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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with: a case where an employee was given the ultimatum to take a demotion or go; a case where an employee used the OHSA’s work refusal provisions to avoid work assignments he did not like; and an inquiry of whether an employer confers a benefit to an employee by paying premiums with respect to an employee assistance program.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with WSIB experience rating changes; changing the term of an employment contract and duress; and, private health services plans.

 

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Tipping is not a city in China, it is now a regulated practice in many provinces

On December 7, 2015 Ontario passed an amendment to its Employment Standards Act to protect employees’ tips from being usurped by business managers and owners. The amendment will come into effect six months after it receives Royal Assent. In most provinces, tips and gratuities are specifically excluded from the definition of “wages” in employment standards laws…

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with Canada Pension Plan contribution rates for 2016; new developments on sexual harassment; and, the Conference Board of Canada projected salary increase.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with holiday parties and the Canada Revenue Agency guides for 2014 T4 filing and taxable benefits and allowances.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with appropriate payroll deductions; Canada Revenue Agency’s tax deduction estimator for TD1s; and, amendments to WHMIS to implement Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Label (GHS).

 

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Year-end payroll checklist for the holidays!

It is that time of the year again when people are starting to think about making their holiday lists.  Organizations who want to stay on the Canada Revenue Agency’s “nice” list and off of the “naughty” list should start ticking off the boxes on a year-end payroll check list as well as preparing for the first payroll of the New Year.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with upcoming changes to Ontario’s employment and labour law; the update to the Canada Revenue Agency form RC18 to calculate automobile benefits; and a 20-year old workplace injury case.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with the recently released T4 slip; the expansion of EI sickness benefits; and, the ‘common employer’ doctrine.

 

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Employee v. contractor

The distinction between employees and contractors is an issue that will not go away. As I have written about in the past, there seems to be a trend toward giving workers the option of being treated as an employee or a contractor, though the reality is that this impacts nothing other than how they are paid.

 

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Payroll calculations: Go automated to save time, stay in compliance

Do any of you still perform manual payroll calculations or do any kind of reporting manually? I hope not. If you still are, it’s a disaster waiting to happen. An automated payroll system will significantly reduce your time and effort, and minimize or eliminate errors. Your payroll will be compliant with federal and provincial requirements, and your record-keeping capabilities will be enhanced.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three of the most popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with employment equity compliance audit; new JHSC certification training; and how to deal with travelling expenses for a friend of an employee.

 

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Three of the most popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three of the most popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with the web access code to file information returns; Alberta’s new salary and severance disclosure; and Ontario’s new safety training standard for working at heights.

 

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Most-viewed articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three most viewed articles on HRinfodesk this week deal with when are employee recognition program taxable; if it is discriminatory to ask about a job candidate’s availability to work certain days; and how the Ontario Superior Court of Justice interpreted the termination clauses of an employment contract.

 

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Land on free parking, expect to pay

In Monopoly, landing on free parking is simply a safe place to land. Many people, however, play under rules which allow anyone landing on free parking to collect the “pot” in the middle of the board. Ca-ching! Free parking at the workplace, however, is rarely a windfall, nor ever really free, yet the cost and value of parking is usually underestimated or overlooked by both employers and employees.

 

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