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Canadian Payroll and Employment Law at work®


Features for the Week of December 10, 2018 Text Size: M L XL XXL
Reported News and Articles by Jurisdiction


National
 
Labour force survey, November 2018
Employment rose by 94,000 in November, driven by gains in full-time work. The unemployment rate decreased 0.2 percentage points to 5.6 percent, the lowest since comparable data became available in 1976. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 44957]
 
Current and 2019 payroll rates chart
This chart allows employers and HR and payroll professionals to view at a glance the Canada/Quebec pension plans, employment insurance, federal/provincial and territorial minimum wage rates, basic personal amounts, workers compensation premium rates and maximum assessable earnings, among others, for 2018 and 2019 rates. The chart is updated as of December 10, 2018.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 8453]
 
Fishing ROEs
Effective November 18, 2018, fishing ROEs can be submitted electronically using ROE Web.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44936]
 
Suncor proceeds with random drug and alcohol testing
On November 29, 2018, Suncor announced that it has made an agreement with Unifor, which represents its Fort McMurray employees, that allows it to proceed with random alcohol and drug testing for all safety-sensitive positions.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44937]
 
More and more workers want to work remotely
According to an article written by Karla Jo Helms, CEO of JoTo PR, at the Benefits and Pensions Monitor website on November 30, 2018, a happy workforce and successful business includes allowing employees to work remotely from home.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44938]
 
Employment insurance pilot project for seasonal workers
On November 2, 2018, the federal government registered the employment insurance pilot project that provides eligible seasonal workers with up to five more weeks of employment insurance benefits in seasonal industries in 13 regions throughout Canada.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44672]


Alberta
 
Steps to ban mandatory high heels in the workplace
The Alberta government has taken steps to amend the Occupational Health and Safety Code to ensure employees will be able to wear shoes that put safety over style.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44934]
 
WCB 2019 premium rate and MIE
The Alberta Workers Compensation Board's average premium rate is increasing in 2019.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44935]


British Columbia
 
Human Rights Commission is back
On November 27, 2018, the British Columbia government gave royal assent to legislation to amend the Human Rights Code to bring back the Human Rights Commission, among other things.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 43767]
 
Fair workplace legislation in the health and social care sectors
The British Columbia government gave royal assent to Bill 47, the Health Sector Statutes Repeal Act, which aims to improve working conditions for health and social-sector employees.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44865]


New Brunswick
 
Amendment to workers’ compensation system
On November 28, 2018, the New Brunswick government tabled proposed legislation to address the recommendations from the Report of the Task Force on WorkSafeNB.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44939]
 
Pay equity for the private sector
The New Brunswick government tabled Bill 4, An Act to Amend the Pay Equity Act, 2009 on November 28, 2018, to extend pay equity legislation to the private sector.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44940]
 
Minimum wage increase on April 1, 2019
The New Brunswick government tabled Bill 5, An Act to Amend the Employment Standards Act on November 28, 2018, to increase the minimum wage.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44941]


Newfoundland and Labrador
 
Workers to qualify for WCB PTSD coverage
On November 6, 2018, the Newfoundland and Labrador government tabled proposed legislation to allow employees diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after suffering a traumatic event at work to presumptively qualify for workers' compensation coverage.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44942]
 
Discounted WCB 2019 assessment rates
Effective January 1, 2019, WorkplaceNL is applying a $0.21 discount to its average assessment rate.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44943]


Northwest Territories
 
WCB 2019 employer assessment rates
The Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut has announced the 2019 employer assessment rates.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44944]


Nunavut
 
WCB 2019 employer assessment rates
The Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut has announced the 2019 employer assessment rates.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44945]


Ontario
 
WSIB investigating food delivery apps
A CBC Marketplace investigation has found that workers who deliver food through apps such as Uber Eats, SkipTheDishes and Foodora are eligible for workers’ compensation if injured, depending on the province they work in and which app they deliver for.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44946]


Quebec
 
Indexing of the parameters of the personal income tax system and certain government fees
The Ministère des Finances du Québec announced a 1.71% indexing rate, which will apply as of January 1, 2019, with regard to parameters of the personal income tax system, last resort financial assistance benefits and certain government rates. (In PDF)
by Revenu Quebec
View Article  [Article No. 44932]
 
Update on economic and financial situation
The Quebec government has provided a fall economic update to announce concrete actions for putting money back in the pockets of Quebec families and seniors. In response to its commitment to improve financial support for families and seniors, the new government is implementing measures that will give them back $1.7 billion over the next five years. (In PDF)
by Finances Quebec
View Article  [Article No. 44933]


Saskatchewan
 
Incremental increase to the minimum wage
On November 15, 2016, the Saskatchewan government tabled Bill 611, the Saskatchewan Employment (Incremental Increase to the Minimum Wage) Amendment Act, 2018 to increase the minimum wage by 2022
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44947]
 
WCB presumptive coverage expanded for firefighters
On December 4, 2018, the Saskatchewan government tabled amendments to include six new cancers for presumptive coverage under the Workers’ Compensation Act, 2013.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr LLB., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 44948]