Canadian Payroll Reporter

July 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 July 2018 Alberta New youth hiring rules planned The Alberta government is preparing to implement new require- ments for employers hiring employees under 18 years old. The changes are part of Employment Standards Code amendments passed last year. With the amendments, the minimum working age will rise from 12 years to 13 years, although children under 13 will be allowed to An 'incomprehensible failure' Auditor general's report on troubled Phoenix pay system o ers lessons for all BY SHEILA BRAWN "THE PHOENIX project was an incomprehensible failure of project management and project over- sight." "B efore implementing Phoenix, Phoenix execu- tives did not ensure that it could properly process pay. When the system was put in place, it could not perform some critical pay functions, such as pro- cessing requests for retroactive pay." "The department knew about many of these criti- cal weaknesses before implementing the Phoenix system. In our opinion, these weaknesses were se- rious enough that the system should not have been implemented." These comments come from a recently released report by Canada's auditor general Michael Fergu- son, describing how the federal government failed to properly manage its plan to implement a new pay system for its 290,000 employees. It is his second report on the troubled Phoenix project, which the government began in 2009 and implemented in two waves in 2016. The report is critical of decisions taken by the project's executives, saying: "The Phoenix pay sys- tem is less efficient and less cost-effective than the see ROUNDUP page 7 PM #40065782 Legislative Roundup Changes in payroll laws and regulations from across Canada see ESA page 6 Credit: Marc Bruxelle (Shutterstock) Ontario holiday pay goes back to the future Province temporarily reverts back to previous public holiday pay formula BY SHEILA BRAWN AS OF July 1, it is déjà vu for Ontario payroll professionals when it comes to calculating public holiday pay. From July 1 until the end of 2019, the Ontario Ministry of Labour is temporarily reverting to the public holiday pay formula in place before Jan. 1, while it reviews the province's public holiday pay system. see CONSULTATION page 2 News in Brief pg. 4 ADP Canada named Senate's payroll provider| Revenu Québec alters salary overpayment policy | CNESST maintains average assessment rate Breaking down obscure terms pg. 3 Payroll terminology may seem similar, but differences are major Ask an Expert pg. 5 Do new hires on three months probation get paid for statutory holidays for which they do not work?

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