Payroll across the pond

Staying on top of foreign tax rules part of the job’s challenges
By Uyen Vu
|CHRR, Report on Payroll|Last Updated: 09/07/2006

Those in payroll know how head-scratchingly complex it can be to get people paid across 10 provinces. Not many would attempt doing so across international borders.

But that’s not to say that there are none. Frank Lilley, senior co-ordinator of international payroll at Petro-Canada, has just taken on the job of handling payroll for the 500-some employees outside of Canada. Petro-Canada employs about 5,500 people altogether.

It has been a challenging year. Not only does he have to manage a handful of service providers, he also had to learn about the general tax rules of various countries around the world and learn how to deal with different working styles.