Canadian Payroll Reporter - sample

March 2019

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 March 2019 Minimum wage getting a boost British Columbia, Nova Scotia among jurisdictions planning large rate hikes in 2019 BY SHEILA BRAWN WITH CALLS for a $15 minimum wage con- tinuing across Canada, some jurisdictions with much lower rates are opting for higher than normal rate hikes this year. Prince Edward Island will raise its mini- mum wage by $0.70 an hour on April 1 to $12.25, the largest increase in the past decade. Nova Scotia's minimum wage will rise by $0.55 an hour on April 1 to $11.55, the largest increase in almost a decade and much higher than the typical $0.10 to $0.20 raises over the last five years. The rate is scheduled to rise by about $0.55 a year over the next three years. While the increases will not bring mini- mum wage employees in those jurisdictions to the $15 rate that workers' advocates say is a first step for reducing poverty, governments insist that the hikes strike a balance between the needs of workers and the economy. "This increase provides support to those most in need, puts more money into the pock- ets of Islanders and stimulates our provincial see ROUNDUP page 7 PM #40065782 Legislative Roundup Changes in payroll laws and regulations from across Canada see PHOENIX page 6 Credit: V J Matthew (Shutterstock) see YUKON page 2 Halifax workers will soon see the largest provincial minimum wage hike in nearly a decade. News in Brief pg. 4 Federal Court approves EI class action settlement | Automation not hurting headcounts: Survey | HR management trends identifi ed in report Remittance rules pg. 3 Take some time to test your knowledge of the Canada Revenue Agency's payroll regulations Ask an Expert pg. 5 Incorrect address on employees' T4s | Minimum standards for bereavement leave Feds overhauling overpayment rules Changes aimed at systemic errors stemming from administrative, clerical missteps BY SHEILA BRAWN THE FEDERAL Finance Department is proposing new rules for em- ployee repayment of salary overpayments that result from system, administrative, or clerical errors. After having to deal with payroll problems for its own work- ers arising from its Phoenix pay system, the federal government is Federal Government expected to implement new EI benefi t this month The federal government is expected to launch a new employment insurance (EI) parental sharing benefit on March 17. The new measure will provide an extra five weeks of EI parental benefits for parents who agree to share the program's standard 35 weeks of parental benefits, for a total of 40 weeks.

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