Payroll plays key role in ‘historic compromise’ of workers’ compensation

Workers’ comp bodies rely on honest, accurate payrolls
By Sheila Brawn
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 12/02/2014

Right now, many payroll departments are focused on processing regular payrolls while gearing up for new year changes and T4 filing. At this time of year, workers’ comp boards don’t want payroll to forget about them.

Most boards require employers to file an annual payroll report showing assessable earnings by the end of February (March for Ontario and Quebec).

"For a lot of payroll folks, they have got to deal with everything on a weekly, biweekly or monthly basis. We’re just a once-a-year deal for them, so it’s not top-of-mind sometimes," says James Wilson, manager of audit and underwriting at the Alberta Workers’ Compensation Board.