Author Archives: Alan R. McEwen

About Alan R. McEwen

HRIS/Payroll consultant and freelance writer

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Which Tax Year?

Everyone understands that T4 reporting applies on a cash basis, based on actual pay dates. For example, a bi-weekly pay period may cover work between December 14 and 27, 2013, but the pay day for that work may fall on … Continue reading

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