News in brief: A look at news, facts and figures shaping the world of payroll professionalsOntario’s employment standards claims backlog improving • Majority of Canadians living paycheque to paycheque: CPA • Canadians failing to save for retirement: CPA • Government to expand automated processing for EI claims • Government holding EI rate setting consultations • B.C.’s return to PST must have smooth transition: CFIB • Marginal effective tax rates lowest in B.C.: Study • Payroll earnings increase slightly in June: StatsCan • Average weekly hours worked unchanged for third month: StatsCan09/30/2011|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 09/30/2011 Ontario’s employment standards claims backlog improvingTORONTO — The backlog in Ontario’s employment standards claims should be eliminated by March 2012, according to the province’s Ministry of Labour. “Through our enhanced compliance strategy, we will continue reaching out to employers through a mix of education, outreach and enforcement to help ensure we stem any problems before they arise and enforce the legislation,” said Stephen Grier, acting director of the employment standards program. The ministry established a task force to eliminate a backlog of employment standards claims in 2010 and made program changes in January 2011. Since then the wait time for early resolution — when claims are assigned to an officer — has dropped from 7.1 months to about three days and the backlog has been reduced by more than two-thirds, the ministry said. 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.