No matter where you work, Quebec's Act respecting labour standards, enforced by the Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST), lays out which days off you are entitled to take. Here are some of them.
The Quebec government specifies that employers must allow employees to be absent from work for the purpose of jury duty or to be a witness during a trial — so your employer cannot fire, suspend or discipline you for your absence.
Employers are not required to pay you if you are required to be absent for court. But prospective jurors and witnesses can claim an allowance or compensation for time spent in court.
If your employer penalizes you for a court absence, you can make a complaint with the Tribunal administratif du travail, in addition to taking any appropriate legal action.
The management team for the Old Port's Grande Roue de Montréal took to social media Monday to share team members' condolences for the death of an employee on Christmas Day. The team identified the employee as Riley Jonathan Valcin and called the circumstances of his death a tragic accident.
"We are heartbroken," the social media post reads.
"Our first thoughts go out to Riley, his family, friends and his Grande Roue team who will all miss him greatly."
The management team said Valcin was one of the site's "most senior and respected employees," calling him a "friendly, positive, and helpful person," and a "wonderful colleague."
"Our priority right now," the management team concluded, "is to support the family, friends, and the team in their grieving process."
On Facebook, the company called for respect in the comments section and asked readers to join in expressions of grief and remembrance.
The Grande Roue has been closed since Valcin was injured. It has not released details of the incident, saying in a Saturday press release that it would not comment on the situation pending a police investigation.
On Sunday, the Montreal police told MTL Blog that the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) was handling official communications regarding the incident at the ferris wheel.
MTL Blog has reached out to the CNESST for more information. We'll update this article when we get a response.
The Grande Roue said it will post an update when the ride reopens.
Spokesperson Mathieu Filion confirmed the news to MTL Blog on Sunday — the day after La Grande Roue issued a press release about "a serious accident involving one of the employees" that occurred on December 25.
"Police are investigating and La Grande Roue de Montreal is fully cooperating with the investigation. Pending the investigation we cannot comment on the situation," the press release says. "Our thoughts are with our employee and those near to him."
La Presse reported that the victim was a 22-year-old man who was doing maintenance work on the Ferris wheel at the time of the accident, which it said took place at around 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Montreal police told MTL Blog that the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) is handling media relations for this incident. MTL Blog reached out to CNESST but did not receive an immediate response.
According to La Presse, CNESST is currently on site.
La Grande Roue de Montréal will remain closed until further notice.
In an Instagram post, La Grande Roue said it would inform the public when the attraction reopens. It reminded customers that tickets are valid up to one year from the date they were purchased.
This is a developing story. Check back for more details.
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The number of Montrealers giving up some aspects of "work from home" culture and returning to their workplace at least part of the time has more than doubled since June, according to a new survey by the Montreal Board of Trade in collaboration with Léger.
Montreal Board of Trade President and CEO Michel Leblanc said in a statement that the number of people going back to the office, either full-time or part-time, has climbed from 28% in June, to 47% in August, to 61% in the current survey – which was conducted from October 26 to November 5 of this year.
The results show "once again that the return of workers to the office is underway," Leblanc said. The most recent figures, which include 29% going back full time and 32% a few days a week, are "a very promising advance for the revitalization of downtown Montreal," he said.
The Board of Trade says its main goal with the survey was to discover how managers and employees felt about returning to a shared workspace. The survey focused on managers' and workers' feelings around issues like mental health, the use of the vaccine passport, and going back to working and doing business face-to-face.
The results show that 71% of workers are comfortable with the idea of returning to work in person. And for 62% of those who came back to the grind of regular office life, the possibility of working flexible hours was a big incentive.
At the same time, a majority of respondents – 76%, down from 78% in August and 84% in June – still like working from home.
The impacts of working from home were nonetheless notable, with 40% of people reporting a loss of team spirit and about 29% having trouble maintaining a healthy work/life balance.