Fit to be taxed

Programs to help employees achieve their health goals may result in taxable benefit
By Sheila Brawn
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 02/01/2016

Exercising more, eating better, losing weight and quitting smoking are common New Year’s resolutions. Programs to help workers achieve these goals may have payroll implications for employers and employees.

To attract and retain top workers, some employers offer employment benefits beyond medical/dental plans, group term life insurance and paid parking, and provide programs aimed at helping employees improve their health and wellness. On-site gyms, fitness club memberships and diet and nutrition counselling are common employee perks offered by companies appearing on lists of top-rated employers.