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Canadian Payroll and Employment Law at work®


Features for the Week of November 19, 2018 Text Size: M L XL XXL
Reported News and Articles by Jurisdiction


National
 
Office holiday parties are on the rise including the budget
According to a survey by OfficeTeam (a Robert Half company), the office holiday party is on the rise again as well as the budget for hosting them.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44836]
 
Canadian companies not watching differences in pay or advancement between genders
A recent report indicates that the majority of Canadian companies are not closely watching differences in pay or advancement between men and women and other key measures of progress.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44837]
 
Employment Insurance coverage survey, 2017
The eligibility rate for receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits was 84.3 percent in 2017, little changed from the previous year. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 44848]
 
Medical marijuana as a medical expense
This CRA document deals with the cost of medical marijuana as eligible costs under the medical expense tax credit. (In PDF)
by Knotia, EYEP and/or E&Y LLP and/or CPA Canada
View Article  [Article No. 44849]
 
Holiday party do’s and don’ts
As the holiday season approaches, it’s time to revisit the law of employer host liability. (In PDF)
by Heather Raymond, Sherrard Kuzz LLP
View Article  [Article No. 44852]
 
Current and 2019 payroll rates chart
This chart allows employers, HR and payroll professionals to view at a glance the Canada/Quebec pension plans, employment insurance, federal/provincial and territorial minimum wage rates, and basic personal amounts, as well as workers' compensation premium rates and maximum assessable earnings, among others, for 2018 and 2019 rates. The chart is updated as of November 16, 2018.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 8453]


British Columbia
 
Is reasonable notice reasonable?
A recent decision of the BC Supreme Court further highlights the potential value of using written employment contracts to determine an employee's notice entitlement upon termination of employment. (In PDF)
by Nicole Toye, Harris & Co. LLP
View Article  [Article No. 44850]
 
Employer health tax passed
On November 8, 2018, the British Columbia government passed Bill 44, Budget Measures Implementation (Employer Health Tax) Act, 2018 to impose a health tax, effective for the 2019 calendar year, on the remuneration paid by employers to or on behalf of employees that report for work in British Columbia.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44788]
 
Bill to protect temporary foreign workers from exploitation
On November 8, 2018, the British Columbia government passed Bill 48, Temporary Foreign Worker Protection Act to protect foreign workers from exploitation and abuse by improving protection for workers and accountability of recruiters and employers.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44810]


Manitoba
 
Free accessible customer service training
The Disabilities Issues Office has made available on its website free online training on how to provide accessible customer service.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44833]
 
AMA compliance framework for customer service standard coming
According to a recent newsletter of the Manitoba Disabilities Issues Office, the Manitoba government is planning to begin reviewing compliance of the Accessibility for Manitobans Act and accessible customer service standard through accessibility audits, beginning in 2019–20.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44834]
 
WCB 2017–18 annual report and five year plan
The Manitoba Workers Compensation Board tabled the 2017–18 Annual Report and Five Year Plan in Legislature on October 10, 2018.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44835]


New Brunswick
 
2019 average premium rate and maximum insurable earnings
The New Brunswick WCB 2019 average assessment rate is increasing for 2019.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44839]


Ontario
 
Changes to ESA regulations in support of Bill 47
On November 7, 2018, the Ontario government published proposed changes to regulations in support of the amendments to the Employment Standards Act introduced by Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44840]
 
Regulatory exemption for police record check process
An amendment to Ontario Regulation 347/18 made under the Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015 sets out a new exemption to the two-stage consent process for criminal record or criminal record and judicial matters checks performed by prescribed police record check providers.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44841]
 
Amendments to WHMIS 2015
The Ontario government has amended the WHMIS Regulation to allow an exception for employers to create WHMIS 2015 compliant labels for WHMIS 1988 products that will continue to be used in the workplace after November 30, 2018.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44842]
 
Deadline approaches for compliance with WHMIS 2015
Organizations and employers in all Canadian jurisdictions are required to comply with the updated WHMIS 2015 regulations by December 1, 2018.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44838]


Prince Edward Island
 
Proposed changes to OHS law and regulations to include workplace harassment
The Prince Edward Island government has tabled proposed legislation to ensure employers establish a policy and measures to prevent workplace harassment.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44398]
 
Proposed changes to WCB presumptive coverage for firefighters
The Prince Edward Island Workers Compensation Board has tabled proposed changes to the Workers Compensation Act to provide presumptive coverage for firefighters with cancer and heart injuries among others.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44680]
 
Policy of WCB principle: Repetitive strain injuries
On October 30, 2018, the Prince Edward Island Workers’ Compensation Board approved in principle amendments to the policy Repetitive Strain Injuries (POL-91).
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44843]
 
WCB 2019 premium average premium rate and MIE
The Workers Compensation Board (WCB) has reduced the average assessment rate for Island employers.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44844]
 
Policy of WCB principle: Arising out of and in the course of employment
On October 30, 2018, the Prince Edward Island Workers’ Compensation Board approved in principle amendments to the policy Arising Out of and in the Course of Employment (POL-71).
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44845]


Quebec
 
Clarification on deadline to file psychological harassment complaints
A recent decision has clarified the new time limit for filing a psychological harassment complaint with the CNESST under the Quebec Act respecting labour standards.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44846]


Yukon
 
First aid record form
The Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board has created an Occupational first aid record form to help employers and first aid attendants comply with their first aid requirement.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44847]