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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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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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How might disability plan choices impact employees?

For employers considering short or long term disability plans there are a great many decisions to be made about plan design, funding and administration. Should benefits be insured, should employees contribute to the cost of benefits, and, if the employer … Continue reading

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Which Year-End Slip – T4 or T4A?

For most purposes, it’s pretty straightforward which year-end slip has to be completed. While we generally think of year-end reporting requirements in terms of just the T4, there are, however, a variety of other slips which payroll must occasionally use … Continue reading

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Overtime options: averaging and banking

The normal rule is that when employees work overtime, employers have to pay that out in the same pay period as worked. However, in some jurisdictions, there may be other options. Two options that are sometimes available are averaging and … Continue reading

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