Day: May 12, 2014

Tips from the Editor – Those Tricky Possessives

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By Kelly Laycockeditor1a

To Add S or Not to Add S, That Is the Question

My post about Single-Spacers vs. Double-Spacers turned out to be more than a little controversial, and by the end of the day, we’d had more than 175 hits and 47 Facebook shares. Wow! You Double-Spacers are fierce!  🙂

I thought maybe for this next post, we might stick to something a little more cut and dried: Possessives. Now, the apostrophe s is not without its fair share of misuse, and has even caused one state across the border to impose legislation about it! Something about those tricky possessives gets people hot and bothered.    Read the rest of this entry »

Saskatchewan’s labour legislation changes

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By Ken Fox

The Saskatchewan Employment Act, S.S. 2013, c. S-15.1, came into force on April 29, 2014.

According to the Legislative Summary supplied by Saskatchewan Justice this Act combines and updates 12 pieces of legislation into a single Act dealing with all aspects of labour and employment.

Some changes to existing legislation include:

  • allowing for the provision of four 10-hour shifts while maintaining the 40-hour work week
  • requiring employees to give employers two weeks’ notice of resignation
  • requiring unions to provide audited financial statements and the results of votes to their members
  • clarifying the definition of supervisory employees
  • removing the legislative authority that deems fines imposed by unions on members to be a debt that can be collected through the civil court process
  • allowing for decertification of a union that has been inactive for three years
  • providing for appeals to the Labour Relations Board from decisions of Occupational Health and Safety Adjudicators and Labour Standards Adjudicators
  • provisions that deal with the designation of a prime contractor which will ensure that on construction sites with multiple contractors, one contractor has overall responsibility for the entire construction site
  • the creation of additional unpaid leaves for organ donation, attending a citizenship ceremony, crime-related child death or disappearance, and critically ill child care
  • removing the ability for the ministry to grant a special permit for people with disabilities to be paid a lower wage

I haven’t had the opportunity to read the new act yet, but there has been plenty of news coverage, including stories published by CTV, CBC, Global News, and The Star Phoenix. Much of the coverage has focused on issues like payment for interns, unpaid overtime, flexibility of hours, penalties for violations and indexing of minimum wage.