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

Manitoba’s minimum wage increasing • Nova Scotia WCB announces new health and safety incentive program • Quebec construction levy not expected to change

MANITOBA

Reminder: Manitoba’s minimum wage increasing

On Oct. 1, 2012, the minimum wage rate in the Manitoba is increasing from $10 per hour to $10.25.

NOVA SCOTIA

Nova Scotia WCB announces new health and safety incentive program

The Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) in Nova Scotia has approved a new pilot program that will provide rebates on assessment premiums to employers who implement health and safety systems that lower the risk of workplace injuries. The new “Practice Incentive Rebate Program” will apply to employers in the construction and trucking industry beginning in 2013. The WCB will consider expanding the program to more employers in the future.

To be eligible for the rebate, the employer’s health and safety management system must pass a certification audit by a WCB-approved auditor and the employer must not have any compensable fatal claims in the year it qualifies for the rebate or up to the date the board issues the rebate in the following year. In addition, the employer must be in good standing with the board.

For employers with premiums of $10,000 or more, a rebate of 5 per cent of assessment premiums paid in the qualifying year will apply. For employers with premiums of $5,000 or less, the rebate will be 10 per cent. For employers with premiums between $5,001 and $9,999, the rebate will be $500.

For more information on the program, please refer to the WCB’s website: www.wcb.ns.ca/app/DocRepository/5/Policy/PracticeFin.pdf

QUEBEC

Construction levy not expected to change

The levy that the Quebec construction commission imposes on employers and employees in the industry is proposed to remain unchanged for 2013.

In draft regulations published in the Quebec Gazette, part two on July 11, 2012, the Commission de la construction du Québec stated the levy for employers would remain at 0.75 of one per cent of the total remuneration paid to employees. The minimum amount an employer must pay would remain $10 per month.

The amount an employer is required to deduct from employees each week for their levy would also remain 0.75 of one per cent of their earnings.

Employers must send their remittances to the commission each month by the 15th of the following month.

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