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Beware of Damages for Loss of LTD Benefit Coverage

A recent Ontario Superior Court decision, Brito v. Canac Kitchens, highlights the significant risk faced by an employer when a former employee becomes disabled during the notice period, but after long-term disability (“LTD”) benefits have been discontinued. Mr. Brito was … Continue reading

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Self-employment Insurance Changes

Employment Insurance Change Beginning in January 2011, self-employed Canadians will be able to access Employment Insurance (EI) special benefits. The four types of EI special benefits are maternity, parental, sickness, and compassionate care benefits. See:  http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/sc/ei/self_employed_workers.shtml

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July 2010 Unemployment Rates:

Canada:  8.0%           Alberta:  6.3% The Unemployment Rate provides a single snapshot of the overall Unemployment Situation.  At the end of March 2010 in Alberta the unemployment rate was 7.5%.  At that time (the most recent detailed statistics available)  the unemployment … Continue reading

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Earnings Up

Average Weekly Earnings In May, average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees rose by 3.7% from May 2009 to $848.45  In Alberta that change was 4.4%.   It is important to note that average weekly earnings include overtime pay, provide a snapshot of a particular … Continue reading

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Labour Force Growth in Alberta

Alberta’s Labour Force grew from 2.110 million members in April 2008 to 2.119.5 million in April 2009.  6.0% were unemployed in April 2009 as compared to 3.3% in April 2008.  Unemployment levels are higher for men than for women. The … Continue reading

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Compensation Updates

As of April 1, 2009 Alberta’s minimum wage is $8.80 per hour.  Alberta’s 2009 Salary Survey reports that the average hourly wage rate is 23.80 – just about 3 times the minimum wage. Alberta employers participating in the World at … Continue reading

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