Category Archives: Payroll / HR sofware and systems

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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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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Further QPP rule changes on employee transfers into Quebec

The Canada Pension Plan and its Quebec equivalent, the QPP, have always been broadly similar. For example, until recently contribution rates and maximum annual contributions have been the same under both plans. That changed in 2012, when the Quebec government … Continue reading

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How does the Bonus Method work?

The best way to answer this question is by contrast with the normal rules for calculating CRA income tax source deductions, termed the periodic method. There are other CRA tax methods – the lump-sum and TD1X methods – but the … Continue reading

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In Payroll, Numbers are Everything

The primary payroll task is to pay employees accurately and on time. This always involves calculations related to specific time periods. For example, it may be necessary to calculate an hourly rate when salaried employees work overtime. One of these … Continue reading

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The payroll register is your friend

If you work in payroll, you probably spend a good deal of time pouring over payroll registers. And the more systems you gain familiarity with, you may come to realize that not every payroll register is the same. So what … Continue reading

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Payroll Dates

In payroll, everything is about dates. Of course, not dates, as in couples or fruit, but dates as in 24 hour time periods. There are two basic types of dates used in payroll: dates used to define employee demographics and … Continue reading

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Evaluating an HRIS? Look at the database structure.

A key criterion for selecting an HRIS is how flexible the application is. By flexible, I mean how readily the application supports your own specific business needs, particularly if these needs are complex or liable to change over time. From … Continue reading

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What’s required for retroactive processing in payroll software?

Retroactive payroll processing can be one of the toughest tasks faced by any payroll system. Yet, for many employers, the ability to process retroactive pay adjustments is a fundamental requirement. This article explains some of the basic needs before a … Continue reading

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