I attended a presentation yesterday on "Working and Doing Business in Canada: Tax Tips for Immigration Law Practitioners". It was presented by Nupur Rishi - Senior Manager - PwC Law, Global Mobility Services.
Nupar spoke about the personal, payroll and corporate tax considerations that employers must be aware of before sending employees to Canada on work assignments and, as part of this, the misunderstood "183 day" rule.
Non-Profit in compliance with PIPA when it collected written account of employee’s criminal activity
In Redi Enterprises Society, Oorder P2016 -07 (November 30, 2016), the Alberta Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner ruled that a non-profit organization, Redi Enterprises Society, did not breach the Alberta Personal Information Protection Act when it asked its employee to provide a written account of her past criminal conviction. Specifically, the Commissioner ruled:
[para 35] In this case, I find the Organization has provided me with a reasonable explanation for why the information it collects is necessary to manage an employment relationship. I also find the Organization gave sufficient notice to the Complainant of the reason for the collection. The Organization works with vulnerable individuals and seeks to ensure a safe and secure environment for those clients. Further, the Organization seeks the information only to manage the employment relationship. The information is on the employee file and will be treated as confidential. read more »
Supreme Court of Canada to decide if dismissal without cause is automatically "unjust dismissal" under CLC
The Supreme Court of Canada announced today that it had granted leave to appeal in a case concerning whether dismissal without cause is automatically an "unjust dismissal" under the Canada Labour Code.
This issue had divided labour adjudicators appointed under the Canada Labour Code for years until the Federal Court of Canada ruled, definitively, in Atomic Energy of Canada Limited v. Wilson, 2013 FC 733, that dismissals were not automatically "unjust". That decision was upheld by the Federal Court of Appeal in Wilson v. Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, 2015 FCA 17.
Canada's top court will now have the final word. This is that court's summary of the case: read more »
On the same day that Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson called on the City of Vancouver to become a "living wage" employer, the new NDP provincial government in Alberta announced that the general minimum wage in that province will increase to $11.20 from $10.20 per hour effective October 1, 2015.
The Alberta government further noted that these are the "first steps towards a $15 per hour minimum wage by 2018" and Premier Rachel Notley is quoted as follows:
"Alberta's minimum wage is currently the lowest in the country, yet we have one of the highest costs of living. We promised Albertans we would raise minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2018, and we will stick to that promise. We're taking a significant step towards our goal for 2015 and will continue this path in future years.
The June 29, 2015 news release can be found here: Minimum wage going up to $11.20 October 1.