Canadian Payroll Reporter - sample

March 2018

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 March 2018 A $15 minimum wage – and beyond British Columbia latest province to legislate signifi cant increase BY SHEILA BRAWN IS A $15-an-hour minimum wage rate contagious? Labour and anti-poverty activists across Canada cer- tainly hope so. With Alberta and Ontario both poised to hike their minimum wage rate to $15 in the coming months, workers' rights advocates in other jurisdictions are pressing for similar wage increases. British Columbia is one jurisdiction where labour and anti-poverty activists have made headway in their push for $15. The province's NDP government recently announced that it would raise B.C.'s mini- mum wage rate — currently at $11.35 an hour — to over $15 by June 2021. To get there, the rate will gradually rise over the next three years, beginning with an increase to $12.65 on June 1. It will go to $13.85 on June 1, 2019, $14.60 on June 1, 2020, and $15.20 on June 1, 2021. "We are taking a balanced approach that will work see ROUNDUP page 7 PM #40065782 Legislative Roundup Changes in payroll laws and regulations from across Canada see CENTRALIZING page 6 Credit: Kevin Light (Reuters) Global diffi culties persist for payroll 'Doing business across borders has hidden complications': Expert BY SHEILA BRAWN WHILE RUNNING a payroll in one country can be difficult, two re- cent surveys shed light on the challenges that face payroll profes- sionals working for global organizations. Not only must they comply with payroll rules in each country where staffers are employed, they must sometimes work with a num- ber of different payroll service providers and contend with issues such as global reporting and language and time zone differences. "Doing business across borders has hidden complications. Leg- islation and regulations can be broadly similar, but there will usu- ally be small differences which can trip up an unwary payroll Manitoba Provincial health and tax levy report due at month's end Employers who pay the provincial Health and Post Secondary Edu- cation Tax Levy must file an annual report with the provincial Fi- nance Department by March 31. The department uses the report to reconcile an employer's an- nual payroll with the tax levy it paid for the year. Along with the annual return, employers must submit a cheque for any amount owing (unless paying online), a copy of the appli- cable T4 and T4A summaries, and a summary of any contributions to an employee profit-sharing plan or an employee trust. They must also include a reconciliation of the difference between see SUGGESTED page 2 Premier John Horgan speaks with a supporter at the front steps of the B.C. legislature in Victoria, on July 18, 2017. The province is raising its minimum wage to $15.20 by 2021. News in Brief pg. 4 Canadian workers less loyal: Survey | Permanent minimum-wage body recommended in B.C. | Workplace highest source of stress: Survey Ask an Expert pg. 5 Tackling pension adjustment errors in T4 box 52 | Regarding sick leave, what is required by law? Getting ready for fl ex time pg. 3 Changes coming to Canada Labour Code, Ontario ESA

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