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Employer–Paid Benefits to be Subject to New B.C. Health Tax

The B.C government will be implementing a new employer health tax (EHT) in January 2019.  This tax notice is being implemented as part of the plan to eliminate Medical Services Plan (MSP) premiums. For over a decade British Columbia has been the only province to maintain MSP fees and the move to the EHT plan is part of an effort by the B.C. government to make life more affordable for its residents.  By moving to an EHT plan, families will save as much as $1,800.00 per year and individuals will save as much as $900.00 per year.  As administration of MSP premiums is costly and inefficient the transition...

Alberta Minimum Wage Increase

In 2016, the Alberta Government made a commitment to increase the minimum wage to $15.00. Workers will see an increase in their hourly pay from $13.60 to $15.00 starting October 1st, 2018. This is the third and final pledged hike implemented by Premier Notley’s government to increase minimum wage to $15.00. The new wage increase being in effect will also remove any lower minimum wage brackets for liquor servers and adolescents.  Minimum Wage Rates for 2017-2018 Most employees (general minimum wage) - from $13.60/hour to $15.00/hour Salespersons (including land agents and certain professionals) - from $542.00/week to $598.00/week Domestic employees (living in their employer's home) - from $2,582.00/month...

Ontario New Pay Transparency Legislation

Bill 3 will bring more transparency on the hiring processes for women looking for jobs in the Province of Ontario.  Women will have more information regarding compensation and how it compares to their male counterparts, giving women more negotiating power during the hiring process. The bill is set to become law on January 1st, 2019.  At which point Ontario will: Require all publicly advertised job postings to include a salary rate or range Bar employers from asking a job candidate about their past compensation Prohibit reprisals against employees who discuss or disclose compensation Establish a framework to require larger employers to track and report compensation gaps based on...

Effective Communication and Payroll

Along with mathematical and technical skills, written and oral communication skills are essential to the payroll professional in today’s workplace.  Effective communication enables the payroll department to be legislatively compliant, increase productivity and create good working relationships with other departments within the business.   How is communication used by the payroll professional? It is used as an education tool to gain the support of other departments through communicating legislative requirement and deadlines. It is used to keep employees up to date on changes to payroll and benefits, which in turn typically increases overall morale.   5 ways you can improve communication Consider your audience – who are you...

Alberta Employment Standards Legislation Changes 2018

Bill 17: The Fair and Family-Friendly work place Act came into effect as of January 01st, 2018 in Alberta. As of January 1st a few things have changed Compressed work weeks Overtime Banking Agreements General Holiday Pay Vacations and Vacation pay Termination and Temporary layoff Youth employment Legislated Leaves and Leave Eligibility The compressed weeks as of January 01st will be known as ‘Averaging Agreement’. This requires the support of the majority of affected employees to be in effect. The term of agreement cannot exceed 2 years unless part of a collective Agreement. Overtime rules and banking have also had some changes. The rules regarding overtime hours worked...