News in brief: A look at news, facts and figures shaping the world of payroll professionalsCRA announces 2012 maximum earnings • EI program should be simplified: Report • October jobless rate jumps on hefty layoffs • Food services calling for EI freeze • Canadians least likely to bill for time they do not work: Survey12/07/2011|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 12/07/2011 CRA announces 2012 maximum earningsOTTAWA — The maximum pensionable earnings under the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) for 2012 will be $50,100 — up from $48,300 in 2011, according to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The new ceiling was calculated according to a CPP legislated formula that takes into account the growth in average weekly wages and salaries in Canada. Contributors who earn more than $50,100 in 2012 are not required or permitted to make additional contributions to the CPP. The basic exemption amount for 2012 remains $3,500. Individuals who earn less than that amount do not need to contribute to the CPP. The employee and employer contribution rates for 2012 will remain unchanged at 4.95 per cent, and the self-employed contribution rate will remain unchanged at 9.9 per cent. The maximum employer and employee contribution to the plan for 2012 will be $2,306.70, and the maximum self-employed contribution will be $4,613.40. The maximums in 2011 were $2,217.60 and $4,435.20.EI program should be simplified: ReportOTTAWA — To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.