ORPP, could mean OMG for Employers!

  Although it seems far away, the ORPP will be upon us quickly. Is there enough time to prepare new administrative processes and budgets for the proposed Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP)? These questions will have to be pondered by organizations and employees alike. Basic facts: The Government of Ontario will be implementing the ORPP in January 2017. The Ontario Government created the ORPP as a “predictable source of...

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Thinking of a Tuition Assistance Program?

By Stacy Glass and Kathryn Benson, Sr HR Consultants, HR Options Thinking of a Tuition Assistance Program? The trend for tuition reimbursement is on the rise in Canada and the U.S.. In fact, the majority of the top 50 companies in Canada have some sort of continuing education or scholarship program (http://www.macleans.ca/economy/business/canadas-50-best-employers/). We definitely see these types of programs on the rise as they are...

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Is an unlimited vacation policy right for your Canadian team?

By Stacy Glass & Kathryn Benson, Sr. Human Resources Consultants, HR Options What is the administrative reality of implementing an unlimited vacation policy in Canada? Here are a few things to consider about the importance of tracking vacation time taken in Canada, even if you have an unlimited vacation policy. Canadian legislation states that new employees must receive 4% of gross earnings as vacation pay and at least 2 weeks per...

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“Stuck with Canada”? Understanding what this means from a HR perspective

In July 2013 an established US company was seeing an increased demand for their product in Canada. The demand became so great that they required someone on the ground in Canada to service their customers. That’s when I met Sandie, the company’s Human Resources Manager. Sandie handled their U.S. Human Resource functions with ease. She knew all the fine print of US legislation and everything you could know about employing in the U.S. So...

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3 Important considerations for bringing U.S. workers to Canada

With the U.S. and Canada having one of the largest international borders in the world, it’s no wonder that we have an inherent need to develop a cross border workforce. Without taking the initiative to move across the border either way, you are missing out on a huge potential market audience. As a Senior Human Resources Consultant with HR Options, I have been answering cross border questions for the last 10 years and have come up with three key considerations..

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