Canadian Payroll Reporter

October 2016

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 2016 see ONTARIO page 7 PM #40065782 Legislative Roundup Changes in payroll laws and regulations from across Canada News in Brief pg. 4 Feds continue to work on payroll backlog|Court jails employer for not paying wages|Committee recommends ways to close gender wage gap in Ontario Ask an expert pg. 5 Clarifying bonuses for temporary workers|Source deductions on vacation pay for deceased employees Alberta Reminder: Minimum wage rates going up The general minimum wage rate in Alberta will rise from $11.20 an hour to $12.20 on Oct. 1. The rate will now apply to liquor servers since the government is eliminating a separate minimum wage rate for them on Oct. 1. Other minimum wage rates are also going up at the beginning of October. The rate for certain salespersons specified in provincial regulations will rise from $446.00 per week to $486.00. The rate for domestic employees who live in their employer's residence will increase from $2,127 per month to $2,316. Labour Minister Christina Gray says the Alberta government will see NEW on page 6 Credit: Drop of Light/Shutterstock Test yourself pg. 3 Retiring allowances are one of most challenging types of payments employers make to workers. Take our test to fi nd out what you know. When change goes wrong, payroll needs to respond quickly Pay woes for federal civil servants highlight challenges BY SHEILA BRAWN WHILE PAY woes for federal civil servants dealing with a new payroll system have made headlines in recent months, poten- tial payroll problems lurk for any employer making payroll-related changes. "There is a whole bunch of things that can go wrong," says Gilles Champagne, owner and principal consultant of the Mo- saic Advisory Group. Whether an employer is implementing a new in-house payroll system, outsourcing its payroll, switching payroll service pro- viders or moving to a different pay period, change can sometimes lead to problems that cause employers to pay employees in- correctly or not at all. If this happens, payroll professionals have to be ready to not only identify and fix the see PAYROLL page 2 Panel asks for feedback on changes to Ontario laws Review looking at payroll-related issues BY SHEILA BRAWN THE DEADLINE is fast approaching for Ontario employers and payroll professionals who want to provide input on possible chang- es to the province's employment standards and labour relations laws. Special advisors tasked with reviewing the Employment Stan- dards Act, 2000 and Labour Relations Act, 1995, have set Oct. 14 as the final date for submitting comments on options for reform The new Phoenix payroll system for federal workers has had numerous problems in its implementation.

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