Have your say with the Employment Standards Survey
The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is seeking public feedback on the Employment Standards Act — including whether Family Day should be a stat holiday.
The realities of work have changed since the last time the Act was comprehensively reviewed, stated a GNWT announcement.
A thorough review of the Act is needed to ensure efficiency, understanding and compliance, as well as to ensure that the legislation is on par with the minimum standards of employment in other Canadian jurisdictions, asserted the GNWT.
As Cabin Radio reports, unlike many other Canadian jurisdictions, the NWT doesn’t recognize February’s Family Day as a statutory holiday. The NWT does observe National Indigenous Peoples Day in June, as does the Yukon, whereas provinces do not.
February is the only month of the year guaranteed not to include a stat holiday in the NWT. A Member Poll in February showed 68% of respondents siding with a new Family Day for the public-service dominated NWT.
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business has spoken out against adding more stat holidays to the year as it hurts business — especially SMEs.
Even though workers don’t have to work statutory holidays, they still get paid for them. Companies can either stay open and pay working employees time and a half, or shut down for a day and lose productivity.
The Act applies to most employees and employers that perform work in the Northwest Territories. The Act does not apply to federal government employees, GNWT employees or workers in federally regulated industries such as airlines, banks and most telecommunications operations.
However, a new stat holiday would likely be adopted by all sectors.
Complete one of the two online surveys — one for Employee and Community Members and the other for employers — by May 21.