2014 NLEC Conference PLAYING TO WIN a resounding success
The NL Employers’ Council 2014 Conference Playing to Win: The Simple Truth about Productivity, Growth & Being Globally Competitive took place on November 20th in St. John’s. Over 120 business leaders, managers, public policy and opinion makers attended the event which included sessions by the Honourable John Crosbie and Bill Barry on Competitive Public Policy; Maclean’s  [...]
NLEC optimistic about future WHSCC employer premium reductions
While the average worker’s compensation employer insurance premium will remain unchanged for 2015, the NL Employers’ Council is optimistic about further reductions in the future. In their announcement of the 2015 rates today, the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission (WHSCC) stated that the funded ratio as of December 31, 2013 was 106.6 percent –  [...]
Government finally implements public sector pension reform after long lobby by NLEC
After a long lobby by the NLEC, Premier Tom Marshall announced Tuesday, September 2nd, that a deal has been reached between government and unions to reform the majority of public sector pensions in this province. This deal finally establishes a plan to eliminate the massively unfunded public sector pension and post retirement liabilities, projected to  [...]
Mandatory secret ballot vote on union certification reinstated
Bill 22, an Act To Amend The Labour Relations Act passed in the House of Assembly yesterday. The Bill proposes to eliminate the card based system of union certification imposed in 2012 and reinstate mandatory secret ballot voting to determine if workers want to be represented by a union in their workplace. All Progressive Conservative  [...]
NLEC receives Pinnacle Awards for campaign to reduce workers’ compensation premiums
The International Association of Business Communicators, Newfoundland & Labrador Chapter (IAB-NCL) presented the NLEC with two awards on May 22nd at a Pinnacle Awards Gala at the Rooms. The Pinnacle Awards showcase excellence in business communication. The NLEC was recognized in both the Government Relations and Advocacy Communications categories for the three year campaign to  [...]
Private Members Resolution on Temporary Foreign Workers passed in the House of Assembly
A Private Members Resolution to implement worker recruitment and protection legislation, which would require an employer registration process as well as a licensing requirement for companies/individuals recruiting foreign workers, was passed in the House of Assembly last week. Introduced by Liberal MHA Cathy Bennett, it was supported by all members except the NDP. The NLEC  [...]
Impact of the TFW motatorium on Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) has played an important role in the province’s ability to attract and retain permanent immigrants. Nearly 70% of all Provincial Nominees for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) come from the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (in all skill sectors). Due to the decline of the working age population projected for  [...]
WHSCC Stat Review recommendations address NLEC concerns, but do not go far enough to fix the syste
Earlier this year, the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Statutory Review Committee (SRC) concluded its review of the provincial workers’ compensation system. View the SRC report: Working Together: Safe, Accountable, Sustainable (Vol I, Parts 1 & 2) Working Together: Safe, Accountable, Sustainable (Vol II, Appendices) The NLEC Board of Director’s recently approved a detailed response  [...]
Myths and realities of public sector pensions
In this weekend’s Telegram, the NLEC debunked myths and state realities concerning public sector pensions in our province in a letter to the editor. Union leaders have taken exception to provincial business associations like the Newfoundland and Labrador Employers’ Council sharing in the discussion about the financial predicament of our public sector pension plans (PSPPs).  [...]
North American Occupational Health & Safety Week 2014
May 4th-10th is North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The NLEC participated in the Canadian launch of this continent wide event spanning Canada, USA and Mexico on Monday in St. John’s. NAOSH Week is designed to focus the attention of employers, employees, the general public on the importance of preventing injury and illness  [...]