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Is one year paid parental leave the new norm?

On Tuesday, August 4 – the same day that Netflix stock hit a record high, the company announced a decision through its blog to provide paid maternity and paternity leave for its employees, up to one year.

 

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Salary increases and temporary foreign workers — are you compliant?

There have been many changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) over the last year, with an emphasis on employer compliance, including respect of actual salaries paid.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with changes to police record check; non-discriminatory explanation for firing; and ROE Web formats.

 

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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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Allocation of settlement funds in wrongful dismissal – between taxable and tax exempt

Damages for wrongful dismissal are intended primarily to compensate the dismissed employee for income lost due to the dismissal. As such, the amount of such compensation, whether as a result of a settlement or a judgment by the court is, prima facie, taxable.

 

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Plastic SIN card to be phased out

In an attempt to save money, protect privacy and prevent identy theft, the Globe and Mail reports, the federal government has introduced plans within budget Bill C-38, to cut the social insurance number (SIN) card.

 

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$450-million EI class-action lawsuit

The federal government is facing a $450-million class-action lawsuit for failing to provide sickness employment Insurance benefits to women already receiving maternity EI benefits while on maternity leave. The aim of the lawsuit is to ensure no other new mother who becomes seriously ill during maternity leave has to fight for sickness benefits.

 

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Reminder: Canada Pension Plan (CPP) benefits and the Post-Retirement Benefit effective January 2012

An earlier First Reference Talks blog post dealt with CPP contribution changes effective January 2012. This post will deal with changes to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) benefits and the Post-Retirement Benefit your employees need to know.

 

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Supplemental Unemployment Benefit (top-up) plan reporting

We set up a Supplemental Unemployment Benefit (SUB) plan in the last year (also known as a top-up plan). How do I report the payments our employees received under the plan in 2011? Before answering this question, let’s clarify a couple of terms…

 

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