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  [...]
Fraser Institute Executive VP Jason Clemens to provide keynote at 2013 NLEC Conference Nov 14th
Jason Clemens, Executive Vice President of the Fraser Institute, Canada’s leading public policy think tank, will provide the keynote address at this year’s NLEC Conference. The Fraser Institute measures and studies the impact of competitive markets and government interventions on individuals and society. Clemens will use the Fraser Institute’s research to discuss the competitiveness of Newfoundland & Labrador’s business environment. Newfoundland  [...]
Provincial government initiates review of public sector pensions after multi-year lobby by NLEC
For the last 3-4 years, the NLEC has been lobbying government to reduce our province’s net debt, specifically the $5 Billion in unfunded pension and other post retirement liabilities that make up the largest part of it. Yesterday Premier Kathy Dunderdale announced that government has initiated a review of public sector pensions in consultation with the public sector  [...]
NLEC holds CEO Roundtable on Business Priorities
On Thursday, May 30th the NLEC held the CEO Roundtable on Business Priorities, an event for the province’s business leaders to network and debate pro-growth public policies that could best position Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) as the place to do business. Twenty CEO level executives from NLEC member organizations met in a confidential, closed-door environment to discuss four subject matter  [...]
Employers disappointed by changes to Temporary Foreign Worker Program
The Harper government announced reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) Monday.  The Government is introducing legislative, regulatory and administrative changes that will: effective immediately, require employers to pay temporary foreign workers at the prevailing wage by removing the existing wage flexibility; effective immediately, temporarily suspend the Accelerated Labour Market Opinion process; increase the Government’s  [...]
NLEC asks Worker’s Compensation Statutory Review Committee to take our system out of last place
NLEC Executive Director, Richard Alexander presented to the Workers Compensation Statutory Review Committee yesterday at the Ramada Hotel, asking the committee to make recommendations that go far enough and succeed where other reviews have fallen short — in finally bringing our system out of last place. The NLEC has been leading a strong lobby to  [...]