GSU staff reps have been helping Local 15 (Nutrien) members check and understand their pay stubs as a result of changes in their newly implemented collective agreement. Salary calculation changes on the paystubs were noticed and brought to our attention by several GSU members in the local who make a point of regularly checking their pay stubs.
Checking your pay stub regularly is a good practice. You should also make sure you are keeping a good record of any time you have taken off, overtime you have worked, and when you have been away sick to help you ensure they have been recorded and reflected correctly on your pay stub.
Confirm your employer’s math. Ensuring that every calculation has been done accurately on your pay stub can also help you avoid an unpleasant surprise at tax time. You should also review the accuracy of your benefit and other deductions, including things like health, dental, charitable donations, or your pension/RRSPs. If they aren’t listed properly, you need to get things straightened out.
Make sure the seemingly foolproof items on your pabstub are accurate, too. While it may seem inconsequential, you need to ensure your name, social insurance number, and other contact information is accurate, particularly when you start a new job. Catching errors quickly can save you problems down the road, and if you wait too long it may be challenging or even too late to get some things fixed. If your SIN number is incorrect, payments you make won’t be attached to your account, and you are pretty much guaranteed a call from Revenue Canada when you file your taxes. Reviewing your paid time off balance, pay rates, and other information to ensure accuracy can save you from a hassle later, too.
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