Employers’ Council creates media buzz on “Transforming our Future”
The NL Employers’ Council generated significant media coverage last week by securing interviews for guest speakers from our Transforming our Future summit on all major news broadcasts. We also secured multiple follow-up interviews with Executive Director, Richard Alexander, calling for a credible plan to fix our fiscal situation. Watch the coverage now using the links  [...]
Employers’ Council speaks out on impact of SOE on business
The NL Employers’ Council has been in the news today and yesterday raising awareness of the impact the state of emergency has had on businesses, many of whom are dealing with significant losses and stress as a result of being shut down for a week. Some employees and labour leaders have been publicly pressing all  [...]
Employers’ Council speaks out as fiscal situation worsens
Finance Minister Tom Osborne issued the fall fiscal update last week, showing the deficit for 2019-20 had grown to $943-million. This is up significantly from the $575 million projected in the 2019 budget. Government attributed this to factors “outside of their control”, specifically decreased revenue. This included $185 M from a shutdown in Hibernia, lower  [...]
Employers’ Council Secures Manufacturing and Processing Safety Sector Council
For four years, the Employers’ Council has been working in partnership with Canadian Manufacturing and Exporters NL Division (CME-NL) and the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) to establish a Manufacturing & Processing Safety Sector Council (MPSSC) for the industry. After significant work by the Employers’ Council and our partners, multiple challenges, and bumps in the  [...]
Employers’ Council disappointed with increased spending and little tax relief in 2019 Provincial Budget
The NL Employers’ Council was in the media in April reacting to the 2019 Provincial Budget. Click here to watch Jaclyn Sullivan provide live reaction to the budget on CBC. Despite a paper surplus, we still have a spending problem Government presented a $1.9 B surplus for 2019-20, by recognizing the full $2.5 B in  [...]
Premier Ball announces presumptive PTSD coverage for all workers covered by WorkplaceNL
On December 4th, Premier Dwight Ball, Minister Sherry Gambin-Walsh and WorkplaceNL CEO Dennis Hogan announced a bill to amend the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Act to include presumptive post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) coverage for all workers, effective July 1, 2019. The legislation will presume that PTSD was the result of a workplace event(s) if  [...]
Weed in the Workplace
The Employers’ Council was in the media yesterday reminding people that just because marijuana is now legal, that doesn’t mean it is okay to be impaired at work. On May 8th, 2018 the Employers’ Council held a workshop on the legalization of marijuana at Glendenning Golf Course in St. John’s. The major takeaway was that impairment from  [...]
Employer’s Council addresses inaccuracies in NAPE’s campaign for presumptive workplace mental health legislation
On Monday, October 15th the Employers’ Council sent a letter to all MHAs in the province, raising concern with inaccuracies and misleading information presented in the ongoing NAPE advertising campaign, “Let’s Get It Right”, calling for presumptive “workplace mental health legislation”. Workplace mental health is exceptionally important to employers in this province. The Employers’ Council supported improvements that were  [...]
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  [...]
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  [...]
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