Author Archives: Alan R. McEwen

About Alan R. McEwen

HRIS/Payroll consultant and freelance writer

Employee Identity – Best Practices

What would you do in this situation? You’re hiring an employee, where a valid driver’s licence is required. The company pays by direct deposit, so the applicant has provided a void cheque. You have asked, but the employee says his … Continue reading

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Book review

Recently, I was given the opportunity to review the just published Touch: Five Factors to Growing and Leading a Human Organization, by Tod Maffin and Mark Blevis. This review has been posted here on the  HRVoice.org web site by the … Continue reading

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Vacations and Overtime

Vacations and Overtime Here’s a quick test of your payroll knowledge – Jake takes Monday as a vacation day. For that day, the employer pays Jake 8 hours at his regular hourly rate. During the remainder of the week, Jake … Continue reading

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Taxable benefits – cash or non-cash?

Taxable benefits, with one exception, are only insurable earnings for EI premium purposes where these are provided as cash or near-cash. If taxable benefits are non-cash, the general rule is that no EI premiums are due and there is no … Continue reading

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How employee benefits impact GST remittances

One of the oft forgotten topics in payroll is the relationship between employee benefits and federal and/or provincial sales taxes, GST, HST and QST. Here we’ll use the single term GST to refer to all three. Most employee benefits have … Continue reading

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How Canadian Employees Spend Their Paycheques

PaySavvy, a Vancouver-based provider of cloud-based HR, time and attendance and payroll software, has created an online tool showing how much employees earn, on average, by jurisdiction and what employees do with this pay, across different types of expenses. What … Continue reading

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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

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