The Standing Committee on Social Development, chaired by Ms. Caitlin Cleveland, will hold a public clause-by-clause review of two bills on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 7:00PM.
The bills are Bill 12: An Act to Amend the Apprenticeship, Trades and Occupational Certification Act and Bill 20: An Act to Amend the Employment Standards Act.
The proposed change in Bill 12 would increase Ministers’ authority to issue certificates not currently available in the NWT, such as the Blue Seal certificate.
The proposed changes in Bill 20 are a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It adds Emergency Leave provisions for workers into the Act (such as for self-isolation). It also affects group termination—when an employer wishes to terminate 25 or more employees at a time, they must give substantial notice. The change to the Act would add an exception clause that changes the notification period for circumstances outside the employer’s control to provide group termination notice, such as a public health emergency (among others).
To watch the meeting, tune in to the live stream on ntassembly.ca, or on the Legislative Assembly’s Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter accounts.