Private payroll property

Knowing the legal requirements for handling sensitive employee information is essential
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 03/30/2010

Payroll professionals, whether working in-house for an employer or for an outsourced payroll provider, handle sensitive information on employees as part of their job. They can have access to information such as salaries, bank account numbers, addresses and anything else that could appear in an employee’s file. However, not all of this information is necessary for payroll to have, so it’s important to know the the limits of privacy policies and legislation to avoid getting into hot water for mishandling someone’s personal information.