Category Archives: Best Practices

Big picture sometimes works best when reading employment standards

Anyone responsible for ensuring compliance with employment standards, or with source deduction requirements, should have at least some familiarity with the legislation that applies. I’d even go further and say that anyone with these responsibilities should make a conscious, ongoing … Continue reading

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Improving HCM Investment Returns

HR executives seeking corporate approval for new HCM projects must be able to demonstrate an acceptable level of return on the related investments. I would argue the single most important step that can improve these returns is a thorough review … Continue reading

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How to avoid pitfalls in vacation policies and practices

Three weeks’ vacation at 6%. Sounds easy doesn’t it. However, vacation policies are complex and unless you pay careful attention, it’s easy to stumble. Here’s how to avoid the major pitfalls. Employers often promise employees so many weeks of paid … Continue reading

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Averaging agreements aren’t a silver bullet

Averaging agreements can be useful tools for employers to help manage overtime costs, but they aren’t a silver bullet. Under the BC employment standards, there are three main benefits from calculating overtime based on an averaging agreement: Overtime on a … Continue reading

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Calculating semi-monthly salary changes?

Here’s a test of your payroll knowledge: Carole was hired effective November 9, 2015. Her annual salary is $66,000 and is paid on a semi-monthly basis. Her regular hours of work are 37.5 hours/week, Monday to Friday. How much should … Continue reading

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