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Happy Holidays: Understanding the Basics of Paid Holidays

Posted by HRdownloads on Sep 4, 2020 2:38:00 PM

For employees, a paid holiday is a welcome treat, but for employers, coordinating all the details can be a headache. It’s easier if you’re closed for the day, but many businesses, especially small ones, can’t close completely and therefore have to worry about substitute days off and calculating pay for working on a holiday.

The rules are intricate and varied, and the issues can be uncommon enough that employers don’t have the knowledge of habit to guide them. Unfortunately, employers have to master these rules; failing to pay an employee what they’re entitled to, or failing to give them the legislated time off, can land employers in serious legal trouble.

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Topics: Small Business, Holidays, Canadian Businesses

How is COVID-19 affecting other businesses’ compensation plans?

Posted by HRdownloads on Aug 25, 2020 2:32:00 PM

In May 2020, we surveyed our clients to learn whether employers are having any compensation challenges and whether their priorities have shifted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic across Canada. We we’re happy to have received over 550 completed surveys, giving us (and now you!) great insights into how businesses are doing across the county.

From the results, we uncovered important information and surprising data, which helped us shape the content and support we create for our clients. We were interested to learn that approximately 38% of respondents had applied for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), designed to help organizations keep their team employed. A good thing to hear was that almost 64% of respondents did not have to reduce or freeze wages. But there is so much more we can all learn from how other businesses dealt with the effects of COVID-19.

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Topics: Small Business, Canadian Businesses

Masks 101: What You Should Know About Wearing Masks in the Workplace

Posted by HRdownloads on Aug 19, 2020 3:45:00 PM

We’ve all done it, gone to the store, taken off our masks and shoved them into our pocket or purse before heading home. Wearing a mask in public places and the workplace is new to many of us and it’s important to consider sanitary measures when putting on and removing masks to ensure they are effective.

With many workplaces now requiring employees to wear masks, employees might be asking, “What is the difference between the types of masks?” “Is there a certain way to put it on?” or “Do I have to clean it?” And if they aren’t asking these questions, they’re definitely thinking about them. We have answers and an infographic you can share with your team to help them safely and effectively use their masks.

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Topics: Health and Safety, Canadian Businesses

Homeschool or Work? Maybe You Don’t Have to Choose

Posted by HRdownloads on Aug 14, 2020 2:33:00 PM

Provincial governments have announced that schools will resume in September, introducing another hurdle in the pandemic recovery that employers might not have expected. Parents are concerned, and employers may see employees exiting who prefer to homeschool if they don’t feel their children will be safe. According to a study conducted by Statistics Canada, 74% of parents were very or extremely concerned about balancing childcare, school, and work. Under the circumstances, some employees might think they can’t do everything, and employers might not know how to assist them.

To help you and your employees out, here are some common questions you might have to answer about accommodating parents when school resumes.

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Topics: Health and Safety, Canadian Businesses

Rules Aren't Meant to Be Broken: When Customers (or Other People) Ignore Safety Measures

Posted by HRdownloads on Aug 6, 2020 2:47:00 PM

Reopening is firmly here, but so is the pandemic still, meaning businesses must take precautions to prevent exposing employees and the public to infection. Many stores are limiting occupancy, reducing hours, requiring masks, among other measures—usually taking multiple simultaneous precautions.

If employees fail to follow your new health and safety guidelines, your course is pretty clear: unless they have a reasonable objection like requiring an accommodation, employees must follow safety protocols or face appropriate progressive discipline. What’s less clear is an employer’s option when the reluctant party isn’t an employee. What happens when a customer refuses to wear a mask, for example? Or a supplier, vendor, or visitor?

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Topics: Health and Safety, Canadian Businesses

No Org Is an Island: External Factors Affecting Your Reopening Plans

Posted by HRdownloads on Jul 29, 2020 2:26:00 PM

You’re ready to reopen: you’ve talked to your employees about their concerns, and you’ve addressed all of them. The people who need accommodations will get them, there will be safety measures in place, PPE is available, everyone’s done their training. What’s left? Quite a lot, maybe. Even though your organization is about to reopen, other employers might not be so prepared, or might have restrictions still that make reopening a trickier issue. You might think other businesses are none of your business, but no organization exists independently, and this doesn’t just apply to obvious supplier and vendor relationships or other business-to-business transactions.

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Topics: Health and Safety, Canadian Businesses

Workplace Wellness by Design: Applying the Hierarchy of Controls to Mental Health

Posted by HRdownloads on Jul 2, 2020 2:34:00 PM

While there have been increasing concerns over mental health for many years, the pandemic has applied unique stressors that have exacerbated existing mental heath issues and created entirely new ones. According to a recent survey by SunLife, 50% of Canadian’s report that their mental health has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. And many government bodies (e.g. StatsCan), health organizations (e.g. World Health Organization), and independent research houses (e.g. H-4.org) are predicting an unprecedented mental health disaster – one that is likely to have long-lasting implications. Yet, what do we hear the most about? How to put on a mask. How to wash our hands. How to physically distance. But what about how to proactively manage mental health issues? As business leaders, we can and we must better manage mental health concerns. How? Well if you are an HR leader, a solution has been staring us in the face for a long time…

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Topics: Small Business, Canadian Businesses

You've Got the Green Light to Re-Open, but is it Ethical?

Posted by HRdownloads on Jun 29, 2020 3:30:00 PM

The economic hardships of the prolonged COVID-19 shutdown mean that many organizations feel enormous pressure to resume operations as soon as possible, but besides the obvious health and safety issues involved with re-opening, employers must consider the range of ethical issues that are likely to arise.

Ethics in business matter more than ever because of how easily and quickly employer misconduct can come to light. Without naming names, we can all think of examples of organizations that have engaged in unethical behaviour and been called out online or in public. When this happens, some customers will cut ties, and employees might quit. Even those customers and employees who remain will have their trust shaken.

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Topics: Small Business, Canadian Businesses

Who Gets to Work from Home?

Posted by HRdownloads on Jun 19, 2020 1:11:00 PM

Almost five million Canadians started working from home since March 2020, but not all jobs can be done remotely, and the question of which jobs can—and who has those jobs—is important to answer as we think about how to keep employees safe and begin resuming operations.

Just as the pandemic’s effects were unevenly distributed, endangering some Canadians more than others, there is a very real chance that the recovery efforts will have uneven effects that worsen existing problems.

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Topics: HR Challenges, Canadian Businesses

Changing the Way We Work: How and When to Create a New Role in Your Organization

Posted by HRdownloads on Jun 15, 2020 3:16:00 PM

In response to COVID-19, businesses across Canada have had to make some drastic changes to how they operate. While some organizations had to completely close down, others found ways to keep some elements of the business running and do what was necessary for the company to survive.

Restrictions on what could remain open and social distancing measures disrupted typical operations, but with restrictions easing and many Canadians back at work, new positions in your organization could be required.

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Topics: HR Challenges, Canadian Businesses

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