REGINA, Dec. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - The restaurant sector welcomes much-needed
changes to labour legislation announced today by Labour Relations and
Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan. Bill 85 - The Saskatchewan Employment Act - addresses a number of concerns flagged by the province's restaurant
sector during this summer's public consultation process.
"These steps toward modernizing Saskatchewan's labour legislation are
welcome," says Dwayne Marling, Manitoba-Saskatchewan Vice President for
the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA). "We are
particularly supportive of the streamlining of the legislation into a
single comprehensive Act, and are encouraged that many of the issues we
raised in our submission have been addressed in this legislation."
Positive changes include:
consolidation of 12 Acts into one;
modification of work week provisions to allow for a 10-hour day/ 4-day
work week without overtime; and
not extending Saskatchewan's already very generous annual leave and
public holiday provisions.
Earlier this year, CRFA submitted its comments on the modernization of
Saskatchewan's labour legislation in response to the Ministry of Labour
Relations and Workplace Safety's Consultation Paper - and the
government has clearly acted on the majority of the concerns raised by
"Our members are disappointed, however, that the government has not yet
taken action to introduce either a differential training minimum wage
for new employees, or a tip differential minimum wage for serving staff
in licensed premises," says Marling. "We look forward to further
discussions on this with Minister Morgan and his Cabinet colleagues."
The restaurant industry directly employs 32,600 people, making it one of
the top four private-sector employers in Saskatchewan. More than half
of these employees are young people under the age of 25.
CRFA is one of Canada's largest business associations, with more than
30,000 members representing restaurants, bars, caterers, institutions
and other foodservice providers. Canada's $65-billion restaurant
industry employs more than 1.1 million people in communities across the
SOURCE: Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association
For further information:
CONTACT: Dwayne Marling 204-688-8557(cell); 1-877-926-8557 or firstname.lastname@example.org