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Employment Insurance Parental Leave Benefits

Employment Insurance Parental Leave Benefits As of March 17, 2019, parents are entitled to receive extra weeks of Employment Insurance (EI) parental benefits when both parents share parental leave. The federal government has increased the number of weeks available to parents with a child born or placed with them for adoption on or after March […]

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Bill 47: The Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018

Bill 47: The Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018 What does it mean for employers and workers in Ontario? On October 23, 2018, the Ford government tabled Bill 47, which will repeal most of Bill 148’s reforms.  Bill 47 has rolled back many of the progressive innovations to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) […]

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The Most Common HR Mistakes Small Businesses Make — And How to Fix Them

The Most Common HR Mistakes Small Businesses Make — And How to Fix Them   Small businesses have a tendency of ignoring human resources until there is a problem. It’s incorrect to assume that smaller organizations are immune to HR challenges because of their size. Smaller businesses are actually at an even greater risk because they often […]

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Employee Misclassification Checklist

Employee Misclassification Checklist This article is an introduction to the Employee Misclassification under Bill 148.  The ESA now specifically prohibits an employer from treating an employee as an independent.  Employers must prove that the Subcontractor is independent and not an employee.  The Ministry of Labour can issue fine as high as $50,000 for an individual […]

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Bill 148: Fair Workplaces Better Jobs Act, 2017

Bill 148: Fair Workplaces Better Jobs Act, 2017 The Ontario government has passed the Bill 148 on November 22, 2017.  The Bill amends the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) and the Labour Relations Act with a target effective date of January 1, 2018.  The Bill stills needs to receive Royal Assent. To help employers navigate […]

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5 Tips to Giving Constructive Feedback

5 Tips to Giving Constructive Feedback   Do you dread the thought of giving an employee constructive feedback about their work? You’re not alone.  Most managers think that if they address performance issues head-on that they’ll only make matters worse.  They either say nothing, sugar-coat the message beyond recognition or delay the discussion until annual […]

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Part 2: The Reinvention of Employee Handbooks

Part 2: The Reinvention of Employee Handbooks   In Part 1 of this series, we talked about why small businesses need employee handbooks in place.  So, we know there are federal and provincial employment laws that mandate employers to have certain policies in place and a handbook is the simplest way to comply.  Plus, a […]

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Part 1: The Reinvention of Employee Handbooks

Part 1: The Reinvention of Employee Handbooks   An employee handbook is not required by law, but they are a “must-have” regardless of the size of your business.  I know when I started my HR small business one of our biggest challenges was trying to keep everyone aligned with the company’s vision.  We also wanted […]

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5 Insider Tricks to Improving Your Resume

5 Insider Tricks to Improving Your Resume There it is, a post for your dream job, and you’re the perfect candidate. Your little heart goes pitter-patter with excitement. But, your resume won’t even get a second glance if it isn’t configured properly. The cold hard truth is your resume has only 6 seconds to impress. Incorporate these […]

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