February 9 2016
Will the grouping of labour-related organizations have an impact on employers and workers?
Bill 42, entitled An Act to group the Commission de l’équité salariale, the Commission des normes du travail and the Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail and to establish the Administrative Labour Tribunal, was adopted on June 12, 2015 and came into force on January 1, 2016.
On that date, the structures provided by this law were implemented and included merging the Commission sur l’équité salariale, the Commission des normes du travail and the Commission de la santé et de la sécurité au travail, which became a single administrative body named the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail.
While this reorganization is meant to streamline the previous model so that employers and workers only have to deal with one organization, many wonder how this mix of different labour law issues, which used to fall within the jurisdiction of separate organizations each with their own expertise, will be managed, whether it comes to pay equity or complaints of psychological harassment, to name but a few.
Moreover, it should be noted that the Commission des relations du travail and the Commission des lésions professionnelles were also grouped to form only one court, namely the Administrative Labour Tribunal, which is separated into four specific divisions: labour relations, occupational health and safety, essential services and construction industry and occupational qualification.
These signifiant changes will have an impact on employers and workers alike and your lawyers will be of great help to advise and guide you in these matters.