New Brunswick Labour Relations

In New Brunswick, there are numerous labour laws that apply to the workplace. The Employment Standards Act (ESA) regulates employees who do not belong to a union. Meanwhile, the Industrial Relations Act (IRC) governs the relationship between employers and their employees who are represented by a union. Additionally, disputes between employers and unions are heard before the New Brunswick Labour and Employment Board.

As an employer, it is important to understand both the ESA and IRC and how they apply to your business.

What is the Industrial Relations Act?

The IRC is the provincial legislation governing relations between employers, unions and employees in the province. It addresses the establishment of union representation, collective bargaining, and all matters related to unionized workplaces.

The IRC’s provisions are litigated at the NB Labour Relations and Employment Board, which is an independent, administrative tribunal. Its mandate is to settle and decide employment and labour relations matters involving employers, unions and employees.

What is the Employment Standards Act?

The ESA is administered by the Department of Labour and is the provincial legislation that sets the minimum employment standards for the workplace. It applies to most employers and non-union employees, regardless of their employment status. Employers who fail to comply with the ESA are subject to administrative and/or monetary penalties.

Is your business compliant with New Brunswick’s Labour laws?

Have you taken the appropriate steps to ensure that your business is compliant? Whether it’s the Employment Standards Act or the Industrial Relations Act, you have duties you must meet as an employer.

If you have questions about New Brunswick’s labour laws, we can help. Call our free HR advice line today at 1(833) 200-5103.