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Ontario Minimum Wage – January 1, 2018

Ontario has increased it’s minimum wage from $11.60 per hour to $14 per hour on January 1, 2018.

More information on the increase, please click here

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Bill 148

The Ontario government will be amending its Employment Standards Act, 2000 and the Labour Relations Act, 1995,referred to as the “Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017” (“Bill 148”).

The following are a few of the proposed changes.  It will be taking into effect on January 2018:

  • Vacation Entitlement Increase: Minimum vacation entitlement for workers would rise from two to three weeks per year (after five years with the same employer)
  • Public Holiday Pay: Calculation changes for public holiday pay that refer to regular wages in the pay period before the holiday divided by the days worked (rather than a four-week period of regular wages divided by 20)
  • Overtime: The Mixed Hourly Rate (a weighted average established for employees with multiple rates) would be eliminated in favour of paying overtime at the rate of the work performed after the weekly threshold is reached
  • Personal Emergency Leave: all workers will be given 10 personal emergency leave days per year – and a minimum of two days would be paid. Further, employees will not have to provide employers with a sick leave note when requesting personal leave.
  • Advance notice: Employers must offer employees advance notice of 96 hours or be subject to refusal
  • Three-Hour Rule: Removal of minimum wage component – Rather than topping up shifts less than three hours to three times the minimum wage, as proposed, eligible employees would be entitled to three times the regular rate
  • Three-Hour Rule: Broader application – The rule would extend to unworked on-call situations and when shifts are cancelled within 48 hours of the scheduled start time

For more information on Bill 148, click here


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Social Media and Recruitment

Social media began as a source of connecting with long lost friends, however recently it has also become a place where organizations are finding potential employees.

According to the article, McDonald’s is planning to hire thousands of workers using Snapchat, looks at how McDonald is using social media tool, Snapchat,  to hire employees.  The organization promotes it’s brand and increase their potential employees.  It is a great tool to hire the millennium, who is the companies target market and the tool that generation uses to communicate. 

With so many social networks, it has provided recruiter with a larger talent pipeline.

Since recruiters are looking online  for potential candidate.  Candidates should be careful with their online brand.





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Lateral Career Moves

Most of us feel that career progression is upwards.   However, lateral moves can be a stepping stone to one’s career. In a lateral move, an employee moves to an equivalent role in an organization or another organization, usually with a similar salary range and a job title at the same level.  The employee’s job responsibilities can change providing an employee new opportunities.

According to the HBR May 15, 2016 article “Don’t Underestimate the Power of Lateral Career Moves for Professional Growth” illustrates that lateral moves can help in professional development by giving employee a chance to expand their skills and network with a new circle of employees and customers.


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January 1, 2017 Deadline – Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

On January 1st, 2017 organizations with between 1 and 49 employees must ensure the following requirements are satisfied:

  1. Documents provided to the public must be accessible when asked; and,
  2. Employment practices (i.e. how you hire, retain, and promote) must be accessible.
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Why People Quit Their Jobs?

Everyone has a point in their life where they want to quit their job.

Based on the recent HBR article, Why People Quit Their Jobs  looks at why employees leave their jobs. Typically they don’t like their boss, don’t see opportunities for promotion or growth, or are offered a better pay.

With the popularity of social media, it was found that the reason employees want to make a change is their sense of how they’re doing compared with other people in their peer group, or with where they thought they would be at a certain point in life.

Also, people tend to make changes during their work anniversaries, birthdays—particularly midlife milestones such as turning 40 or 50—can prompt employees to assess their careers and take action if they’re unhappy with the results and large social gatherings of peers, such as class reunions, can also be catalysts to measure their progress relative to others.

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The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a master’s degree in business administration.  Most programs teach students to be successful in the corporate world.  These programs have become so popular that students who have graduated from undergraduate immediately apply for MBA schools.   This is with the hope of getting more job opportunities.  However, “MBA” on a resume is no longer guarantees employment because everyone seems to have one.  It does not differentiate anyone if thousands of applicants have similar credentials.

When I was deciding on continuing my education, I realized that master degrees appeared less on resumes.  It differentiated me from the other applicants because it demonstrated that I had a specific career direction and could be a subject matter expert in the field of  HR.

Another good way to  be more competitive is having work experience prior to pursuing a MBA or master’s degree.  This can help better understand the work place and easier with school projects.

The July 13, 2016 article “Nothing special: MBAs are no longer prized by employers” (The Economist) illustrates the MBA may not have the competitive edge for employment opportunities as it once did.