Category Archives: Best Practices

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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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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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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Before you start looking for a new HRIS/payroll system

Like many other things, finding a new HRIS or payroll system should be a carefully managed process. This process, however, doesn’t start with preparing and issuing an RFP. Rather, the place to start, well before opening discussions with potential vendors, … Continue reading

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An update on the 2012 federal budget drop of SIN cards

In 2012, I wrote about plans to phase out a physical card for Social Insurance Numbers, based on changes introduced in that year’s federal budget. Now, the recently released 2014 edition of the Employers’ Guide, T4001, provides the CRA’s new … Continue reading

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Challenges in Paying Employees by Salary

In payroll, salaries are fixed earnings, paid for the elapse of specific time periods, commonly a pay period, month or year. The defining characteristic of salaries is they don’t depend on how much time is actually worked during these elapsed … Continue reading

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Why you shouldn’t give employees payroll advances

For a small employer or a small payroll department, it can be an awkward situation if employees ask for an advance on their wages. In effect, such request is for an informal, short-term employer loan. However, there are also other … Continue reading

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