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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

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

“What if…” The Questions Employers Are Asking

Posted by HRdownloads on May 15, 2020 3:08:00 PM

While we are all working hard to get our lives back as close as possible to our normal routines, employers are worried about what will happen if they have to shut down again. It’s stressful to contemplate going through this again, but it doesn’t help to pretend it’s impossible. You owe it to your organization and your employees to prepare for such outcomes. Employers have also been thinking about how vacation time employees have left will further affect operations.

Is there anything you can do to prepare your business? We received many questions like these after our most recent COVID-19 webinar. We’ll take a look at some of the most popular questions on the topic.

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Topics: Health and Safety, Small Business, HR Challenges

Right to Refuse: Do Employees Have to Go Back?

Posted by HRdownloads on May 8, 2020 2:26:00 PM

You might be excited to get back to work, but are your employees? Some may be saying, “Yes!” but others, “Not so much.” Many of us spent the last couple of months distant from everyone outside our household, so it’s natural that employees have concerns about suddenly returning to their normal routine after spending all this time distant from co-workers, customers, and the public in general.

So what do you do if an employee refuses to return? Or what if an employee is pushing to continue to work from home? We received many questions like these after our most recent COVID-19 webinar. We’ll take a look at some of the most popular questions, but you can also download the full webinar at the bottom of this article to get valuable advice from one of our HR experts.

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Topics: Health and Safety, Small Business, HR Challenges

Resuming Operations: Is It Time to Go Back?

Posted by HRdownloads on May 5, 2020 2:38:00 PM

Are you and your employees tired of working from home? Well, we might have some good news! Many jurisdictions across the country are starting to pull back restrictions, allowing many Canadians to go back to work. While it might still be some time before employees working from home can return to offices, there is hope right now.

There are a few things you need to consider, though: just because you can let everyone come back to work, should you? And, if you choose to, what other challenges may arise? We received many questions like these after our most recent COVID-19 webinar. We’ll take a look at some of the most popular questions, but you can also download the full webinar at the bottom of this article to get valuable advice from one of our experts.

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Topics: Health and Safety, Small Business, HR Challenges

How to partner locally and give back during uncertain times

Posted by HRdownloads on Mar 23, 2020 4:02:44 PM

With the seemingly nonstop news coverage surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, it’s easy to lose sight of the efforts that citizens and organizations alike have made to help others during this uncertain period.

You may be asking yourself, “What can I or my company do to help?” Turns out there are many recent examples of organizations going the extra mile, and in some cases pivoting their business temporarily in order to meet the unanticipated and unprecedented needs of both people and the business community.

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Topics: Small Business

Business Continuity Calculator: Helping you Understand Profit Loss

Posted by HRdownloads on Mar 23, 2020 10:51:57 AM

In times of uncertainty, small business owners and owners of profit centres struggle to understand the effect of decreased revenues on their organizations. Our business continuity calculator provides a fast and simple way to calculate the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the financial success of your business.

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Topics: Small Business, HR Challenges

Back to Basics: An Introduction to HR for Business Owners

Posted by HRdownloads on Oct 3, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Owning a business has a lot of perks, but those perks are accompanied by many responsibilities. For most business owners, growing your business and making a profit are top priorities, but to get there, you’ll probably need help from others.

Besides handling the typical tasks of recruiting, managing day-to-day issues, and dealing with terminations, business owners also need to be concerned about areas like diversity in employment, legislative compliance, assessing performance, and providing employees with appropriate compensation. But who is responsible for those tasks?

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Topics: Small Business, HR Challenges

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