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Go Home, You're Sick: How to Keep Sick Workers Away

Posted by HRdownloads on Feb 18, 2021 1:07:00 PM

The message is clear: “Stay home if you’re sick. Don’t go to work.” All levels of government and public health officials across the country require Canadians to stay home if they show symptoms of COVID-19. But for many Canadians, even some on your own team, this is easier said than done. So how do you encourage employees who are sick to stay home? 

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Topics: HR Challenges

Putting People First in 2021: People-Based HR Trends

Posted by HRdownloads on Feb 11, 2021 3:28:00 PM

It’s the beginning of a new year, which means it’s time to reflect on the past and prepare for the year ahead. 2020 was a tough year for all of us as we navigated the challenges of a global pandemic. Together, employers and employees faced many challenges, including business closures, layoffs, strict health and safety measures, changing business models, remote work, and mental health struggles. It is no surprise that our experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic were a driving factor for the HR trends we will see this year. While there are numerous HR trends to explore, we have chosen to highlight people-based trends this year. 

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Topics: HR Challenges

Opposites Contract: Understanding Employment Classification and Avoiding Penalties

Posted by HRdownloads on Feb 4, 2021 3:40:00 PM

Most workers are either employees or independent contractors, and which category a person belongs to has profound implications for every part of their work, and severe consequences for employers who get the distinction wrong. 

The reason the penalties for worker misclassification can be so severe owes a lot to how different the two classes are. 

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Topics: Small Business, HR Challenges, contract employees

Lessons Learned: How to Virtually Onboard New Employees

Posted by HRdownloads on Jan 28, 2021 3:31:00 PM

The appeal of virtual onboarding during the pandemic is obvious. In the early stages of lockdowns and quarantines, it was unavoidable that new employees would be introduced to your organization virtually. Even now as organizations reopen, many people are still under temporary isolation or are joining companies that have restrictions on who can be onsite, meaning that many employees are still working from home at least some of the time. 

This pandemic will end eventually, but as that ‘eventually’ retreats further into the future, we can’t lose sight of our present responsibilities. Our organizations still have work to do, and that includes recruitment and onboarding. But how can you be sure that new hires you onboard virtually can still succeed and contribute quickly to your organization?

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Topics: HR Challenges

What About Trust? Building Trust in the Workplace

Posted by HRdownloads on Jan 21, 2021 3:13:00 PM

Trust is a two-way street; employers must trust their employees and earn their trust in return. It is an essential component of a healthy and successful workplace. Studies have shown that workplaces where strong trust is present have higher levels of employee engagement, productivity, and innovation, with lower turnover rates than competitors.

By now, you may be asking yourself, “Is there trust in my organization?”

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Topics: HR Challenges

Rough Waters Ahead? What to Do When Your Employees Are Ready to Jump Ship

Posted by HRdownloads on Jan 13, 2021 3:36:00 PM

When the country is experiencing record high unemployment and layoffs due to the pandemic, it’s unsettling to hear that nearly half of employees still want to quit their jobs despite the economic downturn.

A recent survey from Hays reported that 49 percent of employees are seriously considering leaving their current role. The main reasons cited include compensation, lack of growth opportunity, and company benefits; however, a deeper look reveals that how the company has acted and responded (or failed to respond) to employee concerns during the pandemic has also influenced employees to leave their jobs.

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Topics: HR Challenges

Saying Goodbye to 2020 (and Managing Expectations for 2021)!

Posted by HRdownloads on Jan 7, 2021 2:28:00 PM

2020 was, well, challenging to say the least. Even if the COVID-19 pandemic hadn’t occurred and shut down the world’s economies, there were still widespread natural disasters and profound civil unrest. Consequently, many of us were counting the days to January 1, 2021, eager to finally call an end to the hectic, frustrating, bewildering, and occasionally desperate year.

While a new year sounds promising, you may want to brace yourself for disappointment. Many of the stressors that made 2020 so exhausting and endless will continue well into 2021. But don’t give up hope yet! Managing your expectations for yourself and your team is the first step towards a successful new year.

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Topics: HR Challenges

How Are Other Businesses Doing? COVID-19: Immediate Responses and Impact

Posted by HRdownloads on Jul 22, 2020 2:49:00 PM

In April 2020, HRdownloads conducted a survey to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting HR and business leaders in the areas of business operations, workforce management, and customer relations.

With an amazing 1,228 survey responses, this information provides the closest look yet at how small and medium businesses (SMB) have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic across Canada.

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Topics: HR Challenges

Futureproofing the Fine Print: Termination Clauses in Ontario

Posted by HRdownloads on Jul 16, 2020 3:30:00 PM

Common-law awards for termination tend to be substantially greater than the notice or statutory severance payments required under legislation, so employers have long tried to write termination clauses into contracts that explicitly limit employees to their legislative entitlements alone. Over years of complex litigation, Ontario courts frequently have struck down these termination clauses as unenforceable, often for very subtle choices of wording, to the point that it can seem almost impossible to write a contract that will actually hold up in court. Two recent decisions from Ontario courts make this task harder still.

The two decisions, Waksdale v. Swegon North America Inc. and Rutledge v. Canaan Construction Inc., once again narrow the scope of acceptable termination clauses in Ontario employment contracts. Courts generally hold that employers have more power in the workplace, particularly in setting terms of employment contracts, and therefore bear the greater responsibility to craft terms that are legally compliant and do not deprive employees of their legal rights and entitlements. What makes these decisions important is how broadly they read those rights.

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Topics: HR Challenges

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

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