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Payroll Administration

WorkSafeBC average base premium rates to remain at $1.56 in 2010

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

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 »

New rules for Records of Employment submitted electronically by employers

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.

"Attendance Management Guide"

Law firm Hicks Morley has published a comprehensive "Attendance Management Guide" that addresses the range of legal issues an employer must consider/address when managing attendance problems. 

The Canada Revenue Agency's "Employers Guide - Payroll Deductions and Remittances"

The Canada Revenue Agency's "Employers Guide - Payroll Deductions and Remittances" is a very useful resource for payroll adminsitrators. 

Presentation: "The Payroll Process and Privacy Legislation"

I was one of four presenters at conference held today by Lorman Education Services that covered, "The Complete Payroll Process in British Columbia".

My presentation focused on the impact of privacy legislation on the payroll process. A copy of my powerpoint presentation can be viewed below.

Deductions From An Employee's Pay Cheque

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia
Sector: - Health Care

Published in Lawson Lundell LPP Labour and Employment Newsletter (Summer 2005)

The BC Court of Appeal recently confirmed that, pursuant to the BC Employment Standards Act, an employer is prohibited from making unilateral withholdings/deductions from an employee's pay cheque for any purpose, including to recoup a previous overpayment of wages to the employee.

An employer is, however, permitted to make withholdings/deductions from an employee's pay cheque in certain circumstances, including to recover an overpayment of wages, where: (1) the employee consents to the specific withholding/deduction; or (2) a statute or a collective agreement expressly authorizes the employer's action.

If the employer does not have consent or authorization by way of a statute or a collective agreement, it must recover overpayments (or other monies owed) by pursuing a grievance (in a unionized workplace) or bringing a claim in court (in a non unionized workplace).  read more »