Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Relations

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

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

What is the Labour Relations Act?

The LRC 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 LRC’s provisions are litigated at the Labour Relations 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 Labour Standards Act?

The LSA is administered by the Department of Immigration, Skills and 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 LSA are subject to administrative and/or monetary penalties.

Is your business compliant with Newfoundland and Labrador’s labour laws?

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

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