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Canadian Payroll and Employment Law at work®


Features For The Week of December 11, 2017
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Reported News and Articles by Jurisdiction


National
 
Public consultation on federal cannabis Bill
The federal government has opened its 60-day consultation period with the release of its Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis to shape the Regulation that will support the future Cannabis Act in a range of areas.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44124]
 
Indexation adjustment for personal income tax and benefits amounts
Each year, certain personal income tax and benefit amounts are indexed to inflation using the consumer price index data reported by Statistics Canada, this include increases to tax bracket threshold among other things. (In PDF)
by Knotia, EYEP and/or E&Y LLP and/or CPA Canada
View Article  [Article No. 44125]
 
A look at entry level job vacancies in Canada, 2016
Young people starting their careers may seek jobs that do not require previous experience in order to be employed. What are the opportunities for Canadians looking to enter into the labour market without experience? (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 44126]
 
Labour productivity, hourly compensation and unit labour cost, third quarter 2017
Labour productivity of Canadian businesses fell in the third quarter, after edging down in the second quarter and posting an increase in the first quarter. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 44127]
 
Current and 2018 payroll rates chart
This chart allows employers, HR and payroll professionals to view at a glance the Canada/Quebec pension plan, 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 2017 and upcoming 2018 rates. Note that certain rates are still outstanding, and the chart does not contain any explanations or commentary. The chart is updated as of December 1, 2017.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 8453]


Alberta
 
Employer responsible for unauthorized access by employees
An investigation by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner found that Alberta Health Services contravened the Health Information Act when 49 of its employees accessed and used the health information of a patient.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44121]
 
2018 WCB average premium rate
The Alberta Workers’ Compensation Board has announced the 2018 average premium rate. The average premium rate will remain the same as in 2017.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44122]


Manitoba
 
Speech from the throne
The third session of the 41st Manitoba legislature opened on Tuesday, November 21 with the reading of the speech from the throne. There are no plans in the speech that impact employers or payroll however...
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44123]


Newfoundland and Labrador
 
WCB 2018 average premium rate
Employers in Newfoundland and Labrador will pay less for workers’ compensation coverage next year after WorkplaceNL decreased average assessment rates by 7.8 percent.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44129]
 
Review of mental stress policy, including PTSD underway
Newfoundland and Labrador’s WorkplaceNL (workers’ compensation board) has initiated a review of its mental stress policy (Policy EN-18).
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44130]


Nova Scotia
 
Pension plan asset transfer regulations
On November 29, 2017, the Nova Scotia Department of Finance and Treasury Board introduced new regulations with respect to asset transfers between pension plans that are effective November 28, 2017.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44131]


Ontario
 
Bill 148: How to comply with equal pay equal work provision
Effective, April 1, 2018, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (Bill 148) requires employers to pay...
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44132]
 
Bill 148: How to comply with provisions in force January 1, 2019
This article provides an overview of changes in force in the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (Bill 148) on January 1, 2019, and what employers need to do to be considered in compliance as soon as possible.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44133]
 
Bill 148: How to comply with provisions in force January 1, 2018
This article provides an overview of changes in force in the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (Bill 148) on January 1, 2018, and what employers need to do to be considered in compliance as soon as possible.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44134]
 
A glance at Labour Relations Act requirements under Bill 148 and implementation date
On November 27, 2017, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (Bill 148) received royal assent and is now law. Bill 148 makes significant amendments to the Labour Relations Act. This article provides an overview of changes in force and what employers need to do to be considered in compliance as soon as possible.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44135]
 
Implementation of legislation changing how certain WSIB benefits are indexed and calculated
Each year, the WSIB makes a cost-of-living adjustment to ensure benefit payments to workers and survivors keep pace with inflation. Due to new legislation (Bill 144 and Bill 127) that comes into effect on January 1, 2018, the WSIB will be changing the way they index benefits to increase fairness and simplicity.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44136]


Prince Edward Island
 
Reprisal provisions under ESA
On November 23, 2017, a private’s member Bill 100, An Act to Amend the Employment Standards Act was tabled in legislature to add a new section 36.1 to the Act, which prohibits an employer from taking any reprisal or discriminating against an employee.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44137]
 
PTDS presumption to be added to workers’ compensation
Bill No. 102, An Act to Amend the Workers Compensation Act, a private member’s Bill, was tabled in the Prince Edward Island legislature on November 30, 2017 to add a PTSD presumption for personal injury by accident arising out of and in the course of employment in accordance with the Workers' Compensation Act.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44138]


Quebec
 
Personal income tax system for 2018
The indexing rate for 2018 corresponds to the percentage change in the consumer price index for Quebec and will increase Quebec tax brackets and personal amount.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44139]


Saskatchewan
 
Government cannabis survey results
The Saskatchewan government cannabis survey suggests most respondents want legal recreational marijuana to be regulated in much the same way as alcohol.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44140]


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