An act of understanding

Knowing steps from draft legislation to law can help prepare for changes
By Sheila Brawn
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 12/02/2014

Mention Canada’s legislative process and you may get blank stares, a glazed look of boredom or anger at perceived waste or injustice in the country’s legislatures. However, the steps involved in turning an idea (a bill) into a legislated act are a fundamental part of our democracy.

For payroll, legislation is a big part of the job. The Canadian Payroll Association says there are over 190 laws and regulations with which payroll professionals must comply. For those who want to stay on top of legislative and regulatory changes, it is essential to have at least a basic understanding of the legislative process.

Knowing that a bill has been tabled can give you a heads-up that changes may be coming. Knowing where a bill is in the legislative process can give you an idea of when you have to start preparing to implement it.