Canadian Payroll Reporter

August 2018

Focuses on issues of importance to payroll professionals across Canada. It contains news, case studies, profiles and tracks payroll-related legislation to help employers comply with all the rules and regulations governing their organizations.

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Payroll Reporter Can R Can R adian adian a August 2018 Federal Budget implementation bill passes Parliament has passed legislation to implement some of the mea- sures proposed in this year's federal budget. Bill C-74, the Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1, received royal assent on June 21. Among other changes, it amends the Employment Insurance Act to make the EI Working While on Claim Pilot Project rules B.C. fl eshes out proposed payroll tax Business groups cite 'serious fl aws,' urge government to consider alterations BY SHEILA BRAWN EMPLOYERS and payroll professionals in British Columbia need to begin preparing for a brand-new payroll tax. Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, the provincial government plans to levy an employer health tax (EHT). B.C. Finance Minister Carole James proposed the EHT in this year's provincial budget, saying the reve- nue it would generate would help replace money lost when the government eliminates Medical Services Plan (MSP) premiums in 2020. "In order to ensure that we are fiscally respon- sible, we are bringing in an employer health tax, as other provinces have done, that 85 per cent of the businesses in British Columbia will pay nothing to- wards," said James. Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and Newfoundland and Labrador also levy payroll taxes on employers. James said the design elements of B.C.'s EHT are con- sistent with those in other jurisdictions. Last month, the government released an informa- tion bulletin with more details about the tax, includ- ing effective rates, employment income subject to it, remittance rules, and special requirements for chari- ties and non-profit employers. see ROUNDUP page 7 PM #40065782 Legislative Roundup Changes in payroll laws and regulations from across Canada see SOME page 6 Credit: Kevin Light (Reuters) New labour standards legislated in Quebec Amendments aff ect employee pay, work schedules, vacations, leaves BY SHEILA BRAWN EMPLOYERS with Quebec payrolls need to prepare for widespread changes to the province's labour standards rules. In June, Quebec's National Assembly passed Bill 176, An Act to amend the Act respecting labour standards and other legislative provisions to facilitate family-work balance. see LEVY page 2 News in Brief pg. 4 Stopping benefi ts at 65 unconstitutional: Ontario Human Rights Tribunal| Federal union calls for inquiry into Phoenix payroll system New youth rules on the way pg. 3 Alberta, Manitoba aligning legislation with international obligations Ask an Expert pg. 5 Vacation pay for employees returning from unpaid leaves | Including work on a holiday in overtime calculation

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