2012 Provincial Budget delivers two out of four NLEC requests
Fails to make tough decisions in two key areas The 2012 Provincial Budget, released Tuesday, delivered on two of the NLEC’s pre-budget requests by reducing government spending to sustainable levels and reviewing government departments for cost savings. The budget failed, however, to make two tough but necessary decisions for our province — how to address our massive  [...]
Federal Budget addresses NLEC requests regarding Employment Insurance and pensions
The 2012 Federal Budget, released yesterday, announced changes to the Employment Insurance (EI) program that address concerns of NLEC members. The Government committed to make EI a more efficient program, to remove disincentives to work and quickly connect people to jobs. Among other changes, Government will “introduce legislation to strengthen and clarify what is required  [...]
Richard Alexander debates Anti-replacement Worker Legislation on CBC’s Radio Noon and Here & Now
The issue of anti-replacement worker legislation has been making headlines again, with the recent use of replacement workers by Ocean Choice International (OCI). NLEC Executive Director, Richard Alexander has been in the news defending employers right to use replacement workers and the importance of maintaining this ability in our labour legislation. Anti-replacement worker legislation would  [...]
NLEC meets with Member of Parliament Kellie Leitch on Employment Insurance and Pension Reform
NLEC Executive Director, Richard Alexander met with Dr. Kellie Leitch, MP for Simcoe-Grey and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and the Minister of Labour as part of federal pre-budget consultations in St. John’s on February 1st. Alexander urged the federal government to develop a long-term plan for debt reduction  [...]
WHSCC statutory review announced
NLEC calling for legislative change in the system to reduce Employer Insurance Premiums The Provincial Government has announced the start of the Workplace Health, Safety & Compensation Commission (WHSCC) statutory review. A committee representing key stakeholders has been appointed to oversee the statutory review process, including NLEC member Claude Horlick, and labour representative Dave Burry. Ralph  [...]
NLEC calling for amalgamation of OHS Branch and WHSCC due to inefficiencies revealed in AG’s report
The NL Employers’ Council (NLEC) is calling for the amalgamation of the Workplace, Health Safety & Compensation Commission (WHSCC) and the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Branch of Service NL in order to increase efficiency and decrease the cost of our Worker’s Compensation system. Currently, the legislated responsibility for Occupational Health and Safety education lies  [...]
NLEC asks for review of public sector pensions at pre-budget consultations
NLEC Executive Director Richard Alexander addressed Minister of Finance Tom Marshall Friday as part of government’s pre-budget consultations. Alexander urged government to develop an aggressive and proactive plan for debt reduction that should include evaluation and reform of the current public sector pension plan. In his opening presentation, Marshall told attendees that unfunded pension liabilities  [...]
NLEC Conference panel discussion on EI creates a stir
The panel discussion “Government’s Role – The impact of social programs on the labour market” held at this year’s NLEC Conference on November 16th in St. John’s, is continuing to make quite a stir in the local media. The panel, moderated by Blogger and Media Commentator Geoff Meeker, featured Association of Seafood Producers President Derek  [...]
Progressive Conservative platform promises to eliminate payroll tax
Finance Minister Tom Marshall attributes policy to Employers’ Council lobby effort In today’s release of their 2011 Policy Blue Book, the Progressive Conservative Party promised to work toward the elimination of the Health and Post Secondary Education Tax (HAPSET), commonly known as Payroll Tax. If elected, the PC’s promise to raise the exemption incrementally, reducing  [...]
Richard Alexander debates Back to Work Legislation with Lana Payne on CBC Crosstalk
NLEC Executive Director, Richard Alexander and Federation of Labour President, Lana Payne, discussed the implications of Back to Work Legislation on both business and labour on CBC Radio Noon CrossTalk with Ramona Dearing on Wednesday, September 21st. In the program, Alexander questioned Payne on her contradictory views on political third party interference in a labour dispute.  [...]