The NL Employers’ Council has been in the news talking about labour shortages and vaccine passports.
Several factors contribute to the current labour shortage, including demographics, immigration challenges and COVID support programs. Many employers are concerned that these programs are providing a disincentive for employees to return to work. This phenomenon is being experienced across the country, and NL is not immune.
Businesses in this province have had to do such things as reduce hours, recruit out of province, and bring back retired employees to maintain operations. The shortage for some is critical. Executive Director, Richard Alexander, said, “We need our economy to grow now. The Federal Government needs to look at regional differences and make adjustments to COVID benefits to ensure these programs don’t hold back economic recovery”.
On October 8, 2021, the provincial government introduced their version of a vaccine passport. Richard Alexander reminded the public that, under legislation, everyone in a workplace has a responsibility to do everything reasonable to ensure the safety of employees and customers.
View some of our recent media coverage:
Provincial & National Labour Shortages
Your Money on VOCM – October 9th
Employers and unions split on causes of labour shortage
NTV Evening News – October 6th
Discussion around employers’ providing sick leave
CBC Here & Now – October 4th
Labour Shortage: Interview with Richard Alexander
CBC Morning Show – October 4th
Local Business Group Says COVID Relief Programs Adding to Labour Shortage
VOCM -September 30th
NL government reveals draft vaccine passport plan to St. John’s business community
CBC.ca – September 30th
Businesses reaction to vaccine passports
CBC Here & Now – September 29th
Linda Swain hosts with guest Richard Alexander
VOCM On Target – September 29th
Trucking company owner struggles to find drivers to hire: Interview with Barry Warren
CBC Morning Show – September 15th