EI premiums for 2011 will be limited to 5 cents per $100 of insurable earnings, and 10 cents for subsequent years
The federal government announced today that Employment Insurance ("EI") premiums for 2011 will be limited to 5 cents per $100 of insurable earnings and 10 cents for subsequent years.
The government's new release further states:
The Canada Employment Insurance Financing Board (CEIFB) is required to
set the rate by November 14, 2010. Without today’s limit in place, the
CEIFB would have raised premiums by the full legislative limit of 15
cents. Under the new limit, the employee rate per $100 of insurable
earnings can rise to no higher than $1.78, starting January 1, 2011.
Employers contribute 1.4 times the employee’s premiums. The rate is
different in Quebec than in the rest of Canada because Quebec has
assumed responsibility for maternity and parental benefits.
Maclagan Inc. has published an, "Employee Benefit Reference Guide for Canadian Employers".
Maclagan, which is based in Markham, Ontario, provides employee benefits consulting and insurance brokerage services.
The guide is intended to assist Canadian employers in the review of existing employee benefit programs or the design of new programs. It is a very useful resource in that it reviews, in layman's language, the various components of a typical health and welfare benefits plan.
Mary Picard, a lawyer at Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP, recently presented a paper entitled "Navigating Pension and Benefit Issues on Termination of Employment" at the 8th Annual Pension and Benefits Hot Spots: Essential Updates on Key Legal Issues conference.
The paper addresses, among other topics, Bill 236 (which amends the Ontario Pension Benefits Act), an employer's duty to disclose benefits information, salary continuance issues and payments in lieu of pension accruals.
Lawyer George Waggott and student Mariam Al-Shikarchy, both at Lang Michener in Toronto, have written a paper on "Directors and Officers Liability in the Employment Context" (February 2010). The paper addresses the following topics: read more »
Towers Watson (formerly Watson Wyatt), which offers a variety of professional services inclduing in relation to employee benefits, has released its "Government Benefits Update 2010". It is an annual publication that provides a very useful overview of key government benefits in Canada. The specific benefits covered are: read more »
The maximum pensionable earnings for 2010 under the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) will be $47,200—up from $46,300 in 2009, the Canada Revenue Agency announced today. You can read the media release here.
WorkSafeBC announced today that BC employers’ 2010 average base premium rates will remain the same as the last two years, at $1.56 per $100 of employers’ assessable payroll.
These are the lowest rates in more than 30 years, down from a high of $2.29 in 1996, according to WorkSafeBC.
The news release further stated that:
The average published base premium rate is a composite of rates in 66 individual rate groups, which function as separate mutual insurance pools for B.C.’s industries. Insurance premium rates for B.C.’s 200,000 registered employers are based on the claims cost (or safety) history of their industry and similar employers, and on individual performance.
In 2010, 41 percent of employers will see their base premium rates decrease from 2009, 5 percent will see their base rates remain the same and 54 percent of employers will see their base rates increase. read more »
Effective today, there are some new rules in place for Records of Employment submitted electronically by employers to Services Canada through its online services. You can read about the new rules here.