RICHMOND, BC--(Marketwired - Jul 21, 2014) - Sage North America today announced a partnership with Manulife that will support Quebec small businesses to make it easier for them to comply with the new Voluntary Retirement Savings Plan (VRSP) Act that came into effect on July 1. All businesses with five or more employees will be required to offer a workplace savings plan, and Sage has partnered with Manulife to provide an integrated payroll solution.

The integrated payroll solution will offer a streamlined payroll workflow through Sage 50 Accounting-Canadian Edition while simplifying the ongoing administration of Manulife's new VRSP.

"Quebec has complicated tax laws, and government regulations compliance can be difficult for small businesses," said Nancy Harris, Sage North America senior vice president and general manager, Canada. "Partnering with Manulife to offer an integrated payroll solution not only allows Sage to help small businesses comply with mandatory government regulations, but also free up time for them to focus on growth and pursue further business success."

The integrated solution will help small business owners streamline their processes, therefore saving time and reducing redundant data entry through features including:

  • Prefilled VRSP contribution file for each payroll cycle.
  • Prepopulated employee information files created by Sage 50 Accounting-Canadian Edition to ensure accurate information is sent to Manulife to administer employees' records.

"With our unique product features and partnership with Sage, we make implementing and maintaining the plan easy and almost effortless for employers and employees," said Sue Reibel, senior vice president of Manulife Group Benefits and Retirement Solutions.

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