Do you report to finance or HR?

Industry experts weigh in on the age-old question of where the payroll function is best managed within a company
By Zachary Pedersen
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 10/22/2012

It doesn’t matter where payroll is located, as long as you make sure employees are the first priority, says Len Haraburda, the general manager of Canada Pacific Railway’s human resources service centre.

“The key thing is it’s not a question of where does it reside, it's have you set up an optimal structure for an efficient, effective, seamless process?” says Haraburda, whose payroll includes about 17,500 employees. “Can you take care of an individual right from a new hire until the day they separate from the organization?”

Prior to joining CPR, Haraburda worked as part of the payroll group at the Alberta Government Telephones Commission, now known as Telus. While he was there, he recognized a disconnect between payroll personnel and HR personnel.