Canadian Payroll Reporter

August 2015

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 August 2015 see LEGISLATIVE ROUNDUP on page 7 PM #40065782 Legislative Roundup Changes in payroll laws and regulations from across Canada News in Brief pg. 4 WorkSafeNB offers new way to report injuries | Average weekly earnings virtually unchanged in April | Federal government consults on CPP Ask an expert pg. 5 Source deduction rules for top-up payments|Taxing employee prizes|Coverage under EI versus QPIP Technology changes impacting payroll: Poll pg. 3 Mobile tech, newer HRMS systems, SaaS are having an affect on the payroll department's workday see NEW page 2 New T4 fi ling penalties next year Rules also apply to other information returns BY SHEILA BRAWN BEGINNING next year, the Canada Rev- enue Agency (CRA) will levy new penalties against businesses that fail to file T4 infor- mation returns over the Internet when they have more than 50 T4 returns to file for a calendar year. The new penalty rules will also apply to more than 20 other information returns, in- cluding NR4s, T4As and T4A-NRs. The amount of the penalty will depend on the number of information returns of one Overtime rules under microscope U.S. proposes new overtime pay thresholds while Canada labour standards reviews could lead to new rules in some provinces BY SHEILA BRAWN MILLIONS MORE workers in the United States may soon be eli- gible for overtime pay. And if workers' rights advocates in Canada have their way, overtime rules may change here, too. The United States Department of Labor is proposing to update regulations governing which executive, administrative and profes- sional employees (often called "white-collar" workers) are entitled see ONTARIO on page 6 Canada Federal budget bill passes Legislation implementing some of the payroll-related measures proposed in this year's budget has passed. On June 23, Bill C-59, the Economic Action Plan 2015 Act, No. 1, received royal assent. It contains a number of payroll-related changes including regulatory amendments that will create a quar- terly remitter category for new employers next year. To qualify, an employer's average monthly withholding amount must be less than $1,000 and the employer must have a perfect compliance record with the Canada Revenue Agency over the previous 12 months. The bill also amends the Employment Insurance Act to extend MOBILE TIPPING POINT If you're not on the mobile bandwagon, you soon will be — more than six in 10 organizations already use or are planning to introduce mobile technology. That's up signifi cantly — 15 per cent — from the same survey last year, found Towers Watson. See page 3. Credit: Hadrian/Shutterstock

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