Nova Scotia Labour Relations

In Nova Scotia, there are numerous labour laws that apply to the workplace. The Nova Scotia Labour Standards Code (LSC) regulates employees who do not belong to a trade union. Meanwhile, the Trade Union Act (TUA) governs the relationship between employers and their employees who are represented by a union. Additionally, disputes between employers and unions are heard before the Nova Scotia Labour Relations Board.

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

What is the Trade Union Act?

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

The TUA’s provisions are litigated at the Nova Scotia Labour Relations Board (the “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 Code?

The LSC is administered by the Department of Labour and is the provincial legislation setting 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 LSC are subject to administrative and/or monetary penalties.

Is your business compliant with Nova Scotia Labour laws?

Have you taken the appropriate steps to ensure that your business is operating according to the province’s labour laws? Whether it’s the Labour Standards Code or the Trade Union Act, you have duties to your workers as an employer.

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