Panel to hold two phases of public consultations
Prince Edward Island is seeking input from employers and employees to improve its Employment Standards Act.
Last reviewed in 2006, the act outlines the rights and obligations of employees and employers and sets minimum standards to ensure individuals are treated fairly in the workplace.
“Workplaces have changed over the years so our employment standards need to evolve too,” says Matthew MacKaym, minister of economic growth, tourism and culture. “Islanders have asked for a full review and today I’m proud to say that we are committed to doing exactly that, so together we can continue to create healthy and supportive workplaces in Prince Edward Island.”
The province did make changes to its employment standards in 2010, looking at paid vacation, sick pay and overtime. And in 2019, P.E.I. introduced new leaves for workers subjected to violence in their personal lives.
New panel created
A panel of one chair and two members will be set up to carry out the review of the act and its associated regulations. One of the side-panel members will be a representative for employers and the other a representative for employees.
The panel will hold two phases of public consultations before writing an interim and final report. The final report will make recommendations on changes to employment standards in the province.
Anyone interested in being an employer or employee representative can apply here.