Canadian Payroll Reporter

July 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 July 2017 Alberta overhauls rules for workplace Unpaid leaves, holiday pay among legislative alterations BY SHEILA BRAWN THE ALBERTA government is planning to make sweeping changes to its employment standards law next year that will affect payroll administration in the province. In June, the province's legislative assembly passed Bill 17, the Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act. The bill amends many sections in the Employment Standards Code and introduces a number of new un- paid leaves. It also make broad changes to the prov- ince's Labour Relations Code, which covers union- ization and collective agreements. With the exception of changes affecting youth em- ployment, the employment standards amendments will come into force Jan. 1, 2018. "The rules that govern our workplaces haven't been updated since 1988," Labour Minister Chris- tina Gray said when she tabled the bill. "That's nearly three decades with no major changes, just some see ROUNDUP page 4 PM #40065782 Legislative Roundup Changes in payroll laws and regulations from across Canada see VACATION page 6 Credit: Todd Korol/Reuters Summer a stressful season for staff Holidays granting employees time away means payroll has no time to play BY SHEILA BRAWN WHILE VACATIONS are often a time for employees to unwind and relax away from work, vacation administration can create added stress for payroll professionals. How much vacation pay is an employee owed? Is there a deadline for paying it? Which types of earnings are included when calculating vacation pay? These are just some of the questions payroll profession- als must answer to ensure that their employer complies with legislated vacation pay rules. While it is essential that payroll professionals comply with all employment standards vacation requirements, one of the most Alberta Employment standards protections to cover some farm workers Paid, non-family farm workers in Alberta will be covered under more provisions in employment standards law beginning January 1, 2018. In June, the province's legislative assembly passed Bill 17, the Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act. The bill makes wide- ranging changes to the Employment Standards Code and the La- bour Relations Code. While requirements for paying earnings, employee records, unpaid leaves, and terminations already apply to paid, non-family farm workers, the amendments will make them eligible for paid see CHANGES page 2 Ask an expert pg. 5 Which of my workers need to complete a TD1X form? | How do you properly deduct income tax from commission payments? | Are summer students covered for overtime pay? News in brief pg. 3 CRA issues tax updates for Saskatchewan, P.E.I. | Marketing, ad execs against open salary policies: Survey | Special tax measures to aid Quebec fl ood victims

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