Labour Day Quiz

Happy Labour Day! I hope everyone is enjoying a day of rest and perhaps planning to get out and enjoy some of the fine weather we’re expecting here in Winnipeg today.

Here’s a little Labour Day Quiz I put together. There are no prizes involved here. Have a go at each of the following 12 questions about Labour Day and what the province’s labour legislation means for you. Answers are at the bottom of the page.

1. Labour Day first became a public holiday in Canada in…

a.) 1881

b.) 1894

c.) 1925

2. In 1872, a protest was held in Toronto to demand legislation that would set a limit on how long the work week could be. These protesters wanted…

a.) a 52-hour work week

b.) a 58-hour work week

c.) a 62-hour work week

3. In Ottawa, the 1872 protest was…

a.) called a conspiracy by both the Liberals and the Conservatives, but led to a repeal of some laws against union activity under pressure from left-wing MPs the following year

b.) called a conspiracy by George Brown, the de facto leader of the Liberal Party at the time pending the selection of a new leader, but led to a repeal of some laws against union activity by the Conservatives the following year

c.) called a conspiracy by Conservative prime minister Sir John A. Macdonald, but led to a repeal of some laws against union activity by the Liberals the following year

4. Currently, the minimum wage in Manitoba is…

a.) $8.20 per hour

b.) $8.70 per hour

c.) $8.75 per hour

5. Manitoba’s first minimum wage legislation was introduced…

a.) by Premier T. C. Norris’s government in 1918

b.) by Premier John Bracken’s government in 1924

c.) by Premier Duff Roblin’s government in 1959

6. In Manitoba, employees are legally entitled to…

a.) 2 weeks vacation per year

b.) 3 weeks vacation per year

c.) 4 weeks vacation per year

7. In 2005, Dr. Andrew Sharpe of the Canadian Centre for the Study of Living Standards, one of the country’s leading experts on workforce productivity, made a presentation to the Senate Banking Committee in Ottawa. In his presentation, Sharpe suggested that…

a.) Increasing the annual vacation entitlement and number of public holidays would help improve productivity

b.) Neither increasing nor reducing the annual vacation entitlement or number of public holidays would help improve productivity

c.) Reducing the annual vacation entitlement and number of public holidays would help improve productivity

8. Manitoba’s Employment Standards Code sets the standard hours of work in Manitoba at…

a.) 40 hours per week

b.) 42 hours per week

c.) 50 hours per week

9. In Manitoba, employees must be provided with…

a.) 24 consecutive hours of rest per week

b.) One full calendar day of rest per week

c.) 36 consecutive hours of rest per week

10. In Manitoba, the law requires that…

a.) any employee expected to work more than four hours must receive a break of at least 15 minutes for every four hours worked or portion thereof

b.) employees who are scheduled to work for more than four hours must receive at least five minutes of break time for every 90 minutes of duty time

c.) no employee be required to work for more than five hours without a break

11. An employee who quits his or her job must give the employer…

a.) 1-2 weeks notice, depending on how long they have worked there

b.) 1-4 weeks notice, depending on their occupation

c.) 1-2 weeks notice, depending on which industry they work in

12. In 2006, the average Manitoba employee…

a.) Worked longer hours than his or her British counterpart, but fewer hours than the average American employee

b.) Worked longer hours than the average British or American employee

c.) Worked fewer hours than the average British or American employee

SCROLL DOWN FOR THE ANSWERS

(no cheating!)

The Answers:

1. b.) Labour Day first became a public holiday in Canada in 1894

2. b.) In 1872, a protest was held in Toronto to demand legislation that would set a limit on how long the work week could be. These protesters wanted a 58-hour work week.

3. b.) In Ottawa, the 1872 protest was called a conspiracy by George Brown, the de facto leader of the Liberal Party at the time pending the selection of a new leader, but led to a repeal of some laws against union activity by the Conservatives the following year. (Note that there weren’t really any left-wing MPs at the time due to repressive laws and massive corruption in the electoral system.)

4. c.) Currently, the minimum wage in Manitoba is $8.75 per hour (effective May 1, 2009)

5. a.) Manitoba’s first minimum wage legislation was introduced by Premier T. C. Norris’s government in 1918

6. a.) In Manitoba, employees are legally entitled to two weeks vacation per year (three weeks after five years of employment)

7. a.) In 2005, Dr. Andrew Sharpe of the Canadian Centre for the Study of Living Standards, one of the country’s leading experts on workforce productivity, made a presentation to the Senate Banking Committee in Ottawa. In his presentation, Sharpe suggested that increasing the annual vacation entitlement and the number of public holidays would help improve productivity. The rationale was that this would encourage better use of working time during the rest of the year, and that a less tired workforce is a more productive workforce.

8. a.) Manitoba’s Employment Standards Code sets the standard hours of work in Manitoba at 40 hours per week

9. a.) In Manitoba, employees must be provided with 24 consecutive hours of rest per week

10. c.) In Manitoba, the law requires that no employee be required to work for more than five hours without a break

11. a.) An employee who quits his or her job must give the employer 1-2 weeks notice, depending on how long they have worked there. Specifically, one weeks’ notice during the first year, and two weeks’ notice thereafter.

12. b.) In 2006, the average Manitoba employee (1,716 hours) worked longer hours than the average British (1,670 hours) or American employee (1,705 hours).

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2 Responses to Labour Day Quiz

  1. raj says:

    give the answer also

  2. theviewfromseven says:

    Scroll down to the bottom. You will find the answers there.

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