Canadian Payroll Reporter

June 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 www.payroll-reporter.com June 2019 Alberta, Ontario focus on payroll Provinces pledge to reduce red tape, undo employment standards amendments BY SHEILA BRAWN PAYROLL ISSUES are on the minds of government policymakers in at least two provinces. In Alberta, a newly elected government has pledged to undo a number of the previ- ous government's payroll-related employ- ment standards amendments. In Ontario, the government is proposing to work with the Canadian Payroll Asso- ciation (CPA) and other employer groups to find ways to reduce payroll-related red tape for businesses. The proposals in both jurisdictions sig- nal that changes may be ahead for payroll professionals. During the recent Alberta election cam- paign, the United Conservative Party (UCP) said it would cut red tape by one-third over its mandate. It also committed to implementing a "one-in/one-out" rule, requiring ministries to identify at least one offsetting regulation for every new regulation they create. The UCP also said one of its first actions in government would be to table legislation see ROUNDUP page 7 PM #40065782 Legislative Roundup Changes in payroll laws and regulations from across Canada see TROUBLE page 6 Credit: Candace Elliott (Reuters) see MINIMUM page 2 News in Brief pg. 4 Proposed class action focuses on vacation and public holiday pay | B.C. launches review of workers' comp | CRA consulting on service improvements Stepping back in time pg. 3 Ontario's Employment Standards Act turns 50 years old Ask an Expert pg. 5 Including overtime pay when calculating vacation pay | When vacation entitlement begins Tackling payroll's problem areas CRA list highlights tricky benefi ts, payments BY SHEILA BRAWN PAYROLL professionals are rule followers. At least, they should be. A critical element of payroll's job is to comply with legislation and regulations governing employee pay and deductions, remittances, as well as reporting income and deductions. Sometimes employee income is not taxed or reported as taxable income. This can lead to Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) penalties. Federal Feds table salary overpayment legislation The federal government has tabled legislation to implement new rules for certain salary overpayments. The amendments are included in Bill C-97, the Budget Imple- mentation Act, 2019, No. 1, which Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled in the House of Commons on April 8. The bill would amend the Canada Pension Plan, Employment Insurance Act, and Income United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney meets with the media in front of the Alberta legislature in Edmonton after being voted in as premier of the province on April 16.

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