their employees who attend office parties or other celebrations. In this FTR Now, we provide employers with a checklist of measures to consider implementing to help plan a safe holiday celebration for all. Click here for the checklist

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Five ways to boost workplace diversity

Many organizations talk about diversity but how many actually make it a priority? With the face of Canada’s population rapidly changing, this is one question that every Human Resources department will need to consider. Click here to read more

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Workers Compensation Board eliminates wait period for injured workers

The Workers Compensation Board (WCB) of Prince Edward Island is taking steps to provide more support to injured workers by eliminating a 2 day waiting period before benefits begin. "Eliminating the wait period will provide wage loss benefits to all workers from the day following an accident," said Stuart Affleck, Chair of the Workers Compensation Board. "This measure will have a direct impact on our most vulnerable injured workers who might not have access to sick leave benefits during this...

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Federal Election 2015: Employers' Obligation to Provide Paid Time Off to Vote

A federal election has been called for October 19, 2015. Under the Canada Elections Act ("Act") all employees who are electors – Canadian citizens who are 18 years of age or older – are entitled to three (3) consecutive hours on election day during voting hours to cast their vote. In this FTR Now, we provide employers with guidance on their obligations under the Act. Under the Act, voting hours are determined by the time zone in which the electoral district lies. Click here to...

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Introducing the "Ask the Panel" HR Series for Small Business

Mental Health and Wellness in the Workplace Join us for an interactive panel discussion on the challenges faced by employers related to workplace health and wellness issues such as stress, absenteeism and addictions.  Discover resources available to employers and employees that can help to address these issues and build a healthier team. For more information and to register for this session, click here.

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Precarious employment in Canada

The rise of so-called precarious employment in Canada — mainly work in the services and retail sectors — has brought with it some questionable employer practices that have employees stressed out and labour activists fuming. They’re calling for the elimination of “on-call” shifts, a practice where management schedules shifts for part-time employees each week, but then requires them to call in ahead of their start time to find out if they’re actually working. Read the full...

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Canada PEI Job Grant

The Canada PEI Job Grant is a new program offered by Workforce and Advanced Learning.  The grant is an employer driven approach that helps new and current employees improve skills and participate in training.  Employers will receive two-thirds of the training investment on eligible training expenses such as tuition, textbooks and fees.  This year $525,000 is available for approved Canada-PEI Job Grants.  For more information visit www.skillspei.com/about-job-grant or...

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Increase to Minimum Wage on July 1, 2015

Effective July 1, 2015, a new Minimum Wage Order has come into effect with the minimum wage being set at $10.50 per hour.  Under the Canadian Constitution, the responsibility for enacting and enforcing labour laws, including the minimum wage, rests with the ten provinces as well as the three territories which have been granted this power by federal legislation. This means that each province and territory has its own minimum wage. For a complete history of the minimum wage order on...

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2015 Atlantic Canada Minimum Wage Roundup

After a very long winter, the snow is almost gone: time for our annual look at Atlantic Canadian general minimum wage rates. The minimum wage rate in every Atlantic Canadian province is higher than it was a year ago – and there are more increases to come in 2015 Full Legal Update

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PEI Jobs for Youth Program and Wage Subsidy (2015)

The Jobs for Youth Program will soon be accepting applications from Island employers for wage support to create additional employment opportunities for Island students aged 16 to 29. This program is funded by the Government of Prince Edward Island and is administered by the Employment Development Agency.  Students hired to fill positions on approved projects must be registered with the Employment Development Agency Jobs Registry.  Visit Jobs for Youth Program for further details. Employer...

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Canada Pension Plan Cheques Rising 1.5% for 2015 and Old Age Security Remaining the Same

Canada Pension Plan benefits are rising 1.8 per cent in the new year for people already receiving benefits. Effective Jan. 1, 2015, the maximum CPP retirement benefit for new recipients age 65 will be $1,065 per month. The increase is calculated on the average yearly maximum pensionable earnings for the last five years.  The new CPP rates will be in effect until Dec. 31, 2015. Old Age Security (OAS) benefits, which consist of the basic OAS pension, the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)...

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Canada Summer Jobs Grant Deadline (2015)

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities. Canada Summer Jobs: provides work experiences for students; supports organizations, including those that provide important community services; and recognizes that local circumstances, community needs and priorities vary widely. Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit...

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Increase to Minimum Wage on October 1, 2014

Effective 1 October 2014, a new Minimum Wage Order has come into effect with the minimum wage being set at $10.35 per hour.  Under the Canadian Constitution, the responsibility for enacting and enforcing labour laws, including the minimum wage, rests with the ten provinces as well as the three territories which have been granted this power by federal legislation. This means that each province and territory has its own minimum wage. For a complete history of the minimum wage order on...

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New Canada-PEI Job Grant Announced

The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Member of Parliament for Egmont, on behalf of the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, today announced the signing of the full agreement for the Canada Job Fund, which includes the launch of the Canada Job Grant, with the Government of Prince Edward Island. The Honourable Allen F. Roach, Minister of Innovation and Advanced Learning, who participated in the announcement with Minister Shea,...

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Increasing the Labour Market Participation of Under-Represented Groups

Working Together is a new wage subsidy program that connects job seekers with disabilities with employers by providing a wage subsidy for a minimum of six months. Neil Squire Society is offering this program in partnership with the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce. The Neil Squire Society is a national not-for-profit organization that uses technology, knowledge and passion to empower Canadians with disabilities. The society has developed innovative programs and services, as...

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Prevent Heat Stress at Work

Source: Workers Compensation Board of PEI With the first heat wave of the summer in the forecast, the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) reminds all Islanders to take precautions to avoid heat stress at work. Heat stress refers to a variety of heat-related disorders, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which can lead to serious or even fatal injury.  Symptoms may include weakness, muscle pain, light-headedness, nausea and high body temperatures. Environmental hazards such as...

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PEI Leading in Temporary Foreign Worker Program in Atlantic Canada

The number of temporary foreign workers in Atlantic Canada tripled between 2005 and 2012 to reach 10,900 workers in December 2012 according to research by the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council. Prince Edward Island is leading the way in the number of temporary foreign workers: 139in 2005 644in 2009 1,000+in 2012 The largest increases in the number of temporary foreign workers have been in lower paying, lower skill occupations such as fish plant and food service workers. Recent...

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Minimum Wage Increase

The minimum wage in Prince Edward Island will be increased to $10.20 cents an hour as of June 1 and to $10.35 an hour as of October 1, says Environment, Labour and Justice Minister Janice Sherry. “The new rates take into account both the interests of employers and employees,” said Minister Sherry. “As well, the increase reflects a stronger and more buoyant economy and greater confidence in our prospects as a province.” The new rates were approved by the provincial cabinet based on...

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Gender Identity Added to Human Rights Act

The P.E.I. Human Rights Act now expressly prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. The act previously prohibited discrimination on the basis of sex or sexual orientation. The amendments, made in December 2013, underline that the Act also covers the right of people to choose how they express gender identity. As a result of the changes, businesses may need to review policies related to such items as dress codes or gender-neutral washrooms.  New...

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Talk about safety during Canadian Agricultural Safety Week

March 9-15, 2014 is Canadian Agricultural Safety Week, an annual event that raises awareness about the importance of farming safely. With this year’s theme, Let’s Talk About It, the Workers Compensation Board encourages farm employers and workers to initiate a conversation about safety hazards and ways to work safely. “Dialogue creates valuable opportunities to learn from one another,” said Nancy Guptill, Workers Compensation Board Chair. “With a topic as important as workplace...

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