Category Archives: Best Practices

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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Can New Year’s Day be a pay day?

As payroll staff start planning for year-end, one step in this process is to map out the coming year’s payroll schedules. When looking at these, particularly if you pay on Fridays, you will quickly see that January 1, 2016 – … Continue reading

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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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