2018 Federal Budget – What are the implications for Canadian employers?
federal budget

On February 27, 2018, the federal government tabled its 2018–19 budget. The new budget includes several key measures of interest to small and medium businesses. A special edition of Inside PaySource provided insight on a number of these key measures, such as:

  • Introducing the "use it or lose it" Employment Insurance (EI) parental sharing benefit
  • Making the current "EI Working While on Claim" permanent
  • Replacing the Working Income Tax Benefit with the new Canada Workers Benefit
  • Increasing the maximum payment under the Wage Earner Protection Program
  • Improvement retirement benefits (i.e., OAS and CPP)
  • Introducing new Canada Labour Code measures for federally regulated employers, including:
    • Extending parental leave to align with the new EI benefit
    • New domestic violence leave
    • Extended employer record-keeping requirements

For a comprehensive breakdown of how the 2018 federal budget will impact employers across Canada, log in to PaySource and click on the Budget/News tab.

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Registration is now open for the 2018 Ontario Employment Law Conference
Learn The Latest at this year's conference

The 19th annual Ontario Employment Law Conference is fast approaching, and so is the deadline to use the early-bird rate for the conference! Reserve your spot for the 2018 conference before March 31 to ensure you don’t miss out on the discounted rate.

Visit firstreference.com/conference for more details about the 2018 conference.


Everyone has a role to play in minimizing
cybersecurity risks
cyber attack

We recently added policy SPP 8.07 – Cybersecurity to Information Technology PolicyPro® (ITPP), along with several helpful checklists to help you reduce the risk of costly and time-consuming cyber-attacks on your organization.

No organization is immune from cyber-attacks, regardless of industry, size or sophistication of technology. Cyber-incidents such as these are not only costly and disruptive for organizations, but in many cases, board directors and managers can face liability in the aftermath, too. Couple this with the growing number of cyber-attacks, and it is clear that establishing a robust cybersecurity framework is more essential than ever in order to manage risk and ensure directors have met their duty of care obligations.

Please note: This policy has also been added to Finance and Accounting PolicyPro® (GV 1.11 SPP) and Not-for-Profit PolicyPro® (SPP 1.11), so subscribers of these products can also access this important sample policy and the adjoining commentary.


Take the guess work out of stat holidays compliance
stat holiday calendar

Our best practice and compliance guide for stat holidays now covers all 14 jurisdictions of Canada! Statutory Holiday Rules Across Canada provides you with a sample policy that covers statutory holidays and will help you to understand:

  • Which statutory holidays apply to your jurisdiction
  • How to calculate statutory holiday pay for your jurisdiction
  • How—and if—overtime can affect statutory holidays and holiday pay
  • The process to determine whether employees should be given premium pay or a substituted day off for working on a statutory holiday
  • And much more

For a closer look at the guide, click here to view this free sample for more information.


March is Fraud Prevention Month – Are you
at risk of fraudulent activity?

According to the Survey of Fraud Against Businesses from Statistics Canada, more than half of Canadian businesses report that they’ve experienced fraud.

Those organizations with fraud prevention measures in place are twice as likely to stop fraud from occurring or to recover amounts lost to fraud than those without procedures and policies. Finance and Accounting PolicyPro provides detailed sample policies and resource that can help you to prevent and respond promptly to fraud, such as:

  • A policy dedicated to fraud (GV 6.05 SPP)
  • Worksheets to help identify fraud risks, risk factors and possible responses
  • Checklists for physical security, risk assessment and Competition Act compliance

If you’re not a subscriber of FAPP, you can start a free trial today and take the first step toward enhancing your fraud prevention controls.

What’s new in employment law and payroll policies in your jurisdiction?

Subscribers to The Human Resources Advisor™: remember, you can can stay on top of legal changes and access up-to-date answers with the weekly Inside HRA newsletter.

It’s more important than ever to be aware of legal developments that affect your compliance obligations because employment law and payroll policies are undergoing significant changes—across the country.

Inside HRA will point you directly to the current content you need to meet your requirements, as well as updates to helpful resources like our updated employment standards self-audit checklist.

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