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“Right candidates“ vs “bums in seats”: with a talent shortage in Canada few recruiters discount fees — and few clients ask

When asked for a discount, recruiter Dave Hume says to his prospective client, “So which bit of my service don’t you want, exactly?” [4] Sarcasm aside, there is no doubt that discounted fees are generally tied to fewer services — “bums in seats, stack ’em and rack ’em” versus quality …

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$120,000 award to a “non-employee.” A cautionary ruling on discrimination may require employment hiring policy review

Human resources managers are grappling with a recent ruling from the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal that set a precedent in discrimination policies and penalties. With damages assessed at $120,000, it is inevitable most employers — and their HR teams — will (or should) review and possibly amend their hiring policies.  …

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With voter turnout in the last election at 66 percent, we ask: What are the employer obligations for elections?

Voter turnout in the 2019 Federal elections was down to 66 percent. How much of that is due to the inconvenience of “voting day.” On paper, the rules in Canada seem good — employers must be supportive of their employees need to vote. There are some interesting rules to pay …

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Labour shortage one of the main factors holding back business growth in Canada

While business sentiment and outlook are trending upwards over the next twelve months into 2020, the main factor holding back full potential growth is a shortage of labour — according to a new survey from the Bank fo Canada. The ratio of job openings to unemployed workers rose, especially in …

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Survey indicates that over 51% of Canadians believe they are underpaid; 56% check average salaries online

Three out of every four employees in Canada claim that they have a good idea about what a worker in their current position should be making each year — according to a new survey of 400 randomized employees. [1] 56% of the 400 surveyed indicated that they have gone out …

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Merit raises in wages budgeted at 2.6% on average in Canada for 2020 due to strong competition for talent

Merit budgets increased by 2.6% in 2019. A new report from Mercer estimates that wage increase budgets for merit will remain at 2.6% for the year 2020.  Their findings and statistics were compiled from 652 Canadian employers and reported in the 2019/2020 Canadian Compensation Planning Survey. To retain reasonable trending accuracy, …

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Managing unauthorized overtime pay — policies, records and discipline to mitigate abuse

Unauthorized overtime pay can be challenging to mitigate for a business of any size, with Canadian law mandating that a business must pay employees for overtime, even if it was not pre-approved or needed. This payment must be 1.5 times the standard wage and can cost companies well over $3,000 …

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Canadian Labour Code changes effective September 1: “notice” of shift change and employee “right to refuse overtime for family responsibilities.”

Changes to the Canada Labour Code take effect September 1, 2019, impacting any federally regulated employers. The new rules make it mandatory for the employer to give written notice 96 hours before a schedule change, and 24 hours before a shift change. Other regulations include new pay equity standards, plus …

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Pay frequency, transparency, and overall pay experience more critical than the amount of pay or benefits to most employees

In seems like a no-brainer: to retain top employees offer competitive pay rates, benefits and opportunities for merit increases. Bonuses help. Right? Wrong. Although these are given standards, and employees/team members care about them, they are more likely to stick with their employer-based on three unexpected criteria: Pay frequency: flexibility …

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