Complying with vacation standards not always easy

A look at some of the main challenges employers and payroll departments face
By Sheila Brawn
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 05/13/2014

Employment standards rules can be a challenge for employers and payroll departments. One area that can test even the most seasoned payroll professional is vacations.

"We have lots of challenges," says Cheryl Ball, a payroll consultant with the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA), speaking about payroll professionals. She adds that the CPA handles queries about vacation requirements all year from payroll practitioners looking to better understand the rules.

Without a thorough understanding of the law and well-thought-out vacation policies, employers could face fines or penalties, says lawyer Karen Sargeant, a partner with Fasken Martineau in Toronto.