Saskatchewan unveils new employment act

Act is ‘step in the right direction,’ but minimum wage still too low: Union
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/29/2013

The Saskatchewan government has introduced a new employment act that rolls 12 employment-related acts into one.

Bill 85, the Saskatchewan Employment Act, passed first reading on Dec. 4. It proposes a number of significant changes, many of which are welcomed by both organized labour and business leaders. But both sides say there are bigger picture issues that need to be resolved before the bill becomes law.

The province’s minimum wage would now be indexed based on a formula that gives equal weight to the annual change in average hourly wage and the Consumer Price Index (CPI).