Category Archives: Best Practices

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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Why the Province of Employment Rules Don’t Work

It’s time we recognize the province of employment rules need fixing. I’ve written several times about these rules, (search my blog for ‘province of employment’) but always with a view to explaining what these are. Now I’d like to express … Continue reading

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What are Vacation Time and Pay Best Practices?

Payroll best practices are about reducing administrative burden, while at the same time increasing accuracy and compliance. Since there are such wide variances in vacation practices, it’s worth trying to shed some light on how these practices may be improved. … Continue reading

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Emergency travel benefits – Do they belong as part of extended health?

Extended health coverage is a benefit offered by many employers, usually under a group insurance contract with one of the major insurance companies, such as Sun Life, Manulife and The Co-operators, etc. Emergency travel benefits are a standard part of … Continue reading

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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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