How might disability plan choices impact employees?

For employers considering short or long term disability plans there are a great many decisions to be made about plan design, funding and administration. Should benefits be insured, should employees contribute to the cost of benefits, and, if the employer … Continue reading

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Which Year-End Slip – T4 or T4A?

For most purposes, it’s pretty straightforward which year-end slip has to be completed. While we generally think of year-end reporting requirements in terms of just the T4, there are, however, a variety of other slips which payroll must occasionally use … Continue reading

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Overtime options: averaging and banking

The normal rule is that when employees work overtime, employers have to pay that out in the same pay period as worked. However, in some jurisdictions, there may be other options. Two options that are sometimes available are averaging and … Continue reading

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New CRA guidance on Wage Loss Replacement Plans

Many of you may have noticed the late release of the T4001 Employers’ Guide for 2014. One reason for this might be the expanded guidance the CRA posted on its web site, in the CPP/EI rulings area, on December 17, … Continue reading

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Who decides employee hours of work?

Few things are more contentious than disagreements over employee work schedules. Does the employer have the right to determine how many hours employees will work? Are there thresholds past which employees can’t be made to work, with or without their … Continue reading

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Further QPP rule changes on employee transfers into Quebec

The Canada Pension Plan and its Quebec equivalent, the QPP, have always been broadly similar. For example, until recently contribution rates and maximum annual contributions have been the same under both plans. That changed in 2012, when the Quebec government … Continue reading

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Overtime 101

Recently, I did a piece on stat holiday employment standards, where the emphasis was on the questions that must be asked, rather than the detailed answers to those questions in each jurisdiction. The following applies something of this same approach … Continue reading

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