PayrollHero Welcomes Faburrito!

uploaded20130602-10134-1rhmhna20130602-10134-8tdcopFaburrito Fresh Mexican Grills became PayrollHero clients a few months ago and their team has been really enjoying it.  PayrollHero’s platform helps the Faburrito team take care of their time, attendance, scheduling and Philippine payroll.  As you can see from some of the employee’s clock in photos – they really enjoy the process! (just look at some of their clock in photos)

Faburrito is a young company that was founded in 2011 and as we are growing, we have tough challenges, one of them is to keep our Human Resource organised. So, I started to open up our main office to support our restaurants in the field and I really had a hard time finding a good HR person who will take in charge with all Payroll, Scheduling, Benefits & Others – Good thing I found PayrollHero who has been helping both the company and the employees in many ways.”
– Chester Alfaro, Support Center Manager, Faburrito
uploaded20130612-21855-1pazt3j20130612-21855-oh4nti uploaded20130614-26582-1h1hozl20130614-26582-5qzq90Do you have a restaurant in the Philippines that needs a payroll solution?  Do you want to utilize PayrollHero’s time, attendance, scheduling and payroll platform within your restaurant business? Reach out to our client happiness team for more details.

Update: Philippine Payroll Platform

PRHCLOUDPayrollHero launched it’s payroll platform in the Philippines with a complete cloud based payroll solution to help businesses from Manila, Cebu, Mindanao, Davao and everything in between.  Recently we have added even more functionality that enables Philippine companies to not only run their payroll but see their employee’s time, attendance as well as handle scheduling.

Do you own a business that has employees in the Philippines?

PayrollHero understands the 13th Month pay, the difference between Regular and Special holidays, BIR withholding tax, Philippine Government deductions, nighttime differential, plus much more.

If you have questions about how PayrollHero can help your Philippine company, visit our website and click on “chat” – our team would be pleased to help.

Free 14 day course on how to start a business in the Philippines! 

PayrollHero In metabridge Top 15 Startups 2013

We’re super excited that metabridge has named PayrollHero one of the top 15 startups in Canada. Standing alongside others like Cinecoup and Mover, PayrollHero is proud to be included in such a high calibre group of startups. A big pat on the back to the other 14 on the list. We can’t wait to meet you all!


What is metabridge?

metabridge is a unique initiative that gives 15 top Canadian startups the chance to tap directly into the main vein of the Silicon Valley and its abundance of resources and opportunities.

The metabridge team stacked PayrollHero up against some of the brightest startups in the country, and narrowed us down to the final list of 15. We have a lot to gain from such an opportunity – we’d really like to meet potential international technology partners for investment and connect with awesome mentors and advisors.

Connecting Canada with the Silicon Valley

Kicking off with the metabridge ethos that ‘One Conversation Can Change Your World’, Adam (Product Development (Co-Founder)) and I are jumping right in and attending the Cascadia Pitch Summit on Thursday June 20th and the metabridge 2013 Finale Party on Friday June 21st. We are excited to build new relationships (and friendships) with 34 of the Silicone Valleys greatest minds, in the west coast wine country of Kelowna, British Columbia.

Amongst the chosen 34 VIP leaders who will be at the event, are:


Partner at 500 Startups


CTO of Xero


Vice President, Partner Programs & Channel Sales at Sage

Recap of metabridge 2012

Here’s a look at last years metabridge event. If you’re going to be there get in touch, it’s going to a fun couple of days!

#VanRuby Hack Night and Co-Working @ Launch Academy

Yesterday Piotr (Engineering & Co-Founder) was in the city again, enjoying a day of co-working, Ruby hacking and wall-to-wall sunshine.

Piotr spent the day co-working at Launch Academy as they were also playing host to the bi-monthly #VanRuby meetup, Ruby Hack Night.

Ruby Hack Night @ Launch Academy

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#VanRuby Hack Nights are back, and are now being held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. The Ruby Hack nights have a very different focus to the #VanRuby Social Lightning Talk event we were at last week. For this meetup everyone turns up with their own laptop and spends the night communally hacking away at their favourite open-source project. It’s essentially a bunch of developers jamming together in a room, bouncing ideas off each other if they get stuck on a problem. In #VanRuby’s words, “we all get together and hack on cool stuff!”

Piotr was working on a project to help get more visibility during a deployment process. If this is the kind of project you’re interested, you can check it out here, on GitHub.

Who are Launch Academy?

Launch Academy categorizes itself as a hybrid incubator, accelerator and alternative education centre. As well as housing 70 startups and 120 entrepreneurs they share their space with companies like Microsoft and GrowLab.

Here’s a quick video about their services, it’s not hard to see why they’re so successful!


The next #VanRuby Hack Night is on June 18th at Launch Academy, will we see you there? Leave a comment below if you plan to attend, it would be good to meet you.

Visa And Immigration Routes For Working In Whistler, BC


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The provincial flag of British Columbia

We know some great immigration lawyers here in Whistler, and I tapped their expert knowledge to put together this quick guide outlining the five routes available to foreign workers who want to come to Whistler, BC.

To see if PayrollHero is what you’re looking for take a look at our careers posting, here.

Visa and immigration options

1. Working Holiday Visa (WHV) Working holidays visas are a great way for young people to get a temporary work permit for Canada. If you would like to be part of our Engineer in Residence program, this would be the best option as WHV’s are genrally easier to get.

  • How to apply: Each country has a different application process for Canadian WHV’s, so you will need to apply through the appropriate government program for your home country. A quick Google will help you find your native WHV program.
  • Restrictions: There are a limited number of WHV’s available, per country, per year and most have upper age restrictions. They are usually limited to a 1-2 year stay per WHV and there is also a limit on the number of consecutive WHV’s you can have.

2. Temporary Work Permit Normally you have to apply for work permits outside of Canada, from your country of residence, but under some circumstances you can apply once in Canada. A work permit is a temporary visa allowing you to work in Canada and you must have a confirmed job offer in order to apply.

  • How to apply: If a work permit is the right route, we will apply for this with advice of our immigration lawyer.
  • Restrictions: The Human Resources and Skills Development of Canada may require that we do a Labor Market Opinion (LMO) survey to determine that there are no local workers that are right for the job, and that the best option is to bring in a foreign worker.

3. BC Provincial Nomination – To be accepted to the BC PNP program applicants must have a permanent, full-time job offer that is on the Strategic Occupations list. The BC PNP is considered to be a fast-track option to permanent residency.

  • How to apply: This will also be done with our immigration lawyers, as eligibility for the BC PNP depends on many criteria.
  • Restrictions: We may be required to do an LMO (see Temporary Work Permit, above). Permanent residents are required to live in Canada for two out of every five years, or they risk forfeiting their status.

4. Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program – On the FSW program workers are selected to enter Canada as permanent residents based on their skills, education, knowledge of English or French and work experience. This is usually applied for if you are not currently living in Canada.

  • How to apply: If appropriate, this will be done with our immigration lawyers as there are lots of hoops to jump through.
  • Restrictions: Applicants must have proof of enough funds to support themselves and their dependents when they arrive in Canada. Your work experience must be on the Canadian National Occupational Classification list to be considered for this route of application.

5. Canadian Experience Class (CEC) –  The CIC is open to people who are currently living and working in Canada and would like to become permanent residents, but do not want to be ‘sponsored’ by their current employer.

  • Application for the CEC program: This will be done with our immigration lawyers as they will have to determine your eligibility and if this is the best route to take.
  • Restrictions: Applicants must have at least one years work experience in Canada and have to take an English speaking and listening test.

Overwhelmed by all the information or stoked to get started?

If you come to work with us, we will let the immigration lawyers guide us down the right path to get the best people on our team.

You can apply to join the PayrollHero Dev team by sending us a (not-so-typical) resume that best represents your personality and your skills, to support[at]

#VanRuby Meetup @ Medeo

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Last Thursday three of our dev team went to the May edition of the #VanRuby meetups, in Vancouver.

The #VanRuby meetups are a great way for us to stay in touch with our local developer community. Once a month #VanRuby organizes a meetup at a different location and either co-ordinates guest speakers or, in the case of May’s meetup, encourages participation from attendees.

Our favorite #VanRuby social lightning talk

This month’s theme invited speakers to give a summary of their favorite RailsConf talks. We were really impressed by Loki Meyburg’s recap of ‘Rails Insecure Defaults’ because Rails is considered to be one of the most secure web application frameworks available; however, this talk showed us that when you dig a little deeper it’s easy to find situations where Rails in built behavior could be more secure. A great example here, from Florent:

“when you launch a Rails application it has to be launched on a specific IP, so it can be accessed it in your browser. But if you use an IP like, it means that other people can also access it if they want to, from their browser”

We also attended RailsConf back in April, so Piotr and Suman both offered to share their insights with the Ruby community.

Piotr ended up giving two talks, a ‘micro-talk’ (as he put it) on strong parameters and a full lightning talk on API testing.

Suman’s lightning talk was a recap of Sandi Metz RailsConf talk ‘The Magic Tricks of Testing’ and suggested that developers are writing too many tests and testing the wrong kinds of things. Sandi’s original RailsConf talk ‘The Magic Tricks of Testing’ is available on SpeakerDeck.

#VanRuby talk by Piotr

Lightning Talks are 2-10 minute talks where speakers show a short slide presentation or code in a repl.

The #VanRuby meetup location

This month the meetup was hosted at Medeo, a Vancouver-based telehealth utility that makes it possible for patients to connect with their doctors via their computer, phone or tablet. We were fascinated by what was being achieved at Medeo, they’re reinventing the house-call and making healthcare easier and more convenient for everyone. It was a pleasure to be hosted by them.

Modeo devices

Modeo is free to download from the Apps store

Did you attend the recent #VanRuby meetup, too? Please leave a comment and let us know which talks you enjoyed.