October 5, 2017
Hello everyone. As we move forward for the fall season, the Chamber is gearing up for a busy season. That said, I should note that the Chamber’s annual golf Day, last June was once again a successful event with close to 150 area business professionals enjoying a day on the links, and some terrific networking. Thanks to Executive Manager Lezlie and her Chamber team for a well coordinated event. Bill 148. Many of you have heard of this proposed legislation and the potential impact it could have on our business sector. We’ve taken on the issue for our members and we’re working with chambers province wide to challenge the government’s Bill and to seek change. Here are some of the key issues the Chamber is challenging.
- 32% increase in the minimum wage in 18 months. Could seriously impact many businesses. Current employees already at $15.00-will they also seek an increase? Seasonal and part time must be paid same rate as full time employees (some exceptions apply).
- 48 hour shift cancellation. Seasonal businesses and others weather dependent. Under the new legislation, shift cancellation less than 48 hours: affected staff entitled to three hours wage.
- Personal days. Legislation proposes 10 personal days for employees, the first two of which with pay. Note: employers can ask for written entitlement to a personal day but may not ask for documentation from a health practitioner.
- Three weeks paid vacation after 5 years (up from 2)
- After three months, employee may request schedule change, (e.g. to not be obliged to work on a Sunday even if originally agreeing to).
- Business could be unionized with only 20% of workers in favour
- Increases to employer contributions (i.e. EI).
On a more positive note, you’ll want to mark your calendars for October 18 – celebrating the Chamber’s Small Business Day. It promises to be an exciting event and I look forward to welcoming members of our business community to join in this must-attend professional development day. You’ll also want to mark your calendars for a terrific networking event on Thursday, October 19. The Chamber, along with our Akwesasne and Massena counterparts will host a “meet-and-greet” at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino. You can register by contacting Lyette at 613-933-4004, ext. 223 or, on-line to: email@example.com. I hope you will join us and our upstate New York business colleagues to share ideas and develop closer ties.