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Anticipated 2017 salary increases

When anticipated salary freezes by some organizations are taken into account, overall salary increases in 2017 are expected to be even lower, at 2.3 percent, says Mercer’s 2016/2017 Canada Compensation Planning Survey. The study also indicates that while there are few regional differences among employers, organizations in Alberta are projecting salary increases below the national average, partly because 40 percent of energy organizations say they intend to freeze salaries in 2017.

Reasonable expectation of privacy and text messaging

Is there a reasonable expectation of privacy in a text message once it has been sent and received by the intended recipient? The Ontario Court of Appeal recently concluded that there is not. Thereby ruling that text messages seized from a recipient’s phone can be used against the sender in court.

Employment Insurance rate change for 2017

The Actuarial Report on the Employment Insurance Premium Rate was released on September 14, 2016, which confirms that the Employment Insurance (EI) account is on track to balance over the course of its mandated 7-year break-even horizon, with a decrease in the premium rate in 2017. The new rate will be set at $1.63 per $100 of insurable earnings, dropping from the current rate of $1.88 per $100 of insurable earnings in 2016. It should be noted that the annual expected pay-as-you-go-rate, which is the premium rate forecast to cover the expected EI program expenditures for the coming year, is $1.78.


Cristina Lavecchia

Cristina is an editor and researcher at First Reference. She is a licensed paralegal and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree, Political Science major at York University. During Cristina's paralegal and undergraduate studies she studied employment standards, occupational health and safety, and workplace safety and insurance. Read more

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