Minimum Wage now linked to CPI as recommended by Employers’ Council
On February 20th government also announced that the minimum wage in Newfoundland & Labrador will now be tied to the national Consumer Price Index (CPI). Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, Al Hawkins, announced that minimum wage would be increased by 15 cents to $11.15 on April 1st, 2018. All future increases will be  [...]
Employers’ Council Reacts to Changes in Workers Compensation Benefits
In late February Minister Sherry Gambin-Walsh introduced a bill in the House of Assembly to amend the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Act to move the existing income replacement rate (IRR) – used in calculating the worker benefits – from 80 per cent to 85 per cent of net income. Maximum Compensable Assessable Earnings will  [...]
Employers’ Council raises red-flag on tentative NAPE agreement with government
Reports emerged this week that a tentative agreement between NAPE and government includes a wage freeze, buyout and elimination of severance for all NAPE employees, and a no-layoff clause for the term of the contract. The Employers’ Council has been in the media expressing concern about the no-layoff clause. “To put a no-layoff clause in a  [...]
Employers’ Council releases “Another Way Forward”, an alternative to government’s fiscal plan.
The Employers’ Council launched Another Way Forward today, an alternative to government’s fiscal plan developed with research from the Conference Board of Canada. This proposed plan relies less on tax increases and more on government spending reductions. The Conference Board found that NL has the second highest personal tax burden in the country. Another Way  [...]
Employers’ Council reacts to tax review: Without action to reduce spending, committee may be set up for failure
Yesterday Finance Minister Tom Osborne announced an independent review of the provincial tax code, to be completed in September 2018 with the final report expected in November 2018 for consideration prior to Budget 2019-20. Government stated that the main objectives of the review are to ensure the province’s tax system is competitive and fair, identify  [...]
Spending reform still needed: Employers’ Council reaction to Budget 2017
Finance Minister Cathy Bennett brought down her second provincial budget yesterday. -Due to higher than expected oil revenue, this year’s deficit was revised to $1.1 B, down from the $1.83 B deficit forecasted in last year’s budget. -Government committed to hit their deficit reduction target for 2017-18 through spending cuts of $283 million. Next year’s  [...]
Employers’ Council counters CUPE’s protest against Public Private Partnerships
The Employers’ Council has been in the media countering the Canadian Union of Public Employee’s (CUPE) campaign against Public Private Partnerships (P3s). CUPE’s comments paint a misleading and inaccurate picture of public private partnerships, and of government’s plans for the recently announced long term care facility in Corner Brook. “It is hard to understand why  [...]
Employers’ Council ramps up BigGovNL campaign following cancellation of fall supplemental budget
The Employers’ Council has ramped up our Newfoundlanders and Labradorians for Big Government campaign following the premier’s announcement that there will be no fall supplemental budget. During segments on both CBC Here & Now and NTV Evening News yesterday the Employers’ Council launched new BigGovNL online videos and TV ads. The satirical advertising campaign is designed to drive citizens to to  [...]
Employers’ Council Shadow Budget calls for $1B in cost savings over 4 years
The NL Employers’ Council released a provincial Shadow Budget on April 13th, developed with research conducted by the Conference Board of Canada. The Conference Board examined spending in NL as compared to other provinces on a per capita or per GDP basis. They also measured the economic impact of tax increases and spending reductions to specific program  [...]
WHY WAIT IN LINE? report on Partnership continues to make headlines
Employer’s Council Executive Director Richard Alexander will speak to the Clarenville Area Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, March 22nd about how partnerships with the private sector can help government deal with the current fiscal storm, improve services to the public, and spur economic growth. The Employer’s Council was on the West Coast this week sharing  [...]
Employers’ Council calls for government partnerships with private sector
The NL Employers’ Council held a press conference yesterday to release findings of a study into the need to increase partnerships with the private and not-for-profit sectors in the delivery of government services and infrastructure. The report, Why Wait in Line? Opportunities to improve government services and infrastructure in NL was written by Memorial University  [...]
NLEC asks Liberal government for strong leadership and fiscal discipline
Finance Minister Cathy Bennett and Premier Dwight Ball released the mid-year fiscal update yesterday, confirming a record breaking deficit of nearly $2 billion. The NL Employers’ Council (NLEC) is encouraging the new government to show strong leadership on this issue. The massive deficit and $12.4 billion in net debt that the province is facing are  [...]
NLEC reacts to Budget 2015
Finance Minister Ross Wiseman brought down the 2015 Budget for Newfoundland & Labrador on April 30th in the House of Assembly. NLEC Executive Director, Richard Alexander reacted strongly in the media to some decisions, in particular to oppose the two percent increase in the provincial portion of the HST. While they may have been overshadowed  [...]
Premier announces public-private partnership on long term care – acknowledges NLECs work on issue
Premier Paul Davis announced today at a press conference that government will add 360 new long term care beds through engagement with public and not-for-profit providers. In his speech, the Premier acknowledged the Employers’ Council’s call for improved outcomes in government program and service delivery, referencing both the organization’s pre-budget submission and recent Conference Board of Canada report. Increased involvement  [...]
Richard Alexander discusses province’s finances on this week’s On Point with David Cochrane
Richard Alexander, NL Employers’ Council Executive Director was one of the guests on this week’s On Point with David Cochrane on CBC. Alexander discussed the province’s current fiscal situation heading into Budget 2015 and the need for the province to cut spending. He also defended against calls to increase taxes. Economist Wade Locke, who has recommended that  [...]
Premier commits to Sovereign Wealth Fund after NLEC lobby
Commitment to the creation of a sovereign wealth fund was one of the NLECs key asks in pre-budget consultations, and one of the recommendations from our Conference Board of Canada Report Achieving Sustainable Prosperity, released last week. Last night at a PC Fundraiser Premier Paul Davis announced a commitment to establishing such a fund, which  [...]
NLEC releases Conference Board of Canada Report Benchmarking NL against Competitors
The NL Employers’ Council (NLEC) released key findings of a Conference Board of Canada study that examines Newfoundland and Labrador’s strengths and weaknesses relative to its closest competitors today at the Sheraton Hotel. The study, Achieving Sustainable Prosperity: Benchmarking the Competitiveness of Newfoundland and Labrador, was commissioned by the NLEC to generate recommendations to improve the  [...]
NLEC asks government for meaningful spending reform and a plan to save for our future
NL Employers’ Council Executive Director Richard Alexander presented to Finance Minister Ross Wiseman Friday, asking him to address the looming deficit by introducing meaningful permanent spending reforms to government program and service delivery. Alexander told Wiseman that the drop in the price of oil “could be the best thing to happen to Newfoundland Labrador.” Now  [...]
NLEC calls on government to think long term about province’s finances
The NL Employers’ Council (NLEC) is imploring the provincial government to change the way they manage our province’s finances. Instead of budgeting at the maximum price of oil as this government has been doing, government must budget spending based on a more modest estimate.  Any resulting surplus should be used to pay down debt and  [...]
NLEC disagrees with province suspending support for trade agreements
The NL Employers’ Council (NLEC) has been speaking out on the benefits of removing trade barriers following the provincial government’s decision not to participate in trade agreements currently under negotiation by Canada. The NLEC fundamentally disagrees with this decision, made due to the province’s disagreement with the federal government on the terms of a cost-shared  [...]
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