The Nook Espresso Bar and Lounge closed its Bedford location in late July of this year. It did so suddenly and without giving any kind of warning to its seven employees. When the owners incorrectly calculated their notice pay, the baristas fought back, with help from the Halifax Workers Action Centre. Lisa Cameron reports.
Media release by the Halifax Workers Action Centre: Last week, numerous changes to the Canada Labour Code came into force. Our provincial government needs to follow the federal lead and consider making similar changes to bring our minimum employment standards up to speed with the rest of the country.
A recent CCPA report counts the ways current labour legislation fails to address needs of workers in the province. Provisions pertaining to standard hours of work, overtime pay, vacation, minimum wage, and statutory holidays are especially weak, writes Lisa Cameron.
During a hurricane or other storm when shops, bars and store are closed, most hourly paid workers – such as bar, restaurant, and coffee shop employees simply do not get paid. This week, they could lose nearly half their week’s pay (and tips), due to the closures. Judy Haiven explains.
Judi Haiven on working / not working on Labour Day and getting paid. It’s complicated. Know your labour rights!
Judy and Larry Haiven on the deplorable state of labour standards in NS: As we approach Labour Day of 2019, we would do well to ponder the miserable situation of those who toil in the workplaces of this province and how this hurts us all.
Natal Day for many non-unionized people really isn’t a holiday at all. No overtime pay, no ability to refuse to work, and if the place closes you could get the day off with no pay. It doesn’t have to be that way, Judy Haiven explains.
Non-unionized workers in Nova Scotia not only need to deal with low wages, they are denied many of the protections other Canadian workers enjoy. A new report by the CCPA identifies the shortcomings and recommends how to fix it.
Judy Haiven looks at labour law as it applies to Good Friday and Easter. These things are never simple. Don’t let your boss take advantage of this, either knowingly or unknowingly.
People who get paid the least and work in the most unstable jobs are often the people most vulnerable to abuse by their bosses. And without a union or money to get legal help, these workers usually have nowhere to go. In Halifax at least that situations has improved a bit. There is now a Workers Action Centre (WAC) that you can turn to for answers to your questions and for concrete support.