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Pay equity cheques will soon be in the mail; CRA announces relief for businesses affected by Alberta floods
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/14/2013

Pay equity cheques will soon be in the mail

OTTAWA — The 30-year battle over pay equity at Canada Post has come to an end, and cheques will be in the mail starting in August. The Crown corporation said it was “pleased” to have reached a memorandum of agreement with the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) in accordance with a 2005 Canadian Human Rights Tribunal pay equity ruling that was confirmed by the Supreme Court of Canada in November 2011. The agreement is consistent with other public sector pay equity agreements, said Canada Post, and provides the corporation with the “certainty and clarity required to begin proceeding with payments to eligible employees.” Published reports say the ruling will impact about 30,000 employees and cost Canada Post in the neighbourhood of $250 million.

CRA announces relief for businesses affected by Alberta floods

CALGARY — Businesses and taxpayers affected by flooding in Alberta have been given an extension to file returns by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Gail Shea, minister of national revenue, said the deadline for all federal business and other returns that were due during the flooding has been pushed back to Aug. 2. A federal business return filed by that date will be considered to be filed on time. Businesses are reminded that taxpayer relief provisions are also available for those who are unable to meet their tax obligations due to the flooding. For this situation, CRA is offering to expedite taxpayer relief requests through its business enquiries line at (800) 959-5525 or its general enquiries line at (800) 959-8281.

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