Author Archives: Kathryn

About Kathryn

We provide one-on-one consulting services to help identify the necessary HR requirements for your specific business needs. We review and update policies and procedures, give you the tools to deal with “problem employees”, manage WSIB and Return to Work claims, and Labour Relations issues.

Do Employees Get Paid Time Off to Vote?

On Monday October 21, voting stations in Ontario will be open from 9:30 am to 9:30 pm, but some workers shifts will not permit them to attend the polling station during those hours (i.e. persons who work 12-hour shifts). While advance polls and online voting are possibilities, Elections Canada has “rules” that permit employees to take time off work to vote. You can check the Elections Canada FAQ list here. Employers must ensure that persons who don’t work a “normal 8 hour shift” have three consecutive hours in which to attend their polling station and cast their vote.  If this Continue Reading »

MOL Announces Inspection Blitz

The Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) has announced an inspection blitz that “…will focus on workplaces in the construction, health care, industrial and mining sectors. It coincides with Global Ergonomics Month in October. The workplace inspections will run from October 1 to December 27, 2019.” The MOL will be focusing on repetitive strain injuries and musculoskeletal injuries resulting from poor ergonomics and improper lifting techniques. Be ready! Call us today for assistance with your Ergonomic and Safe Work Policies!

What to do with Extra Vacation Pay?

Employees who work a lot of overtime or extra hours could earn more vacation pay than is needed to cover their time off.  What happens to the “extra” vacation pay?  It goes to the employee.  Under the Employment Standards Act (ESA), vacation pay is treated the same as an earned wage or overtime pay. It is very important that vacation accrual and use is tracked on an employee’s paystub. An example:  Jane works 37.5 “regular” hours plus 3 hours of overtime every week. Let’s assume that Jane uses her 10 days of vacation in July and her accrued vacation pay Continue Reading »

Is Your Business Prepared for a Sudden Departure?

Accidents, illness, and employee turnover are an unfortunate part of business life, and your employees need to know what comes next in the event that you or another key person they rely on are no longer able to perform their usual duties.  It can also compromise your organization if you have only one person in control of this information-bills go unpaid, emails not returned, information that is vital can be lost forever if not backed up and secured. Trying to change accesses to online accounts can be very time consuming and troubling if there isn’t a second, or even third, Continue Reading »