Canadian Payroll Reporter

December 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 December 2018 Canada Bill C-86 proposes changes to EI benefi ts, pay equity The federal government has tabled legislation to implement mea- sures proposed in this year's budget, including a new employment insurance (EI) parental sharing benefit and proactive pay equity requirements. Getting ready for C/QPP changes Payroll adjustments, communication plans need to be in place BY SHEILA BRAWN IS your workplace ready for the enhanced Canada/Quebec Pension Plan (C/QPP)? On Jan. 1, the federal and Quebec gov- ernments will begin implementing the first phase of changes to the plans that they say will strengthen them for the future. The new measures will gradually increase the plans' retirement benefits from one- quarter of eligible earnings to one third, as well as raise post-retirement benefits and survivor and disability pensions. To pay for the improvements, the govern- ments will gradually increase C/QPP contri- butions in two ways. First, they will add an extra rate, called the first additional contribution rate, to the base rate (meaning 4.95 per cent for CPP and 5.4 per cent for QPP) each year from 2019 to 2023 for earnings up to the yearly maximum pensionable earnings (YMPE). For both plans, the first additional contri- bution rate will be 0.15 per cent in 2019; 0.3 per cent in 2020; 0.5 per cent in 2021; 0.75 per cent in 2022; and one per cent in 2023 see ROUNDUP page 7 PM #40065782 Legislative Roundup Changes in payroll laws and regulations from across Canada see VACATION page 6 Credit: Ellen Xue (Shutterstock) More labour reform en route for Ontario Bill 148 overhaul a ects public holiday pay, employee leaves, minimum wage BY SHEILA BRAWN PAYROLL professionals in Ontario will have to adjust to more em- ployment standards changes if proposed amendments become law. The provincial government has tabled a bill that would repeal a number of amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 that the previous government implemented earlier this year through see SPEND page 2 News in Brief pg. 4 CRA to consult on service improvements | StatCan survey examines impact of cybercrime | P.E.I. minimum wage set to rise Preparing for year-end pg. 3 Tips to help the payroll process run smoothly Ask an Expert pg. 5 New employee needs to provide SIN | Sourcing deductions on Canadian director's fees

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