The federal government has promised to increase the minimum wage to $7.50 an hour over the next two years, starting Jan. 1.
It’s an increase that would increase the average hourly wage for workers in the construction industry from $22 to $23 per hour.
Construction is one of the fastest-growing occupations in Canada.
But it also raises the questions of what constitutes a reasonable wage.
The federal minimum wage is $7 per hour for full-time workers, plus the amount employers must pay to workers on short-term contracts.
Under the current rules, employers can legally pay workers $2 an hour more, but that’s not necessarily a fair share.
The minimum wage doesn’t apply to temporary workers.
The government is expected to introduce a proposal to extend the minimum to permanent workers next week.
What are some of the key things employers are looking for in an employee?
Can the company guarantee a good working relationship?
Are the benefits that come with the job worth the cost?
How do you find out if your job is suitable for the job?
What is a reasonable amount of time an employee will have to complete a job?
Can an employer impose conditions that would limit an employee’s ability to work or take risks with their health?
Can employers require employees to work in certain areas?
What are the rules around child care?
Does a parent have to pay child care fees?
Can a parent choose their own childcare hours?
Can they hire independent childcare providers?
How can employers determine if they have an existing policy or contract with an employee that is not currently in effect?
Can you get a letter from the federal government saying you are being laid off?
Can workers file for unemployment benefits?
What happens if you’re laid off for cause?
Can employees appeal a decision to the federal labour tribunal?
Can companies change their policies and contracts?
What does the federal Labour Standards Act mean for construction workers?
How many workers can a company lay off per month?
What can workers do if they’re laid-off for reasons other than a health issue?
Can construction workers sue their employer?
How much do construction workers get in benefits?
Can contractors negotiate wage increases?
What should employers know about child care for workers?
What constitutes a good work relationship?
Can one employee be fired for reasons unrelated to their work?
Can parents work for more than one employer?
Can I be fired?
Can unions sue their workplace?
Can my union get back control over my wages?
What about employees who have been fired or who quit?
What other protections do I have if I’m fired?
What if I have a medical condition?
What’s the minimum amount of vacation I can take?
Does my employer have to provide health benefits?
Do I have to be covered under health insurance?
How often do workers get paid?
Is it mandatory to get insurance?
Is my employer required to pay for my disability benefits?
Does employer’s disability insurance have to cover me?
Does the employer have the right to refuse to cover certain conditions?
Does it have to offer a sick leave plan?
What rights do workers have to request a leave or rest day?
Does one employee have to work for one employer if there are multiple workers working for them?
Does your employer have a workplace health and safety policy?
Does an employer have an employee health and safe practices policy?
Is there an employee grievance process?
What do you need to do if your employer fires an employee due to a health condition?
How long is the minimum workweek?
What kinds of sick days are allowed?
What types of sick leave can I request?
What kind of sick time can I have?
What responsibilities do employers have in the workplace?
What must I tell my employer when I report a health problem?
What information must I provide to my employer if I want to file a complaint about workplace safety?
How will I be compensated for work that is done at my workplace?
How does the Employment Standards Branch enforce the Employment Rights Act?
How is the Employment Discrimination Act enforced?
What rules apply to employers who fire workers for reasons related to their job?
How did a federal tribunal determine that an employer discriminated against an employee because of her disability?
What forms of discrimination are prohibited under the law?
Can temporary workers file a claim for wage theft?
Can someone who is laid off file a lawsuit against an employer?
Is a worker who is fired covered by provincial disability insurance?
What remedies do employers and workers have if they are fired for cause, such as injuries or illnesses?
What sort of penalties can be imposed if a worker is fired for disability related reasons?
How would a court determine the employee’s age and whether she can take leave to work?
How old are employees who are laid off due to their disability?
Can Canadians get help with paying their housing costs?
What legal protections do employees have if their employers fail to provide adequate housing?
What protections do employers need to provide in order to protect their employees from harassment?
What type of workplace safety laws are there?
Can there be an employer