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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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Payroll and benefits managers should budget for drug and health benefit costs to rise nearly 12 percent in 2019

Drug benefits are projected to rise, on average by 11.57 percent on renewal in 2019, with healthcare benefits also rising 11.55 percent (according to Accompass data.) Dental benefits are forecast to increase 5.62 percent. “With good advisors, you’re going to find the rates will typically be lower for a lot …

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Seven Digital Detox methods that can increase office productivity; human office workers now have an average attention span of 8 seconds, less than a goldfish

Since the advent of smart phones, the human attention span in the workplace has dropped to eight seconds — now shorter than that of a goldfish (at nine seconds) — according to a Microsoft Corp study of 2,000 participants. The main cause of the drop in attention — and resulting …

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The most in-demand engineering jobs in Canada and U.S. 2019: salary trends, and the positions, certifications and skills needed

Engineering will always be in demand in the “job market” — with the U.S. market projecting an increase of 139,300 engineering jobs, especially over the next ten years, jumping to 1.82 million jobs from the current 1.68 million. Canada and the U.S. closely mirror proportionately. In Canada, the top 8 …

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“Pivotal” moments: brace yourself for 31 unexpected paradigm shifts in the job market from these external non-economic factors

We could call them “pivotal” moments, or paradigm shifts in the job market. Past technologies such as automation, robotics, green technologies, cloud computing and smartphone radically reshaped the job market. The next big non-economic “game-changer” influencers in the job market will be more diverse. (For the purposes of this feature, …

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Some eligible parents will get an additional five to eight weeks of parental leave — as long as both parents agree to split time off

In what has been called a “take it or lose it” policy, a new paternity benefit comes into effect March 24, 2019 —allowing for five additional weeks of leave for 12-month parental leave situations, or eight weeks for the new 18-month leave option. There’s a condition: both parents have to …

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Survey: 33 percent of workers negotiate pay after job offers; in the low unemployment environment, many employers are willing

A robust job market — with even high-paying career positions going unfilled — appears to be pressuring employers to seriously negotiate both monetary and non-monetary compensation and perks. Although more people had searched for jobs in February — in a month that saw 56,000 new hires — the unemployment rate …

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What are the six things the world’s most successful people do every day?

What are the six things the world’s most successful people do every day? By successful, we include the self-made billionaires: Warren Buffet, Elon Musk, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Richard Branson, and many others. Although distilled from various sources — interviews in Rolling Stone, Fortune, and others — the …

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