Summer brings barbecues for some, payroll headaches for others

On the surface, handling vacation pay is pretty simple. But there are some important things employers should keep in mind to ensure it is taken care of properly.
By Alan McEwen
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 06/06/2003

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rack out the barbecues and the patio furniture — it’s that time of year again when many employees are starting to think about their upcoming vacation time. This means vacations are weighing heavily on the minds of employers and, particularly, payroll professionals.

On the surface, annual vacations are fairly simple. If you work in Ontario, an employee is generally entitled to at least two weeks off with pay. For employees paid by salary, this vacation pay usually means employees receive their normal pay while on vacation — nothing really changes. But for hourly and some other employees, it’s a little more complicated.