Canadian Payroll Reporter

October 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 www.payroll-reporter.com October 2018 Canada Federal government consulting on workplace harassment, violence Input is being sought on proposed rules to deal with harassment and violence in federally regulated and parliamentary workplaces. The regulations are related to Bill C-65, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (harassment and violence), the Parliamentary Paying the price for ROE errors Not complying with record of employment rules can be costly, ruling shows BY SHEILA BRAWN RECORDS of employment (ROEs) can be a headache for employers to complete, but submitting them accurately and on time is crucial. Making mistakes or being careless can cause problems not only for individuals claiming employment insurance (EI) bene- fits, but also for employers, as a recent court case shows. A ruling last year by Ontario's Supe- rior Court of Justice, Toronto Small Claims Court, highlights what can happen to em- ployees and employers when the rules for issuing ROEs are ignored. In the case, Lynette Ellis v. Artsmarketing Services Inc., the court ordered the employer to pay $1,000 in "inconvenience damages" for not issuing an ROE within the required time frame. The case centred on whether Ellis quit her job or whether Artsmarketing constructive- ly dismissed her. Ellis had worked for Arts- marketing as a telesales representative from Feb. 7, 2007 to April 1, 2016. For the last eight years of her employment, Ellis worked on campaigns for Mirvish Pro- ductions, selling tickets for various shows. During that time, Artsmarketing had award- ed her high sales achievement certificates. However, about two months into a new Mirvish campaign in early 2016, Artsmar- keting removed her, citing poor sales per- formance. On April 1, her manager verbally told her that the company was terminating her from the campaign. Ellis sued Artsmarketing for $25,000 in damages for wrongful dismissal, harass- ment, and discrimination under Ontario's see ROUNDUP page 7 PM #40065782 Legislative Roundup Changes in payroll laws and regulations from across Canada see ANALYTICS page 6 Credit: ValeStock (Shutterstock) Finding answers in your payroll data Employing a workforce analytics solution can equip staff to yield better results BY MYLES HALLIDAY IMAGINE YOUR typical workday. Do you often find a simple "why" question can turn into hours of investigation? As an example, if someone asked you to report all bonuses or overtime paid out by pay period over the last two years, how long would it take you? see JUDGE page 2 News in Brief pg. 4 Senate report criticizes Phoenix pay system | Feds looking to create Indigenous holiday | Quebec reduces HSF rate for SMBs Comparing rules pg. 3 A look at differences, similarities betweeen U.S.-Canada federal payroll rules Ask an Expert pg. 5 Are employers required to pay for domestic violence leave? |Employer obligations for a T2200

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