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Year-end payroll: Make a list and check it twice!

The first snowflakes gently fell from the sky this past weekend in Waterloo, a reminder that the holiday season is fast approaching. In our house we were tuning up the snow blower and writing Christmas lists. It is also that time of the year when organizations should create a year-end payroll checklist and prepare for any tune ups needed for the first payroll of the New Year. We all want to stay on the Canada Revenue Agency’s “nice” list and off of the “naughty” list!

 

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Employers, be careful what you say during pre-employment discussions, it may cost you

The Supreme Court of British Columbia recently decided that misleading or inaccurate statements made by an employer during pre–employment discussions can result in liability for negligent misrepresentation. In the case before the court, an erroneous statement was made by the representative of the Defendant employer during a pre–employment phone conversation. The statement in question was in reference to the Plaintiff’s eligibility for the Defendant’s long–term disability benefits plan. As a result, damages awarded to the Plaintiff for the negligent misrepresentation totalled nearly $100,000.

 

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Don’t make promises you can’t keep (even inadvertent ones) – a good lesson for all BC employers

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The recent decision of the BC Supreme Court in Feldstein v. 364 Northern Development Corporation provides a cautionary tale for well-meaning employers seeking to provide compensation and benefits package details to candidates during the interview process.

 

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FAQ: Do employees in Ontario who take maternity and parental leave for the one year accrue their regular vacation as per their employment contract?

Recently we received a question of whether employees in Ontario who take maternity and parental leave for the one year accrue their regular vacation as per their employment contract. If that were so, the inquirer wanted to know whether it was normal practice to allow those employees to take the accrued vacation right after their leave has ended (i.e., extending their time off).

 

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Register for the 15th Ontario Annual Employment Law Conference

2014 Ontario Employment Law Conference

The 15th Annual Ontario Employment Law Conference, is taking place June 10, 2014, at the Mississauga Convention Centre. This event is hosted by First Reference, with presentations by the lawyers at Stringer LLP experts in the areas of employment and labour law.

 

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Understanding the rights of pregnant employees in Ontario

Pregnant employees or those employees intending to become pregnant, enjoy significant protection under various provincial and federal statutes. This article will explore the protections provided by the Ontario Human Rights Code, Employment Standards Act, and the Employment Insurance Act.

 

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Most-viewed articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three most viewed articles on HRinfodesk this week deal with whether employee referral fees should be included in income, sickness EI benefits for employees on parental leave and positive strategies for employees with arthritis.

 

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Most-viewed articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three most viewed articles in this week’s HRinfodesk newsletter deal with the new EI benefit for parents with critically ill children, constructive dismissal and benefits for workers who work past 65 years of age…

 

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Québec and Ontario sales taxes on group employee benefits

Employee benefits are subject to provincial sales in both Ontario and Québec, at 8 and 9 percent respectively. These sales taxes only apply to coverage provided through group plans so, for example, term life insurance provided to just one individual is not subject to tax. These taxes are separate from the normal HST, GST or QST that apply in these provinces. These taxes apply to both employee and employer payments of premiums for the coverage or benefits supplied.

 

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Conflicting views on engagement?

There are a lot of factors to employee engagement. Some employees need recognition, in the form of pay, benefits, seniority or favour. Others need to feel that they are part of the company and have a stake in its success. Still others need to feel a connection to their work; it must be creative and challenging. Most workers probably need some balance of all these factors. I know I wouldn’t last long in a dull and repetitive environment. But I also would feel unappreciated if I weren’t remunerated appropriately.

 

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