B.C. switches pay period for 33,000 workers

Payroll modernization went off without a hitch thanks to planning and communication
By Todd Humber
|CHRR, Guide to Payroll|Last Updated: 09/11/2003

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aking tiny tweaks and adjustments to payroll creates a minor clerical headache for most payroll practitioners. An extra hour paid here, a missed overtime hour there. But toss in wholesale changes to how 33,000 workers are paid and it opens up an entirely different world of challenges.

That’s what the British Columbia government was facing as it made a move to streamline payroll processes to pave the way for self-service for its workforce. Until February of this year, the government was paying its employees for work not yet done. An employee’s biweekly cheque was based on one week actually worked and the estimated pay for one week not yet worked. It often resulted in inaccurate payouts to staff because cheques did not reflect days missed, overtime worked or holidays taken during that second week.