Legislative roundup: Changes in payroll laws and regulations from across Canada

Alberta's minimum wage to increase • Employment standards enforcement ramped up • Saskatchewan's minimum wage going up • Manitoba's minimum wage going up • QPIP premiums to increase

Alberta

Minimum wage to increase

Starting Sept. 1, the general minimum wage rate in Alberta will rise from $8.80 per hour to $9.40. The province is also implementing a specific minimum wage rate for employees who serve liquor as part of their regular job. Beginning Sept. 1, a minimum wage of $9.05 per hour applies to liquor servers. The minimum wage for many salespersons will increase from $352 per week to $376.

Employment standards enforcement ramped up

Alberta is ramping up efforts to improve fairness in the workplace with a combination of better enforcement and education. To respond to more complaints and expedite investigations, six new employment standards officers are being hired and the use of third-party auditors will increase, said the government.

Saskatchewan

Minimum wage going up

The minimum wage rate in Saskatchewan will increase from $9.25 per hour to $9.50 starting Sept. 1.

Manitoba

Minimum wage going up

Manitoba’s minimum wage rate will rise from $9.50 per hour to $10 starting Oct. 1.

Quebec

QPIP premiums to increase

The Conseil de gestion (management board) of the Parental Insurance Plan has announced the Quebec Parental Insurance Plan rates for 2012. Effective Jan. 1, 2012, rates will be set at 0.559 per cent for salaried workers, 0.782 per cent for employers and 0.993 per cent for self-employed workers. This special adjustment is aimed at reducing the deficit of the Parental Insurance Fund, according to the province’s government. When the deficit is reduced, premium rates will be rolled back to their equilibrium level  to allow collected premiums to ensure annual coverage of the plan’s benefits and costs.

Nova Scotia

Minimum wage increase

Nova Scotia’s minimum wage rates will be going up Oct. 1. The general minimum wage rate will increase from $9.65 per hour to $10, while the rate for inexperienced workers (those employed less than three months) will go from $9.15 per hour to $9.50.

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