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Canadian Payroll and Employment Law at work®


Features for the Week of November 18, 2019 Text Size: M L XL XXL
Reported News and Articles by Jurisdiction


National
 
2019–2020 payroll rates chart
This chart allows employers and HR and payroll professionals to view information at a glance on Canada/Quebec pension plans, employment insurance, federal/provincial and territorial minimum wage rates, basic personal amounts, workers' compensation premium rates and maximum assessable earnings, among others, for 2019 and 2020 rates. The chart is updated as of November 14, 2019.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 8453]
 
Modernizing privacy laws
In a joint resolution, Information and Privacy Ombudspersons and Commissioners from across Canada are urging their governments to modernize access to information and privacy laws.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45985]
 
Most workers lose interest in job offer if employer refuses to negotiate beyond salary
According to new research, hiring in-demand job candidates often requires sweetening the pot with non-monetary perks.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45986]
 
2020 rates for MP, DB, RRSP, DPSP and TFSA limits and the YMPE
The following are the 2020 limits for money purchase (MP), registered retirement savings plans (RRSP), year’s maximum pensionable earnings (YMPE), deferred profit sharing plans (DPSP), defined benefit plans (DB) and tax free savings accounts (TFSA):
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45987]
 
New CSA Standard proposed for work disability prevention management systems
The CSA Group is set to release a new national Standard on work disability prevention management systems, CSA Z1011, Workplace Disability Management System. They are seeking public feedback by December 8, 2019.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45983]
 
Canada Pension Plan 2020 contribution rates
The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) payroll tax rate for employers and employees is increasing to 5.25% on January 1, 2020.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45984]
 
Labour force survey, October 2019
Following two consecutive months of growth, employment held steady in October. The unemployment rate was unchanged. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 45975]


Alberta
 
Bills affecting fiscal measures and employment law
On October 28, 2019, the Alberta government tabled two Bills that, according to the government, will address the current overspending problem. One of the Bills proposes several legislative changes that will impact labour and employment relations in the province.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45978]


British Columbia
 
More consultations on the proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation
WorkSafeBC is holding public hearings for additional proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45979]
 
Responding to PIPA privacy complaints
The British Columbia Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner has published a guidance document on how to respond to a Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) privacy complaint.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45980]


Manitoba
 
Banning the use of cannabis edibles in public spaces
The province of Manitoba intends to restrict consumption of cannabis edibles by introducing a Bill in the legislature before mid-December to ban the public consumption of recreational cannabis in all its forms.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45981]
 
WCB 2020 average premium rate
The Manitoba Workers Compensation Board is keeping the 2020 average premium rate the same as in 2019.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45982]


New Brunswick
 
Essential service legislation is unconstitutional
The New Brunswick Appeal Court ruling on October 29, 2019, upheld a lower court's ruling that the Essential Services in Nursing Homes Act violates union members' rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and therefore is unconstitutional.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45988]


Newfoundland and Labrador
 
Changes to parental leave
On November 4, 2019, the Newfoundland and Labrador government tabled Bill 8, An Act to Amend the Labour Standards Act to make two key changes to parental leave.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45989]


Ontario
 
Capping public sector wages
On November 8, 2019, the Ontario government gave Bill 124, Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act, 2019 royal assent. The Bill, according to the government, ensures that increases in public sector compensation reflect the fiscal situation of the province.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45543]


Prince Edward Island
 
Amendments to WCB medical cannabis policy
The Prince Edward Island Workers Compensation Board has approved in principle the amendments to the Medical Cannabis (POL-153) policy, and would like to receive feedback on the amendments by December 1, 2019.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45990]
 
Mobile app provides OHSA information to Islanders
The Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island has launched an app to help provide Islanders with better access to workplace health and safety information found under the Occupational Health and Safety Act health and safety topics.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45991]
 
Post-secondary institutions' sexual violence policies
The Prince Edward Island government is inviting the public to provide feedback on proposed regulations to support the Post-Secondary Institutions Sexual Violence Policies Act, which received royal assent in December 2018 and will be proclaimed once the regulations are finalized.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45992]


Saskatchewan
 
Limiting vaping and the use of vaping products
Amendments to The Tobacco Control Act passed third reading unanimously by the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly, allowing the province to move quickly to ensure that the regulation of vaping and vaping products is in line with the existing tobacco legislation.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45993]


Yukon
 
Banning vaping in public spaces and workplaces
The Yukon government tabled Bill 3, Tobacco and Vaping Products Control and Regulation Act on October 7, 2019, to replace the Yukon’s Smoke-Free Places Act with legislation that more generally regulates tobacco and vaping products. It would change how vapes and e-cigarettes are displayed and where they can be smoked.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45994]