Legislative Assembly

Public input requested on amendments to Industrial Relations Act (07/09/04)

NB 1097

Sept. 4, 2007

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The Standing Committee on Law Amendments, an all party committee of the Legislative Assembly, is asking the public for input on a bill introduced in the Legislature this past session. Bill 60, An Act to Amend the Industrial Relations Act, was introduced in the Legislature by Margaret-Ann Blaney (MLA - Rothesay), and referred to the committee for its consideration.

"We feel as a committee that it is important to consult with the stakeholders who could be affected by this proposed legislation," said Justice and Consumer Affairs Minister T.J. Burke, chair of the committee.

The intent of Bill 60 is to introduce 'common employer' provisions into the Industrial Relations Act of New Brunswick. The 'common employer' provisions would attempt to ensure that employers are not permitted to avoid their legal obligations to their employees, as established in collective bargaining agreements, by creating new business entities in name, but not in substance. Bill 60 addresses the practice of 'double breasting' and provides the New Brunswick Labour and Employment Board with the powers to determine whether an employer has established a new business entity for legitimate business purposes, or simply to avoid its obligations to a union under a collective bargaining agreement.

The committee is now seeking the public's input through public hearings with respect to the issues raised by Bill 60. The public hearings for the proposed legislation will be held in the Legislative Council Chamber in Fredericton, New Brunswick, on Oct. 17 - 18, 2007.

Individuals or organizations wishing to appear before the committee on the bill should notify the Office of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly by Oct. 10, 2007. Those not wishing to appear are invited to submit a written brief to the Office of the Clerk by Oct. 26, 2007. Briefs may be submitted by mail to: Office of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, N.B., E3B 5H1; fax: 506-453-7154; or e-mail, leg-consultations@gnb.ca.

Copies of the bill can be obtained online at http://www.gnb.ca/legis, or by contacting the Office of the Clerk at 506-453-2506.


MEDIA CONTACT: Shayne Davies, clerk assistant, Legislative Assembly, 506-453-2506.