Canadian Payroll Reporter

September 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 September 2017 Continuing education vital for payroll Professionals who don't keep up could put employer, job at risk BY SHEILA BRAWN "THE MORE that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." While Dr. Seuss may not have had payroll in mind when he wrote those two sentences in I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!, they sum up the importance of continual learning for payroll professionals. Besides having to understand and comply with numerous laws and regulations that govern payroll, those working in the profession must also learn and adapt to continually evolving technologies. Payroll professionals who do not keep up run the risk of put- ting their employer on the wrong side of compliance and possibly stalling their own career. The Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) sees continuing education as so vital to the profession that it requires its certification holders to obtain a minimum number of continuing professional see ROUNDUP page 7 PM #40065782 Legislative Roundup Changes in payroll laws and regulations from across Canada see LAWS page 6 Credit: sirtravelalot/Shutterstock Amendments spell change for EI, CLC Employers may need to revisit rules on insurance benefi ts, unpaid leaves BY SHEILA BRAWN RECENTLY PASSED amendments to employment insurance (EI) and federal labour standards laws may require some employers to revise their benefit policies. In addition, federally regulated employ- ers will have to adapt to new rules for enforcing labour standards. The changes are part of federal Bill C-44, the Budget Implementa- tion Act, 2017, No. 1, which received royal assent on June 22. At the time of writing, most of the act was not yet in force. The act implements a number of measures proposed in this year's federal budget. In addition to the EI and Canada Labour Code amendments, it includes income tax changes that will permit Canada Average weekly earnings up slightly in May: StatsCan Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $972 in May, up slightly from $970.40 in April, according to Statistics Canada. On a year-over-year basis, weekly earnings were up two per cent from May 2016. Non-farm payroll employees worked an average of 32.7 hours a week in May, up from 32.6 hours in April, but down from 32.8 hours in May 2016. Year-over-year earnings of non-farm payroll employees increased in eight provinces, with Manitoba experiencing the most growth. see MANY page 2 News in Brief pg. 4 Fewer Canadians covered by registered pension plans | 10 charged in alleged benefi ts fraud at TTC | National Payroll Week celebrates profession Ask an Expert pg. 5 Taxable benefi ts from supplier discounts, subsidized cafeterias | Maintaining benefi ts during a mat leave WCB review pg. 3 Panel recommends Alberta employers maintain health benefi ts, reinstate injured workers

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