The federally regulated minimum wage

The New Democratic Party has begun releasing its platform for the expected 2015 federal election. Last week, the NDP promised it would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, over the course of its first term should the … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Today’s EI announcement – lower small business employer premiums

Today the Harper government announced a new tax credit for small business employers. I’m not sure the initial press coverage gave a very clear description of what is being done. First, there will be no actual reduction in the upfront … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

What’s needed for a career in payroll

Three attributes employers often seek in payroll staff are: work experience in payroll, certification by the Canadian Payroll Association and knowledge of the HRIS or payroll system used by that employer. While these are understandable, I am not sure they … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

What HR needs to know about EI

Payroll primarily experiences Employment Insurance as a series of source deduction and reporting requirements. However, EI is also an employee benefit plan, in much the same way that WCB coverage and employer-sponsored disability plans are other types of employee benefit … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

EI allocation rules for ROE reporting

The Record of Employment (ROE) is the document Service Canada uses to determine whether claimants will get EI benefits, the weekly rate for any such benefits and for how many weeks claimants may be paid regular EI benefits. Correctly completing … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Online payroll calculators

One of payroll’s fundamental responsibilities is to ensure employees are paid accurately. Such pay can’t be accurate, if the amounts being deducted for income tax, CPP or EI aren’t correct. As a result, checking source deduction accuracy should be part … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

HRIS/Payroll strategic decision making

It’s a given that an HR or payroll system has to satisfy your organization’s requirements. After all, there’s really very little point in continued use of a system that doesn’t meet those needs. But there’s generally more to it than … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment