Category Archives: Employment Standards

These entries describe compliance requirements for Canadian employment standards.

Book review

Recently, I was given the opportunity to review the just published Touch: Five Factors to Growing and Leading a Human Organization, by Tod Maffin and Mark Blevis. This review has been posted here on the  HRVoice.org web site by the … Continue reading

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Vacations and Overtime

Vacations and Overtime Here’s a quick test of your payroll knowledge – Jake takes Monday as a vacation day. For that day, the employer pays Jake 8 hours at his regular hourly rate. During the remainder of the week, Jake … Continue reading

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How Canadian Employees Spend Their Paycheques

PaySavvy, a Vancouver-based provider of cloud-based HR, time and attendance and payroll software, has created an online tool showing how much employees earn, on average, by jurisdiction and what employees do with this pay, across different types of expenses. What … Continue reading

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The federally regulated minimum wage

The New Democratic Party has begun releasing its platform for the expected 2015 federal election. Last week, the NDP promised it would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, over the course of its first term should the … Continue reading

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Overtime options: averaging and banking

The normal rule is that when employees work overtime, employers have to pay that out in the same pay period as worked. However, in some jurisdictions, there may be other options. Two options that are sometimes available are averaging and … Continue reading

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Who decides employee hours of work?

Few things are more contentious than disagreements over employee work schedules. Does the employer have the right to determine how many hours employees will work? Are there thresholds past which employees can’t be made to work, with or without their … Continue reading

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Overtime 101

Recently, I did a piece on stat holiday employment standards, where the emphasis was on the questions that must be asked, rather than the detailed answers to those questions in each jurisdiction. The following applies something of this same approach … Continue reading

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