N.W.T. issues call for feedback on Employment Standards Act, signalling ‘potential changes’

By Amanda Jerome

Law360 Canada (April 28, 2023, 12:25 PM EDT) -- The government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has issued a call for public feedback on the Employment Standards Act.

“The realities of work have changed since the last time the Act was comprehensively reviewed. 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,” a government release, issued April 26, explained.

According to the review’s website, the GNWT is looking for feedback on issues such as:

  • “Whether NWT workers should be entitled to legislated paid sick leave
  • Protection of gig workers and ‘dependent contractors’
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Types of job-protected leave available to employees
  • Statutory holidays and vacation pay.”

The Act, the release noted, 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,” the release added.

The public can provide feedback online until May 21, 2023.

“Results from the survey and direct stakeholder engagements will be summarized in a What We Heard Report that will help inform potential changes to the Act,” the release concluded.

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