↗ Long-awaited amendments finally were made to Employment Standards in fall 2009 and will increase work-life balance through increased access to caregiving leaves; extension of pa- rental leaves if child is ill; paid sick leave for employees who have worked with employer more than five years; vacation for employees who have worked for employer more than eight years; paid bereavement leave for family; expansion of bereavement benefits for extended family; and other improvements.
↗ The Advisory Council particularly congratulates government for setting a precedent in Canada by providing for paid sick leave for employees who have worked with an employer more than five years. Bravo.
↗ Minimum wage has increased from $8/hour to $9/hour; it will increase to $9.30 in June, $9.60 in October, and reach $10 in April 2012. This represents a 25% increase from 2009 to 2012. We ask that as these increases come about, government examine indexing the minimum wage to the cost of living.
→ The Advisory Council strongly urges government to strike the (unproclaimed) part of the Employment Standards Act that would allow for multiple wage levels (two-tiered minimum wage). A two-tiered wage would discriminate against women.
Improvements to the Employment Standards Act that improve working conditions and wages for non-unionized workers: B
This is an excerpt from the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women 2011 Equality Report Card for PEI, released in June 2011 and based on information updated to May 30, 2011. The Advisory Council is republishing one area of assessment each week on this blog. For more information, visit the Advisory Council on the Status of Women website.