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19% of Ontario employers plan to increase hiring in third quarter 2019, as high as 38% in one sector: survey

Based on “hiring intentions” of employers, a new survey of 1900 employers indicated that nineteen percent of employers plan to increase staffing levels, and seventy-seven percent plan to leave staffing unchanged (in other words, no reductions.) This is in line with economic forecasting and bodes well for the job market. …

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Payroll managing supplementary pay practices: attracting and retaining top talent with differentials, bonuses and spot “irregular” pay

A mix of supplemental bonusing and differentials can be crucial to retaining or attracting talent to your company, but it is easy to run afoul of fairness and equity rules, Canada Pension Plan and Employment Insurance rules, and other legislation — not to mention any “collective agreements” in your workplace. …

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“Dying for a paycheque?” — good HR Managmement can breathe new life into your team

With power personalities such as Elon Musk advocating 100-hour weeks — and many real-life examples of 100-hour work weeks, notably amongst software developers — HR managers have to be careful not to literally “work their teams to death.” Chances are, if you are a manager, you are one of the …

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What’s an HR Manager to do with the “excessively absent” employee; and what about the law?

Of all the HR management tasks, perhaps the most complicated issue in the workplace is absenteeism, especially the unavoidable — and difficult-to-plan and manage — medical leave. While many absentee team-members may have challenging scenarios and legitimate reasons for absence, this does put a significant burden on the remaining workers …

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Ontario’s payroll nightmare: compliance with confusing statutory holiday pay rules — without stress

Judging by the volume of calls to the Canadian Payroll Association, calculating pay for statutory holidays remains a mystery to many payroll managers or teams. According to the association, the calls are usually “how do I calculate,” or often just to “double check.” [1] Considering there are ten statutory holidays …

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How to take hire top talent in a tight job market: 3 corporate tips and how to hire the “passive” candidates

Although most of the jobs added appear to be in the construction industry, the Canadian economy broke records, adding 106,500 jobs in April 2019, according to Statscan. This trend is expected to continue, as long as interest rates remain stable. This contributed to an unemployment rate of 5.7 percent, the …

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A higher “sense of urgency” needed as increased CPP costs impact payroll budgeting

CPP costs began its inexorable — and unavoidable — rise in January, 2019 — but many Payroll and HR Managers have not given the increases a high sense of urgency. Those that do, will champion important changes to human resources management — becoming the future superheroes of budgets. Although the …

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Severance pay rules legal precedent: only Ontario payroll factors into the $2.5 million payroll threshold for severance

The Hawkes Decision sets some clarifying precedent for severance payments for Ontario payrolls, with a clear differentiation between companies with payrolls of more or less than $2.5 million — regardless of global payroll of the company. The important takeaway from the December 2018 decision, according to legal consultants at BLG, …

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Triage Productivity Method: the 4-day week — proof “Triage Productivity” rescues 20% of your time; plus, 3 essential methods

Part 1 of a 3-part “Triage Productivity” series Triage Productivity (TM) is designed around prioritizing workflow as if your life depended on it — modelled somewhat after Triage field hospitals. (We’re being colourful to make a point. Bear with us.) In Triage, particularly in field hospitals or war zones, the …

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