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Payroll team members take 9.6 days per year off; contingency emergency planning for short-term payroll outsource support

According to Statscan, leave in the workplace is increasing, averaging 9.6 days per employee per year. What do you do, though, if that person who has an abrupt need for emergency or sick leave is your key payroll team member? What do you do when that key payroll person is …

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Psychological well-being in the workplace: a $20 billion problem that has companies turning to outsource HR: 15 risk-factors, 30 helpful tips

October 10th is Mental Health Day. The day is designed to help raise awareness and remove the stigmas associated with psychological issues. 23% of Canadian workers are uncomfortable speaking about a psychological health issue with their manager — even though 20% of workers experience a problem each year. Outsourcing HR …

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Payroll Management: Ontario Premier Doug Ford to reverse “job killing” labour reform bill 148

In a move sure to please business owners and employers, Doug Ford has vowed to “scrap” Bill 148. As reported previously in the Pivotal HR Blog (“Struggling with new guidelines?”), Payroll and HR Managers, business owners and stakeholders were asking the government to put the brakes on the plan due …

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Good for jobs and economy says Prime Minister: USMCA replaces NAFTA in more than just name

USMCA may be an awkward name, but it appears to be a win for Canadian jobs and the Economy, with the notable exception of the Dairy industry — and possibly the steel industry, depending on post-agreement tariff actions. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted: “A good deal for Canada that will …

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HR Managers: Millennials by the numbers — what you need to know about “the new face of the workplace.”

Millennials are the face of the future workplace, according to PEW Research. Known as “confident, self-expressive, liberal, upbeat and open to change,” your HR planning inevitably will include a sizable cohort of Millennial team members. Millennials have already flexed their demographic muscle, influencing the decline of non-tech industries and the …

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Payroll solution to high debt? 66 per cent of employees in a better position than a year ago; but 94% carry debt: Survey

Nationally, the majority of employees report being in a better position this year, versus a year ago — according to a new survey from the Canadian Payroll Association. Although slightly less than half report living “pay cheque to pay cheque” — largely due to increases in debt and expenses — …

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Survey of employers in Canada: salaries to rise 2.6 per cent average in 2019, consistent with current rate of inflation; employee turnover the top concern

Employers remain confident compensation will average an increase of 2.6 per cent in 2019, in line with the expected rate of inflation of 2.5 per cent. Ontario and Quebec expect increases of 2.6 per cent and 2.5 per cent; with the highest increase expected in British Columbia and Alberta, at …

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Annoying is not a “capital offence”: the difference between irritating and incompatible: when is it okay to dismiss an employee for behavior in Canada?

Firing is, effectively, a “capital punishment” in terms of employment law. Before dismissing that annoying employee, ask yourself important questions. Does this employee’s infuriating behaviour rise to the level of a “capital offence?” Did it tangibly harm the business? Annoying, by itself, is not grounds for summary dismissal. You’ll likely …

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Struggling with new public holiday pay guidelines? Confused about other Ontario Employment Standards?

Significant changes to Employment Standards and Public Holiday came into force January 1, 2018, under Bill 148, with additional modifications phased in from July 1, 2018. Some Payroll Managers and their Payroll Management Services may not be aware of all the changes — or could benefit from a “one-page guide” …

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