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Workers’ Compensation (WSIB)

Posted by on Aug 31, 2013 in Legislation | 0 comments

https://workplacenl.ca/ Workers’ Compensation in Ontario is managed by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).  Provincially-regulated employers in Ontario are required to register with the Board and to pay a monthly premium based on the company’s size and industry.  If an employee is injured or suffers an illness at work, such that (s)he requires medical attention or loses pay, the employer is required to report the accident or incident to the WSIB within three calendar days of learning of the event. The WSIB provides employees who are injured at work with benefits that...

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WHMIS

Posted by on Aug 31, 2013 in Legislation | 0 comments

WHMIS stands for Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System.   This Health Canada legislation applies to businesses in Ontario, where it is administered by the Ontario Ministry of Labour. WHMIS provides rules and regulations for identifying, storing, and working with hazardous materials in the workplace.   The three main requirements of WHMIS are: ·         ensuring there are labels on containers of hazardous materials ·         maintaining current copies of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to provide detailed hazard and precautionary information ·         providing worker education...

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Terminations

Posted by on Aug 31, 2013 in Practices | 0 comments

Terminations are among the most difficult things a manager has to do, but this may become necessary for a variety of reasons: performance issues, changes in job requirements, company downsizing, etc.  It is never easy, but things will go more smoothly if the manager is prepared. It is important to know the employee’s entitlements under Employment Standards as well as the company’s potential liability at Common Law.  Using this information, prepare (or have legal counsel prepare) a letter to the employee that clearly states the situation, and that outlines any notice period, or...

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Recruiting and Hiring

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Recruiting candidates who are the right fit for your organization can be challenging.  A person may have the education and training, but not the right personality.  Some people are good at presenting themselves in interviews, but may not be as well qualified as less polished individuals.  Others would be excellent employees, but don’t know how to sell themselves.  Interviewers may have personal biases that prevent them from recognizing the attributes of good candidates. Define the Job Defining the job means more than just picking a title and advertising for an open position.  What are the...

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Pensions and Retirement Savings

Posted by on Aug 31, 2013 in Benefits | 0 comments

Pensions and other retirement savings plans are not required in Ontario, but if employers do provide them, most plans must be registered with the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO).  Pension plans are heavily regulated.  Legislation and issues around retirement savings plans are complex, and beyond the scope of this site.  The following provides some basic information, and useful links to help you do the research necessary before deciding on a retirement savings option. Managing and administering your plans can be outsourced, and some of the links below refer to companies that...

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Payroll

Posted by on Aug 31, 2013 in Practices | 0 comments

Canadian employers are required to establish a Payroll Account with The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).   A payroll account can be added to an existing business number (BN).  Employers are responsible for ensuring that the people they hire are eligible to work in Canada.  This is accomplished by obtaining the employee’s Social Insurance Number (SIN) and keeping it on file.  The employee must show you his/her SIN card or letter. If the SIN number begins with a “9” you are also required to confirm that the employee is authorized to work in Canada and has a valid immigration...

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