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Is the first Monday in August considered a statutory holiday?

Is the first Monday in August considered a statutory holiday in your jurisdiction? This year, the first Monday is August 4.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with: how an employee’s decision to retrain affected his right to damages after termination, improvements to CRA services for small and medium businesses and union-friendly changes to the certification process included in Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act.

 

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WSIB premiums decrease for first time in 15 years

Ontario’s Workplace Safety & Insurance Board made headlines this month by announcing that employer premiums would decrease an average of 5% in 2017, the first such decrease in over 15 years. This will result in approximately $250 million less being collected from employers, making the average premium rate $2.46 per $100 of insurable payroll, down from $2.59 in 2016.

 

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New minimum wage increase in Ontario

Minimum wage is the lowest wage rate an employer can legally pay their employee. Ontario has one of the highest minimum wage rates; as of October 1st, 2016 Ontario’s minimum wage rate will be increasing. The majority of employees are entitled to minimum wage, including casual employees, full-time and part-time employees, and those paid an hourly rate, piece rate, flat rate, salary, or commission. Although, there are some exemptions from minimum wage provisions of the Employment Standards Act.

 

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Employer risk 101 – Ministry enforcement of the ESA

If you are reading an employment law blog you already know that employers have legal obligations under the Ontario Employment Standards Act. The top five violations for the fiscal year 2014/2015, as compiled by the Ministry of Labour, were with respect to…

 

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First Monday in August a.k.a Civic Holiday: Public holiday or not?

In most parts of Canada, the first Monday of August is recognized as a holiday. This year, the first Monday is August 1. Although most commonly referred to as “Civic Holiday”, the holiday is referred to differently across Canada. The name of the holiday is not the only thing that differs between the provinces and territories, the legal status of the holiday also varies. That is, in some provinces and territories, the first Monday in August is considered a statutory (public) holiday, while in others it is not.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with: An FAQ that addresses an employee harassment complaint; a case that looks at accommodating an employee with a disability; and a notification regarding upcoming minimum wage increases in British Columbia.

 

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The case of the damaged company vehicle: Employer ordered to pay unpaid wages, travel costs, and fee

In the matter of Step Energy Services Ltd. v. Joe Palmer, the employer appealed an Order of an Employment Standards Officer that required the employer to pay $3,397.22 for unpaid wages that the Officer concluded was owing to the employee.

 

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Small claims court rules termination clause that violates ESA in future is unenforceable

This decision is another reminder to employers to ensure that termination clauses provide for all entitlements prescribed by the Employment Standards Act in order for them to be considered valid and enforceable. The company in this case should never have carved out its obligation to provide statutory Severance Pay.

 

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What’s new in Canadian payroll for 2016?

This year there are big changes to income tax thresholds in Alberta and federally (in force January 1, 2016), new source deduction remittance rules, increased minimum wages, a reduced TFSA limit, updated record of employment requirements and other important changes for 2016…

 

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The latest on employer health benefits and services

Last year I dropped the ball on Sanofi-Aventis’ annual health care survey—in fact, it’s still sitting on my desk under a pile of other things! So this year, I’m making it a priority, and getting this brief post on the report to you right away, before I file a more in-depth article for HRinfodesk.

 

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Happy Canada Day everyone! And look out for all the laws coming into force today

First, we at First Reference would like to wish everybody a happy and safe Canada Day! Second, several laws in various jurisdictions are coming into force today. They are…

 

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Happy tax freedom day!

Canadians start working for themselves, not government on Saturday June 5. Celebrate Tax Freedom Day! So what does that mean?

 

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Ontario Ministry of Labour online severance tool

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has a new online Severance Entitlement Tool to help employers and HR professionals determine when a terminated employee is entitled to statutory severance pay.

 

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EI will rise by a lot!

Several media outlets have reported that Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Officer announced a sharp rise in employment insurance rate. This stems from the recently tabled report: Projecting Employment Insurance Premium Revenues and Expenses made available on April 15, 2010…

 

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