ROE WEB INTERFACE

For a long time companies have dealt with the old Record of Employment Forms on carbon paper. This is now in the process of being phased out in favour of on-line filing. This has a number of advantages over the old forms:

1) You dont need to keep the old forms and a dot matrix printer around just to print them, if you have already made the transition to Laser.

2) You dont have to pay postage to mail the copies to the Employment Commission.

3) The Web Input allows the Employment Commission to analyze the best of the last 53 weeks of employment history. This is particularly important in slow economic times when there may have been a break in regular earnings leading up to a layoff.

Now the downside of on-line filing is that the base format requires a lot of input for the last 53 pay weeks. This can be printed from within Employee File Maintenance, but still involves a great deal of data entry if you need to create ROEs for a large number of employees.

With a new feature, activated within the payroll, this can be expedited by exporting an ROE file and importing it on the ROE Web Site. Data can then be reviewed and edited if necessary before the final submissions of the ROEs.

To file via the ROE Web Site you need to register your company by visiting the site, printing and completing the forms and dropping them off at a Service Canada location. Be sure and take the appropriate company identification with you to have your registration approved. After that, you will be able to login to the site, upload, edit and submit your ROE information electronically.

Similar facilities are available to submit T4s and it is required if you have 500+ employees.

WINDOWS 7 FEEDBACK

We have completed our first round of tests on Microsoft Windows 7 with these observations:

To date, Libra seems to work quite well on Windows 7 with no database or printing issues noted. It has in fact fixed a few minor problems that have existed in Windows Vista.

Like all of the newer versions of Windows, the upgrade process is very time consuming taking hours to complete. That has been the trend in all Microsoft Windows versions and in most other popular software applications as well. Each new version always seems to take more time to install than the previous one.

Overall Windows 7 looks very much like Vista. I like the new version of Windows Explorer as compared to the Vista version. This is definitely more intuitive, but is in fact really not a lot better than it was in Windows XP. Microsoft seems to like to step backwards at times so that they can make an improvement by getting back to where they were. Whether this is part of the plan or just a knee-jerk reaction to negative feedback is hard to say.

Microsoft has, as advertised, tightened MS Office compatibility requirements and no version below 2003 will even load on Windows 7. I would even go as far as to strongly recommend MS Office 2007 if you are considering Windows 7, just to be safe.

Windows 7 has also dropped support for both Windows Mail and Outlook Express. It seems that Microsoft no longer wants to supply free e-mail programs and would like everyone to switch to Microsoft Outlook instead. You can still use Web Mail sources such as Hotmail however.

Windows 7 comes packaged with Internet Explorer 8 which is now also available for XP & Vista as well. It is quite workable, but seems a little slower than the existing standard version 7.