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  [...]
NLEC defends use of Temporary Foreign Workers
On April 24th, Minister of Employment and Social Development Canada, Jason Kenney, announced a moratorium on the Food Services Sector’s access to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. The NLEC immediately jumped to the defence of employers in this sector who are utilizing Temporary Foreign Workers. Placing a moratorium on an entire sector due to allegations  [...]
Employers’ Council defends employers’ right to require doctor’s notes
Last week the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association (NLMA) sent a letter to its members announcing the organization has formally adopted the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) policies on Short-Term Illness Certificate and Third-Party Forms: The Physician’s Role, and have asked physicians in the province to follow the principles of these policies. The NLEC was not consulted in the adoption of these  [...]
NLEC asks province to tackle debt, decrease spending and reallocate resources to immigration
The NLEC is encouraging the province to tackle debt, reduce spending, create a competitive tax regime and shift resources towards immigration in Budget 2014. View the NLEC’s Position Paper on 2014 Provincial Budget Priorities. Fiscal prudence Last May the NLEC held a CEO Roundtable with member CEOs from some of the largest and most successful employers  [...]
Federal Minister of Employment Jason Kenney to speak at Employer of Distinction Awards Feb 14th
The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development & Minister responsible for Multiculturalism, will be the Keynote speaker at this year’s Employer of Distinction Awards. Kenney will discuss ongoing federal government efforts to connect Newfoundlanders & Labradorians with available jobs and address the skills mismatch in Canada. Speaking just days after the federal  [...]
NLEC asks Atlantic premiers to end resistance to EI reforms
The NL Employers’ Council (NLEC) met with the Council of Atlantic Premiers (CAP) advisory panel Thursday in St. John’s to advise the Atlantic premiers to reconsider their opposition to Employment Insurance (EI) reforms implemented by the federal government last year. In 2008-2010, nearly 60% of the workforce in Newfoundland & Labrador received EI benefits at  [...]
NLEC asks federal government to continue focus on sustainability and fiscal restraint
NLEC Executive Director Richard Alexander met with the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister responsible for ACOA today in St. John’s to discuss federal budget priorities. Click here to view submission  [...]
NLEC discusses inaccuracy of card based system of union certification
NLEC Executive Director Richard Alexander discussed the inaccuracy of Newfoundland & Labrador’s current card based union certification system with VOCM Openline guest host Tim Powers on Friday. The issue was also raised as part of a Roundtable on Business on VOCM on Thursday, January 9th. The NLEC has been lobbying government to reinstate mandatory secret  [...]
NLEC lobby to reduce WHSCC premiums saves employers millions
January 1, 2014 will mark the first reduction in workers’ compensation employer insurance premiums in this province since 2006. Due to a sustained lobby by the NLEC, the average employer insurance premium in Newfoundland & Labrador will drop by $0.30 to $2.45 per $100 of payroll for 2014, putting millions of dollars back into the hands of  [...]
NLEC speaks out on minimum wage increase
The provincial government announced today that effective October 1, 2014, the minimum wage will increase by 25 cents to $10.25 per hour. This will be followed by another 25 cent increase on October 1, 2015. The NL Employers’ Council (NLEC) had asked government not to implement the minimum wage advisory committee’s recommendation to increase minimum  [...]