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Canadian Payroll and Employment Law at work®


Features For The Week of January 15, 2018
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Reported News and Articles by Jurisdiction


National
 
Job vacancies, third quarter 2017
Canadian businesses reported 468,000 job vacancies in the third quarter, up 62,000 from the third quarter of 2016. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 44197]
 
Reporting a supplementary pension benefit
This CRA technical document deals with the correct reporting of a pension benefit paid from an unfunded supplemental plan on a T4A. (In PDF)
by Knotia, EYEP and/or E&Y LLP and/or CPA Canada
View Article  [Article No. 44198]
 
Employment Insurance beneficiaries, November 2017
Regular Employment Insurance (EI) beneficiaries totalled 506,700 in November, down slightly from the previous month. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 44199]


Alberta
 
Mandatory pre-payment for fuel and violence prevention plans
On December 15, 2017, the Alberta government gave royal assent to a Bill that will amend the Occupational Health and Safety Code to make it mandatory for customers to pay for fuel before pumping gas, while also taking mandatory measures to reduce violence at gas stations and convenience stores.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44055]
 
Update: Cannabis legislation
Recently, the Alberta government tabled two pieces of legislation to establish and implement the Alberta Cannabis framework. Both Bills received royal assent on December 15, 2017 and will come into force on proclamation, with exceptions.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44081]
 
Overhaul of workplace health and safety
The Alberta government gave royal assent to an Act to Protect the Health and Well-being of Working Albertans (Bill 30) on December 15, 2017, to make major changes to health and safety in Alberta by overhauling the Occupational Health and Safety Act and amending the Workers’ Compensation Act.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44116]


Federally Regulated
 
More changes to the Canada Labour Code
On December 14, 2017, the federal government gave royal assent to Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2 (Bill C-63), which contains a number of changes to scheduling practices and leaves of absence under the Canada Labour Code. Changes that will impact federally regulated employers.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44068]


Manitoba
 
Legislation to implement cannabis framework passed
On December 1, 2017, the Manitoba government proclaimed in force the new legislation to implement the regulatory framework that would set out where and how legal cannabis may be sold, with additional measures to protect young Manitobans and empower municipal decision-making.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44145]
 
Mandatory review of the Accessibility for Manitobans Act
On January 16, 2018, the Manitoba government announced that Theresa Harvey Pruden has been selected to perform a comprehensive and mandatory review of the Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA).
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44191]
 
Public consultation on Pension Benefits Act review
The Manitoba Pension Commission has reviewed the Pension Benefits Act (PBA) and has submitted its report on the finding and recommendations to the government.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44192]
 
Safety program for self-insured employers
On January 4, 2018, the Manitoba government announced that they are partnering with SAFE Work Manitoba to develop an industry-based safety program (IBSP) for self-insured employers that will facilitate collaboration between a number of Manitoba’s largest employers to identify gaps and support long-term approaches to reducing workplace injuries and illnesses.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44193]


New Brunswick
 
More income tax changes now law
An Act to Amend the New Brunswick Income Tax Act (Bill 23) received royal assent on December 20, 2017 and is now law. The new law modifies the non-eligible dividend tax credit rate for 2018, and again for 2019 and subsequent taxation years.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44092]
 
Pooled registered pension plan law passed
On December 20, 2017, Pooled Registered Pension Plan Act (Bill 22) received royal assent in the New Brunswick Legislature so that New Brunswick can join other provinces in enacting legislation similar to the federal Pooled Registered Pension Plan.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44093]
 
First contract legislation passed
On December 20, 2017, the New Brunswick government gave royal assent to An Act to Amend the Industrial Relations Act (Bill 4) to provide for binding arbitration in the case of a first contract with the intention of promoting fairness and better relationships between workers and employers when they first enter into collective bargaining.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44073]
 
Pension Benefits Act amendments passed
On December 20, 2017, the New Brunswick government gave royal assent to An Act to Amend the Pension Benefits Act (Bill 7) to strip down the pensions of future members of the legislative assembly and move MLAs to a shared-risk system.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44074]


Northwest Territories
 
Current and upcoming minimum wage
The current minimum hourly wage for employees in the Northwest Territories is $12.50 per hour and will increase April 1, 2018, to...
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor at HRinfodesk – Canadian Payroll and Employment Law News
View Article  [Article No. 4342]


Ontario
 
Cannabis smoke-free and road safety legislation
On December 12, 2017, the Ontario government gave royal assent to a Bill which will create the Cannabis Act, 2017 to provide the provincial framework for the upcoming federal Bill C-45, Cannabis Act that will legalize cannabis in Canada in July 1, 2018.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44059]
 
Income tax changes in new budget Bill
Ontario’s the Stronger, Fairer Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017 (Bill 177) to amend the Ontario Taxation Act, 2007 received royal assent on December 14, 2017 and is now in force.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44109]
 
OHSA and WSIA changes in new budget Bill passed
Ontario’s Budget Bill 177 to amend the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act that impact employers and members of the joint health and safety committee including a health and safety representative received royal assent on December 14, 2017.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44111]
 
Description of new funding rules
The Ontario government is holding a public consultation until January 29, 2018, on proposed regulations relating to the new funding framework for defined benefit pension plans.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44194]
 
Regulations regarding the provision of discharge for purchase of annuities
On December 14, 2017, the Ontario government proposed regulatory amendments under the Pension Benefits Act to provide pension plan administrators with a discharge of liabilities in respect of the purchase of annuities for former and retired members of a single employer pension plan.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44195]


Prince Edward Island
 
PTSD presumptionadded to workers’ compensation
An Act to Amend the Workers Compensation Act (Bill 102), a private member’s Bill, received royal assent in the Prince Edward Island legislature on December 20, 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
 
Bill to implement 2017 budget measures passed
On December 7, 2017, the Quebec government gave royal assent to Bill 146 : An Act to give effect mainly to fiscal measures announced in the Budget Speech delivered on March 28, 2017 to amend various Acts to give effect mainly to fiscal measures and in various information bulletins published in 2016 and 2017.
View Article  [Article No. 44112]
 
Current and upcoming minimum wage
There is more than one minimum hourly wage for Quebec employees. The current minimum hourly wages for various employees will increase on May 1, 2018 by 75 cents…
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 4343]


Saskatchewan
 
Proposed cannabis framework
On January 8, 2018, the government of Saskatchewan provided further details on the proposed cannabis framework for their province.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44196]


Yukon
 
PTSD Bill passed
The Yukon government gave Bill No. 8 royal assent to amend the Workers’ Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act to better support and care for Yukon workers who are most at risk from suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 43929]
 
Income tax changes of interest to employers
The Yukon government gave royal assent to Act to Amend the Income Tax Act (2017) (Bill 10) on November 27, 2017 in order to...
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 43965]


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