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In March, the Quebec government undertook a massive labour standards reform project with the objective of facilitating family-work balance—a lofty goal, but a costly one for you: nearly $700 million per year!
We are putting pressure on the government to consider the realities of small businesses and give you more leeway in managing your businesses.
Forcing you to do what you’re already doing: bad for business
We are letting the government know that your employees are important to you. You already have family-work balance measures in place and offer salaries and working conditions that often surpass minimum labour standards.
However, when the government holds you to minimum labour standards regardless of specific circumstances, you are prevented from distributing your business’s resources in a way that suits its needs, principles and commercial reality.
Your small business needs the flexibility to adapt to changing conditions so you can keep up in a competitive market. Being forced to distribute your resources according to a strict plan makes you less competitive!
Some worrying provisions
A sampling of worrying provisions that will come into effect on January 1, 2019:
We have reminded the government that these measures will take away your flexibility when you already have limited room to manoeuvre when it comes to meeting the varied needs of your business and employees.
Employers have their employees’ best interests at heart
We are also reminding the government that you already provide benefits to your employees based on the needs and realities of your business, as shown by the results of one of our recent surveys:
Do you have questions about the labour standards reform? Any experience you’d like to share with us? Call your CFIB Counsellor.