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Update of WSIB penalties

Monday, January 15th, 2018

New employer late reporting penalties under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA) came into effect on January 1st.  Employers who take more than 30 days to report an accident to the WSIB will be fined $1,000.  Additional administrative penalties of $250 will continue to be separately applied for incomplete reporting, failing to use an appropriate reporting form, and failing to give the worker a copy of the completed Form 7.

Also as of January 1st, employers who are determined by the WSIB to have engaged in claim suppression may be charged an administrative penalty of $5,000 for each of the first three occurrences, $7,500 for each of the next three occurrences, and $10,000 for each occurrence after that.

Failure to comply with reporting obligations and claim suppression are also offences under the WSIA. If found guilty, individuals may be fined up to $25,000 and/or imprisoned for up to six months for each offence. Corporations are liable to a fine of up to $500,000 for each offence, up from $100,000.  That would be in addition to the penalties mentioned above.

The WSIB has updated five policies to reflect these changes, and they are on the WSIB’s website under the heading “Offences and Penalties, and Employer Accident Reporting (Claims Suppression).”

The maximum fines for an offence under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), including unlawful reprisals, have also increased from $25,000 to $100,000 for an individual or unincorporated business, and from $500,000 to $1.5 million for corporations. The time limit for prosecuting an offence under the OHSA has also changed from one year from the date of the offence, to one year from the date a Ministry of Labour health and safety inspector becomes aware of an alleged offence.

If you have any questions about these changes, please call the Office of the Employer Adviser – OEA (1-800-387-0774)

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New Canadian Tax Proposals

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

On July 18, 2017, the government released proposed tax changes that will have a severe negative impact on all small business owners.

Click here to read an email from Michael Goldberg of Minden Gross LLP which details some of the major issues.

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Coalition for Small Business Tax Fairness

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

There is a coalition of small business entities coming together and this is their first letter addressing the significant tax changes that will impact small businesses in Canada.

Click here to read the letter written by the coalition group.

 

 

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June newsletter

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Our June 2017 newsletter is now available.  Click here to view:  HODGE PODGE JUNE 2017

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December Newsletter

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Our December 2016 newsletter is now available.  Click here to view:  HODGE PODGE DECEMBER 2016

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September Newsletter

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Our September 2016 newsletter is now available.  Click here to view:  HODGE PODGE SEPTEMBER 2016

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BILL 132 – THE SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND HARASSMENT PLAN ACT 2016

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Bill 132 comes into effect September 8, 2016 changing the Occupational Health and Safety Act to encompass various statutes with respect to sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence and related matters in the workforce.

Bill 132 requires an employer work with their health and safety committee or representative to develop procedures to investigate workplace harassment including how incidents are reported, how information is collected and disclosed, and how investigations are conducted.

The procedures need to include:

  • how to report incidents to a person other than the employer or supervisor if the employer or supervisor is the alleged harasser
  • how incidents or complaints will be investigated and dealt with
  • how information including identifying any individuals involved will be disclosed
  • how the alleged harasser will be informed of the results of the investigation and of any corrective action taken

An employer’s policy must be renewed at least annually and provide their workers with appropriate information and instruction on the contents.

Under Bill 132 an employer can be ordered to have an investigation of an incident and report the results of an impartial third party at the employer’s expense.

 

 

 

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June Newsletter

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Our June 2016 newsletter is now available.  Click here to view:  HODGE PODGE JUNE 2016

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Ontario Pension Plan Will Not Apply to Federally Regulated Companies – At Least for Now

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

(Jan. 12, 2015) – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne recently stated her government will not wait to see what changes might be coming to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) over the next few years but will be moving forward with the first phase of its own plan to introduce the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan. According to the premier, companies with 500 or more employees will be first to be required to participate in the ORPP or provide a comparable pension to their employees on January 1, 2017. All employers will be included by 2020.

With the clock now ticking, OTA has received an indication that a key element of the government’s plan and a key concern of OTA — whether the provincial government intended to try and apply the ORPP to federally-regulated companies (not just those that come under provincial jurisdiction) – has been laid to rest for the time being.
AS part of discussions with officials from the office of the Associate Minister of Finance (who has responsibility for the ORPP), OTA was informed there is no “imminent” plan to bring federally-regulated companies into the ORPP.

In its initial discussion documents on the ORPP, the government indicated that federally-regulated employers and employees would not be covered by the ORPP. However, the government’s intentions became less clear when the Premier began making public statements that it was her desire to have the ORPP cover “every worker in Ontario by 2020” and OTA’s requests for clarification were met with equivocation.

“Uncertainty over whether people will have enough to retire on is a legitimate economic issue, so we understand the government’s motivation,”  says OTA president David Bradley. “But it is a complex issue and we’re not sure the ORPP, as structured and the rules around what is a comparable program, is the answer.”

“Regardless of how laudable the government’s intentions are, the province can’t exceed its constitutional jurisdiction,” he said.
While the government is leaving the door open to returning to the issue in the future, Bradley said he could not see how that would be possible. “No one seems to want to open up the Canadian constitution.”

For now, it appears the province is focusing their efforts with the federal government on getting the plan registered and working out the details of the ORPP’s administration.
While OTA continues to call for changes to the ORPP (e.g., additional flexibility through extension of the phase-in periods, lower minimum contribution levels, acceptance of group RRSPs/TFSAs as comparable to the ORPP and some form of relief for older workers who will pay into the plan but will not receive full benefit), provincially-regulated employers and employees are advised to begin preparing for the inevitable.

As it currently stands, starting January 1, 2017, companies with 500 employees or more that do not have comparable registered workplace pension plans, will be required to earmark 0.8 per cent of their payroll towards the ORPP which will be matched by the employee. That percentage will eventually rise to 1.9 per cent in 2020 and will be capped at a combined 3.8 per cent of an employee’s annual salary of up to $90,000. (By comparison, CPP contributions were made on up to $54,900 of earnings last year.) Those working at companies employing between 50 and 499 will begin their phase-in in 2018, with all smaller firms by 2019, and benefits will begin to be paid in 2022.

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REMINDER – Minimum wage increase June 1, 2014

Friday, March 14th, 2014

REMINDER – CHANGE IN MINIMUM WAGE IN ONTARIO JUNE 1, 2014

The minimum wage in Ontario is increasing effective June 1st, 2014.

The new rates are as follows:

General                       $11.00 per hour

Student                        $10.30 per hour

Liquor servers             $9.55 per hour

Homeworkers             $11.28 per hour

This rate increase may also impact employees compensated by commission as their total remuneration for a period must be no less than the minimum wage multiplied by the number of hours worked.

June 1st 2014 is a Sunday.  This may or may not fall at the beginning of a pay period.  If June 1st is not at the beginning of a pay period you may have some hours in this period at the former minimum wage rate and some at the new rate.  You should consider how this will impact your payroll preparation.  You will need to ensure you have the accurate details to property calculate the earnings for the transition pay period.  If you use a payroll provider ensure you understand how you will need to provide this information to them.

You should also consider how the minimum wage increase impacts other employee’s compensation.  For example, does the rate of a supervisor accurately reflect their additional responsibilities over another staff member who is earning minimum wage?  Your entire pay rate scale may need to be adjusted.

For more information, please visit the Ministry of Labour website at http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/es/pubs/guide/minwage.php

 

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