The Employer’s Guide to Canadian Payroll
for 2017 has arrived!
Canadian Payroll Guide

The First Reference Employer's Guide to Canadian Payroll ensures you have a quick reference to the new payroll rates, updated information on year-end processes and filings, and understand the government’s new policies and legal requirements for 2017, including:

  • The reduction in the employment insurance waiting period,
  • The changes to the Canada Pension Plan, and
  • Unique guidance for all provinces and territories

Get your copy of this essential guide today, starting at only $29.95.


Latest CRA forms

Subscribers to PaySource® and The Human Resources Advisor™ (HRA) can access all the updated forms online. If you’re not a subscriber, you can start a free trial today and access the CRA forms right away.

It’s essential for payroll and HR staff to be aware of these changes and use the correct forms, especially with year-end deadlines right around the corner.

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HR and payroll law update

New Brunswick and Nova Scotia: Payroll reporting and record retention

Effective January 1, 2017, amendments to both New Brunswick’s and Nova Scotia’s Employment Standards Acts changed the rules regarding an employer’s ability to provide electronic pay statements, as well as record-keeping and retention requirements.

Our commentary for Payroll reporting and record retention in the Atlantic Edition of HRA has been updated to reflect the new compliance obligations. Log in or click here to take a trial to see the full commentary, including information on payroll reporting and record retention for Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island.


Saskatchewan: Extended compassionate care leave

Employees who need to take time away from work to care for a loved one who has a serious medical condition with a significant risk of death are now eligible to receive up to 28 weeks of job-protected leave in a period of 52 weeks—previously an 8-week leave in a period of 26 weeks.

Further commentary and explanation on Saskatchewan’s extended compassionate care leave—as well as the details for this leave particular to British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba—can be found in the Western Edition of HRA. Log in right away or try the online HR advisor for free here.

Ontario: Ministry of Labour enforcement on the rise

The Ministry of Labour is cracking down on Ontario employers who are not complying with employment standards. Over the past year:

  1. Ministry blitzes discovered employer violations in over 75 percent of workplaces inspected
  2. The number of employer prosecutions have increased by over 40 percent
  3. Employers were fined over 950 times for withholding wages—the highest number to date

HRA for Ontario Employers outlines what you must do to comply with the ministry and avoid costly fines and penalties. Log in now or take a free trial to learn about current legal obligations for basic pay practices, pay equity, payroll obligations, and much more.

All editions of HRA feature comprehensive employment standards and health and safety self-audit checklists that employers can use to review workplace practices and uncover issues before the inspector calls. If the ministry does decide to investigate, you’ll be in a stronger position if you can show that you’ve taken concrete steps to maintain compliance, meet current legal requirements and minimize the risk of violations.

Click the Forms button in HRA to find the checklists.


What HR policies are essential to comply
with legal obligations?

We’re excited to announce our latest whitepaper, Getting Started with the 11 HR Policies Required by Law (Plus 20 More for Due Diligence). Get your copy for free today and find out whether your workplace policy manual includes all of the legally required HR policies for your jurisdiction.

The free whitepaper will give you the information you need to get started developing, updating and implementing the essential policies for current compliance and best practice. The whitepaper also tells you where you can find an expert-prepared sample policy in Human Resources PolicyPro® to save you the time and effort of writing, approving and distributing your policies and procedures.


Accessible HR practices now required
for all employers in Ontario

As of January 1, 2017, all employers in Ontario are required to have in place HR practices, policies and procedures that explicitly consider accessibility issues in workplace recruitment, accommodation, performance management, career development and return-to-work processes in order to meet the employment standards requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

You can find all the information you need to comply with this requirement in the latest version of Accessibility Standards PolicyPro® (ASPP), including sample policies designed to save you time and ensure you remain up to date. Look in Chapter 5 – Standard for Employment for the details.

The latest ASPP update also includes the newest requirements under the Accessible Customer Service Standard, which were revised in July 2016, as well as guidance on preparing your accessibility compliance report for December 31, 2017. Look in Chapter 2 – Standard for Customer Service and Chapter 1 – Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

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A performance review of employee performance reviews

Infographic: Methods and best practices that optimize the employee evaluation process

When done right, performance reviews can boost employee morale, enthusiasm and motivation in the workplace. Unfortunately, statistics show this usually isn’t the case. Many organizations claim employee evaluations are a waste of time, demotivate staff, and in some cases, can even become a compliance risk! View the most effect types of performance reviews here.

Security tip of the month: Implement a clean-desk policy

We recently added Policy 13.10 – Clean Desk to Information Technology PolicyPro® (ITPP). Also known as a clear-desk policy, it requires employees to secure documents, devices or other items that include confidential information while workspaces are unattended.

Implementing this policy can do a lot more than make a positive impression. It can reduce the risk of potential security breaches and violation of privacy laws in the form of theft, fraud, or other forms of misappropriation. Having an effective clean-desk policy is a best practice that can save you time and money and can even reduce the risk of fire and other safety hazards in the workplace. Learn more about this policy by taking a free trial of ITPP.


Top articles from 2016

Below are the five most viewed articles of 2016 on HRinfodesk®, the service that provides the latest employment law news and developments across Canada.

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Related: See the 10 most viewed blog contributions of 2016 for First Reference Talks and Inside Internal Controls.