Tag Archives: EI

Taxable benefits – cash or non-cash?

Taxable benefits, with one exception, are only insurable earnings for EI premium purposes where these are provided as cash or near-cash. If taxable benefits are non-cash, the general rule is that no EI premiums are due and there is no … Continue reading

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Today’s EI announcement – lower small business employer premiums

Today the Harper government announced a new tax credit for small business employers. I’m not sure the initial press coverage gave a very clear description of what is being done. First, there will be no actual reduction in the upfront … Continue reading

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What HR needs to know about EI

Payroll primarily experiences Employment Insurance as a series of source deduction and reporting requirements. However, EI is also an employee benefit plan, in much the same way that WCB coverage and employer-sponsored disability plans are other types of employee benefit … 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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Why you shouldn’t give employees payroll advances

For a small employer or a small payroll department, it can be an awkward situation if employees ask for an advance on their wages. In effect, such request is for an informal, short-term employer loan. However, there are also other … Continue reading

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Who Must Report Sales Awards – the Manufacturer or the Employer?

Prizes are a common tool for manufacturers to promote the sale of their products, in both wholesale and retail sales and distribution. So long as these awards are somehow tied to employee performance, they are taxable income which must be … Continue reading

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The risks of treating employees as self-employed contractors

The CBC reported this week that Shaw Communications was found to have broken the federal Canada Labour Code, in relation to two persons who formerly worked at one of its smaller Vancouver business units. The business unit treated the two … Continue reading

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