Author Archives: Alan R. McEwen

About Alan R. McEwen

HRIS/Payroll consultant and freelance writer

How to avoid pitfalls in vacation policies and practices

Three weeks’ vacation at 6%. Sounds easy doesn’t it. However, vacation policies are complex and unless you pay careful attention, it’s easy to stumble. Here’s how to avoid the major pitfalls. Employers often promise employees so many weeks of paid … Continue reading

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Averaging agreements aren’t a silver bullet

Averaging agreements can be useful tools for employers to help manage overtime costs, but they aren’t a silver bullet. Under the BC employment standards, there are three main benefits from calculating overtime based on an averaging agreement: Overtime on a … Continue reading

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Substituting another day for a BC statutory holiday

Here’s a test of your payroll knowledge. This is taken from my upcoming guide on statutory holiday in BC: Linda’s hire date was October 1, 2015. She agreed with her BC employer that she would take off work on Monday, … Continue reading

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Calculating semi-monthly salary changes?

Here’s a test of your payroll knowledge: Carole was hired effective November 9, 2015. Her annual salary is $66,000 and is paid on a semi-monthly basis. Her regular hours of work are 37.5 hours/week, Monday to Friday. How much should … Continue reading

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“Use it or lose it” Vacation Policies

Test your payroll knowledge: Under her collective agreement, Rose earns the right to 5 weeks of vacation for each completed year of employment. Rose has never taken all the vacation time she’s entitled to and now the time owing is … Continue reading

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