(Jan. 21/18): The Nova Scotia Labour Board (NSLB) continues to debate whether it will redefine what constitutes a casual and a part-time employee, which could result in a provincial labour controversy. On January 8, Restaurants Canada submitted a letter to the NSLB and expressed our concerns regarding these potential changes.

We are worried that changing the policy for casual employees could result in them having too much influence over full-time employees and tip the scales in their favour in regard to bargaining demands.

This is because casual employees, who in some cases may have only been employed for a matter of days, may seek short term financial gain without fully understanding the company history, vision or the need for long-term sustainability of the business.

Restaurants Canada also believes that the current distinction between part-time and casual employees should be maintained. Part-time employees’ needs are typically more in line with those of a full-time employee than a casual employee, who only gets called in on an ad-hoc basis.

Changing the definition of casual employee will tilt the province’s labour-management balance in favour of unions and could prioritize the desire of casual, and in most cases short-term employees, over those of full-time and part-time employees.

With 32,400 employees, the foodservice industry is the fourth largest private sector employer in the province.

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