Keep up to date with 2020 employment legislated updates for Ontario, Alberta and BC including employment standards, human rights, privacy, and safety.
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Do you have questions about your rights and responsibilities under B.C.’s Human Rights Code? Join in one of the six scheduled virtual townhall sessions with the BC's Human Rights Commissioner, Kasari Govender, to learn about protected grounds, discrimination and human rights in B.C. The sessions will be delivered via Zoom.
For a list of the townhall sessions, including the times and dates and to RSVP, please refer to the Office of the Human Rights Commissioner's website.
On April 6, 2020, a revised Workers Compensation Act comes into force. This rewriting of the Workers Compensation Act makes no changes to British Columbia’s laws concerning workers’ compensation, occupational health and safety, and employers’ assessment premiums. It simply makes the existing laws more accessible. The B.C. Government has reorganized the Act so specific laws are easier to find and modernized the language so the Act is easier to read and understand.
On April 6, the Worksafe BC website will be updated to reflect the revised Act.
Here's a look at the revised Workers Compensation Act that is effective April 6, 2020.
Here's the current Workers Compensation Act that is effective until April 5, 2020.
Effective January 1, 2020, two regulations under the Occupational Health & Safety Act takes effect. The first regulation is Control of Exposure to Biological or Chemical Agents (Reg 883/90), and the second is Designated Substances (Reg 490/09). All businesses must be compliant with these new regulations.
Read more about the new changes here.
Effective January 1, 2020, the Ontario government no longer provides out-of-country healh insurance coverage.
The average base rate for 2020 is maintained at the same level as 2019 and 2018, at 1.55% of employers' assessable payroll.
Read more about the Premium Rate for 2020 here.
Effective January 1, 2020, British Columbia (B.C.) residents are no longer charged MSP premiums.
Read more about the legislation changes.
Employers are required to deduct from their employees EI Premiums from insurable earnings and CPP contributions from pensionable earnings. Employers are also required to contribute an amount equal to the CPP contributions deducted from their employees and pay 1.4 times the amount of the employee's EI premium.
EI Premium Rates and Maximums: Refer to the new rates here.
CPP Contribution Rates, Maximums and Exemptions: Refer to the new rates here.
TD1 is a form used to determine the amount of tax to be deducted from an employee's employment income. These new forms are to be used for wages paid on January 1, 2020 or later.
Get a copy of the 2020 TD1 Federal and Provincial forms here.