Province seeks feedback on employment standards provisions

Troy Fleece/Regina Leader-Post. Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan.

Trillian Reynoldson, Regina Leader-Post

Saskatchewan workers have an opportunity to have their voices heard and provide feedback on employment standards provisions.

This comes as the province reviews the employment standards provisions in the second part of the Saskatchewan Employment Act and accompanying regulations.

Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said world events, technology and innovation have created new working arrangements for employers and employees.

 “Using the feedback we receive, our goal is to modernize the legislation and ensure that we are creating a fair and balanced employment environment for continued investment and economic growth in our province,” Morgan said in a statement.

In a statement, the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees’ Union (SGEU) said they are pleased to see the province is asking for feedback from the public.

“We encourage the government to listen well to the comments they receive and to draw on them to make revisions that will better the working conditions for Saskatchewan people,” SGEU President Tracey Sauer said.

“SGEU regularly provides input to the Government of Saskatchewan through the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety and the LRWS Minister’s Advisory Committee.”

The statement went on to say members have been calling on the province to make the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation a statutory holiday, and SGEU continues to put forward the request to the government.

A discussion paper is available on the province’s website, which focuses on issues such as hours of work, wages, job protection for ill or injured employees, and layoffs and terminations. Feedback can be provided by email at or by mail to the Employment Standards Review Corporate Services Division. The deadline is October 31.