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Feds Extend Recall Period for Temporary Layoffs

The Canadian government has extended the recall period for temporary layoffs for up to six months and targets federally regulated employers. The rules guiding the extension are set out in the Canada Labour Standards Regulations. Workers who were temporarily laid off before March 31, 2020, have slightly different rules from […]

Covid-19 paper-distancing tactic: How to manage Payroll Services remotely with VPN, wire transfers and electronic solutions

Current Covid-19 guidance from government and health authorities recommends various tactics for social distancing, including remote working, caregiving leave, and sick leave without doctor’s notes and other supportive measures designed to keep our workplaces safe. Paper-distancing is another recommended precaution in offices, and especially for payroll management, where some companies […]

Covid-19 workplace best practices — expert and government guidelines, including tips for “Social Distancing” and managing remote work.

To help protect your team — and help managers mitigate the Covid-19 risks — Pivotal Solutions brought together the current tactics, rules, and suggestions from government, health experts, and human resource experts (with citations.) NOTE: The guidance changes frequently, check your latest guidelines or our blog for updates. Although this […]

To retire or not to retire: employers’ mixed messages often leads to delayed retirement

For most employees, the responses from their employers on whether they should retire or not are mixed, which creates confusion on whether they should stay or go. 55% of U.S. employers surveyed by MetLife Inc. prefer older workers to retire to give room for younger employees to advance while the […]

Merit raises in wages budgeted at 2.6% on average in Canada for 2020 due to strong competition for talent

Merit budgets increased by 2.6% in 2019. A new report from Mercer estimates that wage increase budgets for merit will remain at 2.6% for the year 2020.  Their findings and statistics were compiled from 652 Canadian employers and reported in the 2019/2020 Canadian Compensation Planning Survey. To retain reasonable trending accuracy, […]

Managing unauthorized overtime pay — policies, records and discipline to mitigate abuse

Unauthorized overtime pay can be challenging to mitigate for a business of any size, with Canadian law mandating that a business must pay employees for overtime, even if it was not pre-approved or needed. This payment must be 1.5 times the standard wage and can cost companies well over $3,000 […]

Canadian Labour Code changes effective September 1: “notice” of shift change and employee “right to refuse overtime for family responsibilities.”

Changes to the Canada Labour Code take effect September 1, 2019, impacting any federally regulated employers. The new rules make it mandatory for the employer to give written notice 96 hours before a schedule change, and 24 hours before a shift change. Other regulations include new pay equity standards, plus […]

Pay frequency, transparency, and overall pay experience more critical than the amount of pay or benefits to most employees

In seems like a no-brainer: to retain top employees offer competitive pay rates, benefits and opportunities for merit increases. Bonuses help. Right? Wrong. Although these are given standards, and employees/team members care about them, they are more likely to stick with their employer-based on three unexpected criteria: Pay frequency: flexibility […]

Can you terminate an employee with a long-term disability? Ontario court says “desire to work” is not enough to prevent termination.

Fifteen percent of Ontarians, and nearly four million Canadians had “a disability that limited their daily activities,” according to StatsCan. [1] Small to mid-sized employers struggle with managing disability leave. What do you do when you have a team member on leave for a disability? How do you plan around […]

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