The business community supports Pierre Lavoie
ANNIE T. ROUSSEL/JOURNAL
Monday, 18 December 2017 16:35
Monday, 18 December 2017 16:40
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Leave taxes for companies that move their employees, as proposed by Pierre Lavoie, receives support from both patrons and workers.
In order to create an “economy of prevention”, the co-founder of the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie suggests to grant to deduct the contribution to the health services Fund for the companies that put in place initiatives health.
“It could be to provide showers, hire kinesiologists or create yoga lessons “, illustrated Pierre Lavoie in the pages of the Journal on Monday.
The idea, at zero cost to employers, has received the support of the Conseil du patronat du Québec. In a letter to its CEO, Yves-Thomas Dorval, underlines, moreover, that this change could be included in the policy reform work-family on which board a ministerial committee to Quebec.
The government Couillard dream to open the labour Code to add, inter alia, paid sick leave because of family obligations or a week’s holiday.
Retention of the workforce
The Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec also thought that this shift towards an economics of prevention is “desirable”. “It would improve the quality of life at work for employees,” said its CEO, Stéphane Forget.
“In a context of shortage of labour, employers work to retain employees and attract others,” he adds. What kind of benefits can create the conditions to get there.”
Support of the workers
Fun fact, the proposal of Pierre Lavoie is consensus among employers than among employees.
The secretary-general of the Federation of workers and worker du Québec (FTQ) recalls that the contribution to the health services Fund is used, for the time being, to finance the health care system, and to repay the debt of Quebec. “It is a great idea because it would not be fair in the consolidated fund, and we would work on prevention, not just the curative,” said Serge Cadieux.
“But, obviously, it can’t go up to pay for memberships of golf employers”, lance-t-il.
For its part, the office of the minister of Finance, Carlos Leitao, has not wanted to comment on. “In the context of pre-budget consultations, which will be held mainly in January and February, all the groups can submit their proposals to the ministry of Finance”, underlined the press attaché to the minister, Audrey Cloutier.