Vacation pay not a holiday for payroll

Statutory holidays pose headaches for payroll practitioners
By Alan McEwen
|CHRR, Guide to Payroll|Last Updated: 03/26/2004


lmost everyone welcomes the extra time off a statutory holiday provides. But while staff dream about getting out of town for sun-drenched afternoons at the cottage, payroll practitioners are furiously sweating over the details to ensure pay cheques get out the door correctly.

Statutory holidays add significant complexity to payroll calculations. There are 14 different sets of employment standards across the country for the 10 provinces, three territories and the federal government. But, fortunately, there is a more or less common structure among the 14 different standards which helps smooth out the process somewhat.