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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Can there be Weekly Overtime in BC for Straight Time Hours less than 40?

The normal rule is that to qualify for weekly overtime under the BC employment standards, employees have to work more than 40 regular hours. However, that’s not the case when BC employees work on a statutory holiday. When an employee … Continue reading

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Insurable Hours for Time Not Worked

It might seem odd, that while the primary requirement for EI insurable earnings is that they be paid to employees, by contrast insurable hours aren’t always hours actually worked. A good example of this is banked overtime, taken subsequently as … 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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