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Ontario Healthcare to Bill Back to Private (Company) Plans First

In Ontario, the new pharmacare program — which was set up by the previous Liberal Government to provide free coverage on more than 4,400 drugs to those under 24 — is being amended.  The Progressive Conservatives have changed the legislation to ensure that, for those who are covered under private plans – OHIP would bill those private plans first. Health […]

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WSIB New Model Failing Vulnerable Workers – According to Toronto Star

A new article in the Toronto Star points a stern finger at WSIB’s new organizational model and reports that the new way of doing business is failing workers. Read more about the Star’s take on the WSIB’s new commitment to providing insurance services in the province of Ontario here: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2019/02/21/wsib-staff-decry-call-centre-model-they-say-is-failing-vulnerable-workers-documents-show.html

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Are you prepared for Significant Changes to Employment Standards in Ontario?

Significant amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) are expected in 2019. Bill 66, the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act is scheduled for debate this February. If passed, this bill could yield positive outcomes for both businesses and employees across Ontario. The primary objective for the proposed amendments is to allow for improved cost savings […]

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Ontario Freezes Minimum Wage at $14.00 Until 2020

The Ontario government introduced sweeping labour reforms on Wednesday November 21st 2018. The new law will freeze the minimum wage at $14.00 per hour until 2020 and will cut 2 paid personal leave days for workers. The change is intended to encourage job growth in the province of Ontario and reduce the burden of costs […]

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Alberta Minimum Wage Increases to $15.00

On October 1st 2018, Alberta became the first province in Canada to raise the minimum wage for workers to $15.00 per hour. This wage increase is the final stage of a plan set out by the NDP in 2015 promising to raise the minimum wage from the previous rate of $10.20 per hour. This increase […]

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British Columbia Minimum Wage Update

B.C.’s minimum wage went up by $1.30 on Friday to boost the province’s previous wage of $11.35 per hour to $12.65. This wage increase is the first of a multi-part plan to raise the living wage to just over $15 per hour by 2021. In June 2019, B.C.’s minimum wage will rise another $1.20, taking […]

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Stay Informed – Public Holiday Pay Change

After reviewing submissions and feedback from a number of businesses in Ontario, on May 7, 2018, the Ontario government announced that it is going to be rolling back their changes to the public holiday pay formula that was implemented with the introduction of Bill 148 on January 1, 2018. The Bill 148 amendment was highly […]

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Equal Pay for Equal Work

On April 1, 2018, Ontario became the first jurisdiction in North America to mandate equal pay for equal work between casual, part-time, temporary and seasonal workers, and full-time or permanent workers. Under the new rules, casual, part-time, temporary and seasonal employees cannot be paid at a rate of pay less than full-time or permanent employees […]

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Devriez-vous utiliser une agence de dotation?

Did you know cost of hiring can exceed $5,000 per employee? While some of that expense is in training and lost productivity, a large part of the cost is in the hiring process itself: how much time your managers spend discussing the opening and the objectives of the hire; advertising; screening; interviewing; re-interviewing; background checking; and […]

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Marque Employeur

Every company cares what potential customers think of their brand but not enough care what potential employees think. The reality is today’s candidates want more than just a job. Most people want to work for a company that provides an ideal employee experience. According to a recent hiring statistical analysis for 2017, 84% of candidates […]

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