For every classic payroll fraud, there is a classic internal control to prevent or mitigate the fraud. In the case discussed here, segregation of duties might have prevented the fraud or reduced the likelihood or severity of the fraud.
Payroll is one of the largest single expenses of an organization. Without proper accounting controls in place, money could be misappropriated and false expense claims processed. For this reason, employers must intimately understand their payroll costs, and know how to control and predict them.
In its omnibus budget Bill C-38, the federal government is giving itself the ability to eliminate the use of physical Social Insurance Number cards. According to an article in the May 16 issue of the Globe and Mail, actual SIN cards will no longer be issued as of March 2014. Currently Employment Insurance and Canada Pension Plan legislation requires employers to ask to see the actual card.