There will likely be a time when every company needs a little extra manpower to meet various work demands. When this happens, employers often look to their staff to help out by working overtime hours. Overtime may be worked for any number of reasons, including meeting specified deadlines, accommodating labour shortages, ensuring the timely completion of projects, or even meeting client needs and demands. Regardless of the reason, employers have an obligation, by law, to ensure that employees are fairly compensated for the work they perform.
To date, 2017 has been a year of change for minimum wage standards in Canada. In an effort to keep up with the ever-increasing cost of living, several provinces have responded with commitments to minimum wage increases. So far, both Alberta and Ontario have committed to increasing their minimum wage rates to $15 per hour—Alberta by October 2018 and Ontario by January 2019.
Maybe you’ve come across this before. You’re coming up to a long weekend, and one of your employees decides they’re going to “play hooky” the Friday before a long weekend. Some Canadians might not know that, depending on their jurisdiction, one of the consequences could be that the employee forfeits their holiday pay entitlement.
Today is International Women’s Day (IWD), a day to celebrate women and summon global action to achieve gender parity. A common conversation around the world is gender pay gap, which considers the difference in the earnings between men and women.
Payroll mistakes, no matter how small, can be costly to any business. Error-free payroll requires immense organization, time management, and knowledge of federal and provincial requirements. Unsurprisingly then, government agencies and ministries find that payroll mistakes occur regularly due to disorganization and poor housekeeping, which causes employers to pay less than they should to their employees, the government, or both.
With the holidays fast approaching, many employees are looking forward to enjoying some time off. Some employees may even look forward to working over the holidays for the extra pay. Of course, legislated (sometimes called statutory, public, general, or paid) holidays are important, as they allow employees to rest and relax or celebrate various important events without a loss of pay.
Knowing how to set competitive wages is essential for employers and strategically minded HR professionals who want to see their company succeed and thrive. Competitive wages are central to fundamental elements of business strategy including compensation, productivity, and the profitability of the company.
You’ve likely heard about the impressive employee benefits offered at Google, Netflix, or Facebook. Many companies believe that investing in unique employee incentives attracts and retains top performers—and they aren’t wrong! Additional employee perks rank higher than salary in terms of job selection and job satisfaction. While you may not have the funds to offer perks like Google, Netflix, or Facebook, there are plenty of unique and low-cost alternative employee incentives emerging in the job market in order to attract and retain top talent.
It would be astonishing to find any company that can legitimately claim to have achieved 100% employee satisfaction. There are many practical and effective steps you can take to boost employee satisfaction and engagement, and address the issues that affect your employees. Doing so can increase employee morale, productivity, and job satisfaction, and result in a variety of benefits for your business, from increased profitability to improved customer satisfaction. Take a look at five top employee complaints, and ways in which you can improve the situation for you and your employees.