EI rate hikes coming
Ottawa — Employment insurance premiums will have to increase by 35 per cent over the next three years to balance the EI reserve fund, according to a report from the Parliamentary Budget Officer. EI premium rates for employees will increase every year by the maximum allowable amount — 15 cents per $100 of insurable earnings — starting in 2011 to reach $2.33 per $100 of insurable earnings by 2014, projected the study. The current rate is $1.73 per $100. The increase will raise the annual contribution per worker by an average of $535 ($223 paid by the employee and $312 paid by the employer).
Bus company violates employee’s Privacy
Edmonton — Cardinal Coach Lines breached Alberta’s privacy act when it shared information about an employee’s suspension without his consent, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner has ruled. The employee complained Cardinal told other employees and another employer he was suspended and also gave the reason for the suspension. However, the bus company said it didn’t disclose the specific reason for the suspension, only the fact he was suspended, found adjudicator Kerri Ridley. But, Cardinal still breached the Personal Information Protection Act.
Minimum wage rises in Manitoba, P.E.I.
Winnipeg and Charlottetown — Manitoba’s minimum wage will increase by 50 cents to $9.50 an hour on Oct. 1. This increase follows two 25-cent increases in 2009. With this increase to the minimum wage, Manitoba will maintain its position near the middle of Canadian rates. Prince Edward Island will also be increasing its minimum wage in 2010 by 60 cents an hour. The increase will take place in two phases with the first, effective June 1, seeing the rate increase 30 cents to $8.70 an hour. The rate will increase again on Oct. 1 to $9 an hour.