Canadian Payroll Reporter

May 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 www.payroll-reporter.com May 2017 Ask an expert pg. 5 Determining overtime pay rates | When do you complete an ROE for salary continuance? | What are the rules regarding CPP/QPP coverage for work outside of Canada? Continuous improvement needed pg. 3 It's important for your company to invest in payroll process overviews in order to remain in compliance E-T4s will be standard delivery method Several payroll-related measures proposed in 2017 federal budget BY SHEILA BRAWN BEGINNING NEXT year, the federal government says it will allow employers to issue T4s to employees electronically without first having to obtain their written consent. The government made the announcement in its 2017 budget, which Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled March 22. The proposal would apply to cur- rent, active employees and would require that em- ployers "have sufficient privacy safeguards in place" before issuing electronic T4s. Currently, employers may only give employees their T4s in an electronic format if the employees first consent to it in writing. Otherwise, employers must provide employees with two paper copies by the end of February each year by delivering them in person or mailing them to the employee's last known address. The budget stated that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) would specify the types of safeguards see ROUNDUP page 4 PM #40065782 Legislative Roundup Changes in payroll laws and regulations from across Canada see PERSONAL page 6 Credit: ImYanis/Shutterstock Provincial budgets to keep payroll busy Documents tabled in B.C., Quebec and Saskatchewan will aff ect workplace BY SHEILA BRAWN WITH PROVINCES and territories across Canada releasing their an- nual budgets this winter and spring, payroll professionals in some jurisdictions will be busy implementing tax and legislative changes this year and next. Here is a look at payroll-related announcements in budgets released up to the end of March: British Columbia: The 2017 British Columbia budget, which Finance Minister Michael de Jong delivered Feb. 21, proposed changes to the province's Medi- cal Services Plan (MSP) that, if implemented, will affect employers Canada CPP amendments now in force Legislation to implement amendments to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) is now law, although it will still be more than a year until rate changes it authorizes occur. Bill C-26, An Act to amend the Canada Pension Plan, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and the Income Tax Act, came into force on March 3. The act gives effect to an agreement in principle that federal and provincial (except Quebec) finance ministers signed last year to increase CPP contribution rates, implement an additional rate for high-income earners, and raise the plan's income replacement level from one-quarter of pensionable earnings to one-third. see MOVE page 2

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