Author Archives: Alan R. McEwen

About Alan R. McEwen

HRIS/Payroll consultant and freelance writer

Time Off for Voting on October 19

I’m sure everyone knows by now that Monday, October 19, 2015, is the date of this year’s federal election. What may not be as well known is the impact this may have on employee hours of work on that day. … Continue reading

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Minimum Wages Increased

Today, October 1, 2015, the minimum wages increased in 5 provinces (AB, SK, MB, ON and NL). To see the new rates in effect, see this posting by Wagepoint. While October 1 is given as the effective date for all … Continue reading

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Using Excel to Balance Year-End

A fundamental payroll responsibility is to ensure that year-end slips are completed with 100% accuracy. It’s hard to imagine how the checking and balancing required to meet this responsibility could be done without mastering Excel fundamentals. Here’s a best practice … Continue reading

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Can there be Weekly Overtime in BC for Straight Time Hours less than 40?

The normal rule is that to qualify for weekly overtime under the BC employment standards, employees have to work more than 40 regular hours. However, that’s not the case when BC employees work on a statutory holiday. When an employee … Continue reading

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Insurable Hours for Time Not Worked

It might seem odd, that while the primary requirement for EI insurable earnings is that they be paid to employees, by contrast insurable hours aren’t always hours actually worked. A good example of this is banked overtime, taken subsequently as … Continue reading

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