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Canadian Payroll and Employment Law at work®


Features for the Week of June 18, 2018 Text Size: M L XL XXL
Reported News and Articles by Jurisdiction


National
 
Business and employment dynamics data at the national level, 2016
In 2016, the entry rate for new private-sector employer businesses declined for the third consecutive year, down 0.2 percentage points from 2015 to 12.2 percent. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 44556]
 
Recent changes in the composition of minimum wage workers, first quarter of 2017 to first quarter of 2018
A new Statistics Canada study titled "Recent changes in the composition of minimum wage workers" shows that as minimum wages increased in 2017 and 2018, the composition of the population of minimum wage employees moved away from individuals under the age of 25 and toward older workers. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 44557]
 
Employment Insurance beneficiaries, April 2018
In April, 453,100 people received regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, down 15,900 from March, continuing the downward trend that began in the fall of 2016. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 44558]
 
Construction union wage rate index, May 2018
The construction union wage rate index for Canada rose in May compared with the previous month. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 44559]
 
Consumer price index, May 2018
The consumer price index rose on a year-over-year basis in May, matching the increase in April. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 44560]
 
Bill to legalize marijuana in force October 17, 2018
On June 21, 2018, the federal Cannabis Act received royal assent. The new law will come into force starting October 17, 2018.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 43548]
 
21st edition of Sanofi health care survey
The latest edition (21st) of the Sanofi Canada Healthcare Survey indicates that while 58 percent of surveyed plan members report having at least one chronic disease or condition, plan sponsors believe only 29 percent of their workforces have a chronic condition.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44543]
 
Work from home arrangement great perk but has pitfalls
According to a recent Robert Half International study, job seekers are enticed by work from home options, but are aware of the pitfalls.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44544]
 
Canada Revenue Agency interest rates for the third calendar quarter
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced the prescribed annual interest rates that will apply to any amounts owed to the CRA and to any amounts owed by the CRA to individuals and corporations. These rates will be in effect from July 1, 2018, to September 30, 2018. (In PDF)
by Canada Revenue Agency
View Article  [Article No. 44550]
 
June 10 is Happy Tax Freedom Day 2018
The Fraser Institute recently announced that June 10 is Tax Freedom Day 2018 (although the date varies depending on where you live in Canada). According to the Fraser Institute calculations, from that day onward, employees are finally working for themselves and their families. Moreover, if you had to pay all your taxes up front to different levels of government, you are now in the clear to keep the rest of your earnings until a new year begins. (In PDF)
by The Fraser Institute
View Article  [Article No. 44551]
 
SCC confirms general problem with substance abuse in the workplace may justify random testing
On June 14, 2018, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed an application for leave to appeal, deciding not hear a union's appeal of a key ruling about random drug testing at Suncor Energy's oilsands operations in northeast Alberta. (In PDF)
by Shana French and Lisa Bolton, Sherrard Kuzz LLP
View Article  [Article No. 44552]
 
Non-resident withholding tax
This Canada Revenue Agency document provides insight on whether Canadian payers are required to withhold tax on payments to non-residents. (In PDF)
by Knotia outside author credit: Knotia, EYEP and/or E&Y LLP and/or CPA Canada
View Article  [Article No. 44554]


Alberta
 
New immigrant nominee program
A newer, simpler, faster and more balanced Immigrant Nominee Program (a.k.a. AINP) was recently launched in Alberta on June 14, 2018.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44536]
 
New return to work obligations effective September 1
Effective September 1, 2018, it is even more important for Alberta employers and their workers to know their obligations and responsibilities when an injury happens in light of new return to work requirements.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44537]
 
Creation of a WCB code of rights and conduct
Effective September 1, 2018, the Alberta Workers’ Compensation Board code of rights and conduct comes into force.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44538]
 
WCB compensable vs. assessable earnings: Removing the cap for maximum compensable earnings
Effective September 1, 2018, workers injured on or after September 1, 2018, will be compensated with 90 percent of their net earnings and with no limit. As a result, this change removes the cap for maximum compensable earnings
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44539]
 
WCA funding policy review
The WCB is looking for feedback on proposed updates to its Funding Policy, proposed revisions to Policy 01-01, Part I, and Part II, Applications 1 and 2.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44540]
 
Employment health benefits continuance and WCB
Effective September 1, 2018, and going forward, employers in Alberta are required to continue paying the health benefits of their injured workers under the Workers’ Compensation Act.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44541]


British Columbia
 
Respectful and inclusive work environments for workers in creative sector
British Columbia is taking action to support respectful and inclusive work environments for workers in the creative sector.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44542]


Newfoundland and Labrador
 
Cannabis control legislation
Four pieces of legislation received royal assent on May 31, 2018, setting how Newfoundland and Labrador intends to control and sell cannabis in the province, including allowing the growing of plants at home.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44545]
 
Post-Employment Benefits Eligibility Modification Act
On May 31, 2018, the Newfoundland and Labrador government tabled Bill 25, An Act To Amend The Other Post-Employment Benefits Eligibility Modification Act to end post-employment benefits for non-union workers.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44546]
 
Eliminating severance rules for non-unionized public employees
The Newfoundland and Labrador government is cutting severance and freezing wages for its non-union employees.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44547]
 
Smoke-free Environment Act and smoking cannabis
On May 31, 2018, the Newfoundland and Labrador government gave royal assent to Bill 22, An Act to Amend the Smoke-Free Environment Act, 2005 to amend the Smoke-free Environment Act, 2005 so that it applies to smoking cannabis in public places and enclosed indoor places such as workplaces.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44548]


Ontario
 
HTRO denies absolute right to medical marijuana at workplace
The issues of drug use in the workplace, accommodation of a disability and termination for cause intersected in the recent Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario decision where it was held that there is no absolute right to use medical marijuana in the workplace.
by Ava Z Moradi, JD, Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44549]
 
Flexible paid time off is no substitute for personal emergency leave
In a recent Ontario labour arbitration decision, an arbitrator upheld two grievances filed by a trade union against an employer that refused to allow employees to take personal emergency leave if they had already used all the "floater days" that they were allowed under a collective agreement. (In PDF)
by Maxwell Radway, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
View Article  [Article No. 44553]


Quebec
 
Changes to the tax credit for caregivers
To recognize the involvement of individuals who help care for a relative with a severe impairment and with whom they do not live, a new component will be added to the tax credit for caregivers as of the 2018 taxation year. (In PDF)
by Revenu Quebec
View Article  [Article No. 44555]
 
A law to make life tough for bullies in the construction sector
On June 20, 2018, Quebec's An Act to amend various labour-related legislative provisions (Bill 152) was proclaimed in force mainly to give effect to certain Charbonneau Commission recommendations in legislature related to the construction sector.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44113]