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Employment Standards Proposed Changes

Some major employment standards changes proposed by the government are coming in 2018: Minimum Wage Increases: $14 per hour on January 1, 2018 and $15 per hour on January 1, 2019 (with similar, but reduced, increases for student minimum wage). The current minimum wage for most employees is $11.40 per hour.[…]

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What to look for in 2017 – Are you ready?

We have successfully helped our clients meet their strategic goals to stay abreast, if not ahead, of all the legislative changes impacting employment, in addition to maximizing opportunities available i.e., government funded programs. For 2017, please see below. Are you ready? Funding Opportunities – 2017 Summer Jobs Grants – deadline[…]

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AODA – Are you ready?

Employers in Ontario have been aware of the Ontario Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (the “AODA”) since it came into force in June 2005.  The AODA seeks to achieve accessibility for Ontarians with disabilities with respect to goods, services, facilities, accommodation, employment, buildings, structures and premises on or[…]

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Advantages of the Employee Handbook – keeping it current

Almost everyone knows that the Employee Handbook is a reference guide for both managers and employees. It contains policies that inform employees of their employer’s expectations. In addition, the Employee Handbook can also comprise other information that is useful to the employee, such as the business’s history, its goals, and[…]

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Preparing for Unemployment and Managing Job Search

Most of us would have been unemployed at one time or another in our lifetime. Given the economic climate and many recent announcements of layoffs, your unemployment whether expected, or hitting you out of the clear blue, may last awhile. With this possibility in mind, what can you do now[…]

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Managing employees with family obligations – The Law

Family Status and Childcare Obligations – Duty to Accommodate Balancing the need to retain talent and support employees while ensuring a productive workplace is a challenge facing all employers. Under the Human Rights Code, employers, unions, landlords and service providers all have a legal duty to accommodate based on a person’s[…]

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HR Advice When You Need It Most

Recently Statistics Canada reported that self-employment jobs increased by 86,900 in August 2014, www.statcan.gc.ca/tables-tableaux/sum-som/l01/cst01/labr66a-eng.htm. This number is a combination of various new businesses which means many start-up companies will be looking for help with Human Resources. In Ontario, The Ontario Ministry of Labour conducts ongoing “Provincial Blitzes” which are province-wide,[…]

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