Amendments spell change for EI, CLC

Employers may need to revisit rules on insurance benefits, unpaid leaves
By Sheila Brawn
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 09/01/2017

Recently passed amendments to employment insurance (EI) and federal labour standards laws may require some employers to revise their benefit policies. In addition, federally regulated employers will have to adapt to new rules for enforcing labour standards.

The changes are part of federal Bill C-44, the Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1, which received royal assent on June 22. At the time of writing, most of the act was not yet in force.

The act implements a number of measures proposed in this year’s federal budget. In addition to the EI and Canada Labour Code amendments, it includes income tax changes that will permit
employers to deliver T4s to employees electronically without their prior consent and that will eliminate a home relocation loan taxable benefit deduction in 2018.