Employers’ Council Calls for Changes to WorkplaceNL PRIME Program
On September 21st, 2018 the Board of Directors approved the Employers’ Council’s submission to the Prevention and Return-to-Work Insurance Management for Employers’/Employees (PRIME) program review, currently being done by WorkplaceNL. Read the submission here. While the PRIME program has value, through consultation with members it has become clear that the current PRIME model is not  [...]
Employers’ Council urging Premier and opposition leader to remain impartial in private labour disputes
The Employers’ Council is exceptionally concerned about comments Premier Dwight Ball and PC leader Ches Crosbie have made surrounding potential government intervention in an ongoing labour dispute between Unifor and DJ Composites. Government and the opposition appear to be conceding to Unifor’s demands that the House of Assembly be opened to pass legislation surrounding binding arbitration  [...]
Employers’ Council presents to provincial tax Review Committee: Emphasizes urgent need to make taxes competitive
This week, the Employers’ Council presented to the provincial Tax Review Committee, a five person committee appointed by government. The committee will make recommendations for reforms to the province’s tax system, to be considered prior to Budget 2019-20. Our presentation emphasized the urgent need to reduce the total tax burden on both citizens and businesses,  [...]
WorkplaceNL significantly over-funded: Employers’ Council calls announcement of 131% funded position insulting to employers
On Friday the Employers’ Council was in the media reacting to an announcement by WorkplaceNL that their funded position has reached 131%, calling it “insulting to employers.” The Employers’ Council is calling on the Board of Directors of WorkplaceNL to drop assessment rates in 2019 to bring the funded position to 110%, in keeping with the funding target  [...]
Moody’s releases report today echoing Employers’ Council analysis that government plan is risky
In a report released today Moody’s substantiated the Employers’ Council’s analysis as risky. “The province’s forecast to balance the books by 2022/23 carries risks, and will be conditional on improving economic conditions and increasing oil prices, and on the government’s ability to consistently adhere to its expenditure controls. The province expects that the bulk of  [...]
“Stay the course budget” brings modest tax relief to business, but does little to improve fiscal situation
Finance Minster Tom Osborne brought down his first provincial budget on Tuesday. Budget brings modest tax relief Removal of the payroll tax has been a longtime advocacy issue for the Employers’ Council. The Budget included an announcement that the threshold of the provincial payroll tax will be increased from $1.2 M to $1.3 M effective  [...]
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  [...]