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How to Plan and Implement a Safe Workplace with Engineered Social Distancing

With more than half of employers planning to hire in 2021 — according to poll data [found here>>] — designing or engineering a safe, social-distanced workplace is critical to employers, not only to ensure safety but also to attract the best candidates. As the number of employees increase, social distancing …

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Over Half of Employers Plan to Hire New Workers in 2021

In 2021, over 80% of employers are going to be focusing on hiring more staff, either to replace lost employees due to 2020, or as a means of opening up new roles and expanding.[1] The light on the horizon comes in the form of two surveys conducted by Monster detailing …

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Gartner Highlights 9 Tips for Managing Remote Employees During & After COVID-19

When it is done correctly, remote working helps employers reduce costs, boost productivity, increase customer service and enhance employee engagement. In fact, a recent survey found that 30% of remote workers would rather quit than return to the office after the pandemic! However, in many organizations — including those that …

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HR Management Tips to Boost Morale During Covid-19 Winter

Winter in any normal instance can be a difficult season to get through, whether it is due to the cold and lower levels of sunlight or the stress of the holiday season. But because of the added stress, isolation, and demands on our mental health caused by the coronavirus pandemic, …

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How Covid-19 Inspired Changes to Pay and Performance Reviews

2020 brought with it a complete overhaul to many aspects of how businesses and organizations function, including how jobs, pay, and performances are reviewed. What matters after everything is that organizations focus on what matters now and not what mattered at the beginning of 2020 while keeping things fair and …

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Canadian Government Waives Temporary Waiting Period for EI

The Canadian Federal Government is now waiving the one week waiting period for employment insurance, at least temporarily, for all new claims between the 31st of January to the 25th of September 2021. While May 2019 saw Canada’s lowest unemployment rate since records began at just 5.4%, a year later …

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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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