Please take note that the summer vacation is from July 23rd 2017 throught August 5th 2017. We will be back to serve you on August 7th 2017. Take note that the office will close on July 20 at 4:30 PM. We take that opportunity to wish you good vacation. Drive safely.
The Government of Québec with the CCQ has introduced new measures to facilitate women’s access to the Construction Industry as of December 12, 2016. By increasing the number of women working on construction sites it will contribute to the fight against prejudices and help to change the mentality. The changes concern the Regulation Respecting the Issuance of Competency Certificates, the Act Respecting Labor Relations, Vocational Training, and Workforce Management in the Construction Industry and the Regulation Respecting the Hiring and Mobility of Employees in the Construction Industry. The 4 new measures will meet the commitments made by the CCQ in the Women’s Equity Access Program in the Construction Industry. The CCQ aims to increase the share of the women workforce on construction sites in Quebec to 3% by 2018. A support service for the integration of women in the construction industry was set up by the CCQ last July. We invite you to consult the program to get the information; In addition other services are offered in the event of discrimination or harassment. Do not hesitate to request the information concerning your rights and actions that can be taken.
An air of enthusiasm reigned as the 28 mentees and mentors participating in the APECQ mentorship program called “Programme de mentorat de l’APECQ. La construction de demain, met for the first time on October 15, 2016. The new program, addressed to women professionals and contractors working in the construction industry, began with training on mentorship principated in a series of “speed meetings”that enabled them to identify their preferences for the pairings. For more information visit the CCQ Web site.
On September 24, the arbitrator François Hamelin rended an important decision regarding the overtime payment. The decision was to pay time and a half for the first overtime hour and it shall take effect 60 days of the decision. subject to an agreement between the ACQ and the Alliance Trade union. ACQ met the Alliance Trade union on November 2nd and it agreed that the arbitration decision shall take effect Wednesday, November 23rd 2016. Note that this decision provides that the first additional hour per week will be paid at time and a half and the double rate will apply only from the second hour of overtime. In addition, the arbitrator also provides for certain exclusions to this general rules:
- General holidays
- The ground work (shut down) in heavy industry throughout Quebec
- The elevator mechanic trade
- The erector-mechanic (glazier) assigned to maintenance, repair and renovation
- Work on remote job sites and on the Bay James territory
- Installers of security systems allocated for repair and maintenance work working more than 40 hours per week or 9 hours per day
Indeed, the arbitration decision stipulates that the first additional hour per week will be paid at time and a half does not apply to such exclusions or because these trades or work duties already contain a special rules granting them overtime at time and a half or because they have a special rules giving them extra time to double time from the first hour worked.