Departments paying casual employees on more than a one-time basis should submit hours worked through Workday. View the Enter time for casual staff and Approve time for casual staff user guides for step-by-step instructions.
Casual employees are staff members who are employed for less than three months or on intermittent bases, or who do not have regularly scheduled hours of work. Learn more about employee definitions on our Employee Resources page.
Note: Casual salaries are managed by the hiring manager or department, not through Human Resources.
Graduate students are paid on a monthly basis. Payments for graduate students performing work as a teaching assistant or research assistant should be submitted using Workday.
Payment types guidelines/procedures
To ensure compliance with government legislation, it is important that payments be coded correctly for taxation and year-end reporting purposes. These guidelines/procedures are meant to provide the campus community with additional information regarding taxable benefit and payment types, when they are/are not appropriate, and how to submit amounts for payment and/or reporting purposes.
This list is currently under development and is not a complete representation of all payment/taxable benefit types. This list only includes payment types that are not considered regular employment earnings.
- Gifts and gift cards/certificates
- Graduate Research Studentship (GRS) vs. Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA)
- Payment types definitions/guidelines (PDF)
Net pay/benefit cost estimator
The Net Pay/Benefit Cost Estimator (.xlsx) is a tool that departments can use to estimate the employer cost for University of Waterloo supplemental benefits and statutory taxes for budgeting purposes. Employees, who are considering a change to their working hours, gross salary, or benefit coverage, can also use the tool to estimate what their benefit deductions and net pay will be.