Reminder: Employee Sign-off Required for Benefit Plan Deductions

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As of Jan. 1, 2018 the Alberta Government amended the Employment Standards Legislation. This changed what employers could deduct from employees without written consent. Any new hires must provide sign-off on deductions associated with Employee Benefit Plans. According to

"Employers can only take deductions from an employee’s earnings if the deduction is:

  • required by law, such as federal and provincial tax, contributions to the Canada Pension Plan, Employment Insurance premiums, or a garnishee of the court,
  • authorized by a collective agreement (e.g. union agreements), or
  • authorized in writing by the employee

When they start their job, employees can agree in writing to deductions for:

  • company pension plans
  • dental plans
  • social funds
  • registered retirement savings plans"