With the goal of improving safer and better workplaces for employers and employees, the Saskatchewan government introduced amendments to Saskatchewan Employment Law.

According to a statement, the amendments in Saskatchewan Employment Amendment Act of 2021 will clarify that any unwelcome action of a sexual nature constitutes harassment and the provisions will now cover independent contractors, students and volunteers.

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“Legislation governing our employers and employees must address the challenges of the modern work environment, including protecting vulnerable workers,” said Minister of Labor Relations and Safety at Work, Don Morgan, in a statement. “These amendments will help us build a stronger, safer and healthier Saskatchewan.”

On Saskatchewan Employment Amendment Act of 2021, the province added amendments to remove the requirement that the Labor Relations Board exclude supervisory employees from the same bargaining unit as supervised ones, unless the employer and the union have held an irrevocable election. Instead, the board will have authority to determine the appropriate bargaining unit, which may include a unit comprised of supervisors only.

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According to the release, transitional provisions have been included authorizing the board to hear requests from employers or unions to amend certification orders that remove supervisors from existing bargaining units.

Earlier this week, the Saskatchewan NDP introduced Bill 606, the Saskatchewan Employment (Sick Days) Amendment Act, to provide sick leave to workers in the province.

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