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Province-Wide Shut Down & New Emergency Orders Per a Declaration of Emergency

As a response to the distressingly high illness and mortality rates, since the start of the pandemic, there will be a province-wide shutdown and a second declaration of a state of emergency to significantly reduce the number of contacts people are having and thereby reducing the number of illnesses and …

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3 Alternatives to a Holiday Party in 2020 that Your Employees Will Love

At this time of year, unheralded employees — typically, the folks in the HR department — are busy organizing the annual staff holiday party. In 2020, however, this task is more than challenging: it’s impossible. Or at least, it should be if they want to avoid steep penalties. For example, …

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Top ten things you need to know when hiring a Professional Employer Organization (PEO)

With a professional employer organization (PEO), small- and medium-sized businesses can leverage the co-employment model to access the benefits that come with scale. “From health insurance plans to compensation coverage, HR expertise, and risk management, hiring a PEO offers a wide range of benefits,” explains Lauren Kouba, President, Managed Payroll …

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See Ya’ Later: Survey Finds 73% of North American Employees Open to Pursuing New Opportunities Elsewhere

Just like there is always going to be some level of unemployment even during white hot economic booms, there are always going to be some employees who, for a variety of reasons ranging from personal to professional, are interested in packing up their plant, mug and kid’s finger-painting masterpiece, and …

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Pivot vs. Panic: Recruitment and Engagement Strategies to Help Your Organization Gear Up for the Recovery

While there are still some difficult months ahead, top economists are predicting that the recovery will be surprisingly fast. As such, organizations should use this downtime to review, adapt and adjust their strategies — so they can surge ahead instead of fall behind. Here are some key considerations:  Your employees …

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New Survey Reveals the Post-COVID Workplace: Flexible Working, Social Distancing & Lots of Anxiety

A new survey commissioned by software company Foko Retail and conducted by Nanos has revealed that the post-pandemic workplace is likely going to look, feel and function markedly — and in some cases completely — different than it has in the recent past. The survey asked C-suite and executive level …

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Legalization Legacy: Survey Reveals 8% of Employers in Canada Have Experienced a Marijuana-Related Incident in the Workplace

The good news for employers is that, contrary to what some folks warned, the legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada on October 21, 2018 has not unleashed a zombie workforce that is relentlessly in pursuit of pizza, Pink Floyd, and shiny objects. However, this doesn’t mean the transition has been …

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FAQ for Employers Regarding COVID-19 Screening in the Workplace

On October 2, 2020, the Government of Ontario issued Regulation 364/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 3  under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, which states: “the person responsible for a business or organization that is open shall operate the business or organization in compliance with …

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Government of Canada Extending CEWS to Summer 2021

In its Speech from the Throne on September 23, 2020, the Government of Canada announced that it will be extending the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program until the summer 2021. The CEWS was introduced in April, 2020 as a measure to help employers keep employees on the payroll during …

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