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HRMA: "Managing the Mobile Workforce: What You Need to Know Before Arranging an International Assignment"

Jurisdiction: - All - United States
Sector: - All

I will be moderating a panel session at the Human Resources Management Association (HRMA) Tradeshow and Conference on May 2, 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

The topic of the session is, "Managing the Mobile Workforce: What You Need to Know Before Arranging an International Assignment", with a focus on the immigration, tax and employment law issues associated with cross border employment. 

The three panelists are:  read more »

Ontario one step closer to rolling out Ontario Retirement Pension Plan by January 1, 2017

Jurisdiction: - Ontario

The Ontario Ministry of Finance issued the following news release on April 29, 2015 concerning the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan, which is currently scheduled to be rolled out by January 1, 2017:

Bill Strengthening Retirement Security for Millions of Workers Passess in Ontario Legislature

The Ontario Retirement Pension Plan Act, 2015 has been approved by the Ontario Legislature. The Act forms the foundation of the ORPP, which the government will put in place by January 1, 2017.

Ontario has held extensive consultations across the province with business, labour, associations, young workers, pension experts, individuals and families to ensure that the government creates the best plan for the people of Ontario.

Once established, the ORPP will be the first of its kind in Canada, building on key features of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). The ORPP will:  read more »

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.

"Employee Benefit Reference Guide for Canadian Employers"

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.

"Navigating Pension and Benefit Issues on Termination of Employment"

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.

"Directors and Officers Liability in the Employment Context"

Jurisdiction: - Ontario

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 releases "Government Benefits Update 2010" for Canada

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 »

Maximum pensionable earnings under Canada Pension Plan will be $47,200 for 2010

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.