Labour Standards: Changes You Should Know

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Changes have been made to the law on labour standards. Here are five of them, with the dates they take effect.

1 – Annual vacation

Workers will have three weeks’ paid vacation after three years working for the same employer, instead of five years.

Takes effect January 1, 2019.

2 – Psychological harassment

Acts of sexual harassment are now included in the definition of psychological harassment. Workers now have two years, instead of just 90 days, to file a complaint with the CNESST (labour standards, pay equity and workplace health and safety board).

In effect since June 12, 2018.

All employers must have a policy to prevent psychological harassment and deal with complaints.

Takes effect January 1, 2019.

3 – Time off when a loved one dies

Workers will have five days off, two of which are paid, instead of just one day.

Takes effect January 1, 2019.

4 – Payment by bank transfer

Employers no longer need their workers’ agreement to pay them by bank transfer.

In effect since June 12, 2018.

5 – Time off for family reasons

“Family” is given a broader definition. It now includes, for example, the family of your spouse or partner, foster families and some caregivers.

In effect since June 12, 2018.

Learn more about the changes on the website of the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité au travail (CNESST) (French only).