Canadian Payroll Reporter

March 2017

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 2017 News in Brief pg. 4 CRA offering payroll podcasts | Feds still struggling with Phoenix | Majority of Canadians feel entitled to workplace health benefi ts Ask an expert pg. 5 Keeping records for probationary workers | Determining source deduction remittance scheduling Avoiding email scams pg. 3 Payroll, human resources departments targeted in recent United States phishing scheme seeking fi nancial, identity information Will payroll's future include ROEs? EI report recommends use of real-time payroll data instead BY SHEILA BRAWN THERE MAY come a day when payroll departments no longer have to complete and submit Records of Employment (ROEs). Instead, Service Canada would use real-time information from employers' payroll systems to determine if an Employment Insurance (EI) claimant was eligible for benefits. That vision may become a reality if the federal government adopts a recommendation made last month in a report by a Parliamentary panel reviewing the quality of service that the EI program provides. The government launched the review last year to find out how EI could better serve Canadians. In the Employment Insurance Service Quality Review panel's report, called Making Citizens Central, the panel recommends that Service Canada work with key stakeholders to co-create a real-time payroll information-sharing solution. see ROUNDUP page 7 PM #40065782 Legislative Roundup Changes in payroll laws and regulations from across Canada see HIKE page 6 Credit: KorArkaR/Shutterstock Campaign for $15 minimum wage continues Alberta lone province to adopt rate BY SHEILA BRAWN WORKERS' RIGHTS activists across Canada are continuing to push for a $15-an-hour minimum wage despite little interest in it so far from provincial governments. Labour unions and anti-poverty activists in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia h ave launched campaigns calling on their governments to raise the minimum wage rate to at least $15. To date, all of the governments have refused to do so or have remained silent on the issue. Manitoba Annual health and tax levy report due March 31 Employers who are required to pay the provincial Health and Post Secondary Education Tax Levy must file a Health and Education Tax Levy Annual Report with the provincial finance department by March 31. The department uses the form to reconcile an employer's annual payroll with the tax levy the employer paid for the year to determine if the employer paid more than was required or did not pay enough. Along with the form and a cheque for any amount owing, employ- ers must submit a copy of T4 and T4A summaries for the preceding tax year, as well as a summary of their contributions to an employee see ROEs page 2

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