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Canadian Payroll and Employment Law at work®


Features for the Week of July 16, 2018 Text Size: M L XL XXL
Reported News and Articles by Jurisdiction


National
 
Support for workers in the steel and aluminum industries
The Government of Canada has supports available to workers and their families who are affected by the June 1, 2018, US decision to impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44587]
 
Job vacancies, first quarter 2018
The number of job vacancies totalled 462,000 in the first quarter, up 75,000 from the first quarter of 2017. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 44594]
 
The entry into and exit out of self-employment in Canada
The study: The Entry into and Exit out of Self-employment and Business Ownership in Canada, distinguishes incorporated self-employment from unincorporated self-employment using a novel matched database, the Canadian Employer–Employee Dynamics Database. It then compares the entry and exit dynamics of the two types of self-employment from 2001 to 2013. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 44595]
 
Pension plans in Canada, as of January 1, 2017
Membership in registered pension plans (RPPs) in Canada totalled 6,262,900 in 2016, up 1,100 members from 2015. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 44596]
 
Wages by occupation, 2017
The average hourly wage paid to full-time payroll employees, excluding overtime pay, tips and incentive and performance pay was $27.60 in 2017—little changed from the previous year. However, there were notable changes across occupations. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 44597]


Alberta
 
Bill 6, Gaming and Liquor Statutes Amendment Act passed
The Gaming and Liquor Statutes Amendment Act, 2018 received royal assent on June 11, 2018, outside of house sitting, to prohibit naming and branding cannabis retailers and products with terms and symbols that have medical connotations such as therapeutic or medicinal, among other amendments.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44449]
 
Bill to implement corporate and personal income tax measures
On June 11, 2018, the Alberta government gave royal assent to the Tax Statutes Amendment Act, 2018 (Bill 17) outside of house sitting, to amend the Alberta Corporate Tax Act and Personal Income Tax Act in order to implement certain budget 2017–2018 measures.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44452]


British Columbia
 
Details on employer health tax released
The British Columbia government has released the fine print on its new employer health tax as it diverts the cost of medical services plan premiums away from individuals.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44585]
 
Proposed technical revisions to the Workers Compensation Act
The British Columbia government has recently proposed changes to the language and numbering of the Workers Compensation Act.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor
View Article  [Article No. 44586]


Manitoba
 
Legislation to implement cannabis framework passed
On June 20, 2018, the Manitoba government proclaimed in force the new legislation to implement the regulatory framework that would set out where and how legal cannabis may be sold, with additional measures to protect young Manitobans and empower municipal decision-making.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44145]


New Brunswick
 
Domestic violence leave regulation
The New Brunswick government has proposed regulations under the Employment Standards Act to provide detailed rules to implement domestic violence, intimate partner violence or sexual violence leave
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44593]


Newfoundland and Labrador
 
Deadline for OH&S re-certification extended
Due to high demand, WorkplaceNL has extended the deadline to complete an occupational health and safety re-certification program.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44592]


Ontario
 
Employer’s unilateral change of bonus provisions unenforceable
The Ontario Superior Court recently awarded 30 months’ notice period and bonus payments in full during that notice period to a long-service employee.
by Ava Z Moradi, JD, Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44588]
 
Prescription drug benefit changes to OHIP+
On June 30, 2018, Christine Elliott, the new Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, announced changes to the OHIP+ program that will focus on only providing benefits to those who do not have existing prescription drug benefits.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44589]
 
Introduction of additional anti-vaping rules suspended
The Ontario government has suspended vaping rules that were to come into force on July 1, 2018, which would have regulated the activity in much the same way as smoking under the Smoke Free Ontario Act.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44590]
 
WSIB 2017 annual report
According to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) 2017 annual report, Ontario’s employers have improved their workplace safety by 1.6 percent compared to last year.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44591]


Prince Edward Island
 
PTSD presumption added to workers’ compensation
An Act to Amend the Workers Compensation Act (Bill 102), was proclaimed in force June 2, 2018, to add a PTSD presumption for personal injury by accident arising out of and in the course of employment in accordance with the Workers' Compensation Act.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44138]


Saskatchewan
 
Cannabis framework passed
After the passing of the Cannabis Control Act, on July 4, 2018, the Saskatchewan government amended the regulations to allow for the ticketing of numerous offences under the Act.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44196]