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BUILDING AN ONBOARDING PROGRAM THAT KEEPS EMPLOYEES

Posted in Employment, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

BUILDING AN ONBOARDING PROGRAM THAT KEEPS EMPLOYEES

Losing associates is costly. Here is how some companies are working to make a great first impression. As an employee, your first impression of an organization matters. A Glassdoor survey found that organizations with a strong onboarding process improve new hire retention by 82 percent and productivity by more than 70 percent. Unfortunately, many companies aren’t doing this right. Only 12 percent of employees strongly agree that their organization does a great job onboarding new employees,...

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IS COVID-19 MAKING HALIFAX A MORE ATTRACTIVE PLACE TO DO BUSINESS?

Posted in Coronavirus, Employment, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

IS COVID-19 MAKING HALIFAX A MORE ATTRACTIVE PLACE TO DO BUSINESS?

Covid-19 has devastated Halifax’s economy on just about every front, but the global pandemic appears to be pushing more firms to expand and hire in the city. Wendy Luther is the president and CEO of the Halifax Partnership. She says her investment attraction team is fielding more calls than ever from firms looking to make Halifax their home. Since the beginning of April, Luther says her team has secured confirmation from seven companies who will move into Halifax this year. Shopify, North Bay...

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LABOUR FORCE SURVEY, JUNE 2020

Posted in Coronavirus, Employment, Ministry Of Labour

LABOUR FORCE SURVEY, JUNE 2020

Context: COVID-19 restrictions gradually ease Labour Force Survey (LFS) results for June reflect labour market conditions as of the week of June 14 to June 20. By then, public health restrictions had been substantially eased in most parts of the country. Tighter restrictions remained in place in much of southwestern Ontario, including Toronto. As businesses and workplaces continued to re-open across the country, physical distancing and other requirements remained in place. Likewise, large...

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THE RESIDENTIAL AND NON-RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY WILL LEAD THE POST COVID-19 ECONOMIC RECOVERY

Posted in Coronavirus, Development, Employment, Finance, Health & Safety, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

THE RESIDENTIAL AND NON-RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY WILL LEAD THE POST COVID-19 ECONOMIC RECOVERY

The Canadian and Ontario Home Builders’ Associations (CHBA and OHBA) and the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) have submitted a 20-point plan to the Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee to help kick-start the Canadian economy post COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on Canada, Ontario, and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Millions of people lost their jobs and the economy has all but ground to a halt. As governments at all levels start to look at...

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THREE QUARTERS OF WORKERS WANT THE CHOICE TO WORK FROM HOME AFTER LOCKDOWN

Posted in Coronavirus, Employment, Health & Safety, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Professional Services

THREE QUARTERS OF WORKERS WANT THE CHOICE TO WORK FROM HOME AFTER LOCKDOWN

Seventy-seven percent of the workforce say they want to continue to work from home, at least weekly, when the pandemic is over. That represents a 132 percent increase over those who did so before COVID-19. These and other findings from the Global Work-from-Home Experience Survey, which claims to be the largest post-COVID survey on the topic to date, will lead to profound changes in office space needs, workplace design, workforce policies and practices, and employer, employee, and environmental...

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ONTARIO REACHES FIRST STAGE OF RESTARTING ECONOMY. HERE’S A LIST OF BUSINESSES ALLOWED TO REOPEN

Posted in Coronavirus, Employment, Finance, Health & Safety, Industry Trends, Media Releases, Newsworthy

ONTARIO REACHES FIRST STAGE OF RESTARTING ECONOMY. HERE’S A LIST OF BUSINESSES ALLOWED TO REOPEN

A slew of businesses in Ontario—including some retail stores, recreation and sport facilities, and professional workplaces—reopened on Tuesday after a months-long shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced his intention to move forward with his plan to jumpstart the economy, which has largely been in lockdown since he declared a state of emergency in mid-March. The province entered the first stage of the “restart phase” of reopening, as outlined in...

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YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE TO PREPARING FOR A RETURN TO YOUR OFFICES

Posted in Coronavirus, Employment, Health & Safety, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Professional Services

YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE TO PREPARING FOR A RETURN TO YOUR OFFICES

Business continuity plans should consider four main areas while preparing for the P&C industry workforce to return to work in an office setting, KPMG told Canadian Underwriter in an interview Friday. These four areas include: Identifying the people responsible for planning the return to work Taking into account employees’ physical and mental health Readying the workplace facilities for social distancing Developing a COVID-19 infection or contagion response plan. Where we are at now...

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SEVERAL PROVINCES BEGIN EASING COVID-19 LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Coronavirus, Employment, Finance, Health & Safety, Industry Trends, Media Releases, Newsworthy

SEVERAL PROVINCES BEGIN EASING COVID-19 LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS

A much anticipated new phase in the COVID-19 pandemic starts today with several provinces beginning the process of slowly loosening some of their lockdown restrictions. Quebec, which accounts for more than half of Canada’s coronavirus cases, including deaths from the illness, is reopening retail stores outside Montreal while those in the greater Montreal area are to reopen on May 11. Ontario, the other epicentre for the virus, is allowing a small list of mostly seasonal businesses to...

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HOW MOM-AND-POP LANDLORDS ARE COPING WITH THE PANDEMIC

Posted in Coronavirus, Employment, Finance, Housing, Industry Trends, Payments Processing, Professional Services, Rental Rates

HOW MOM-AND-POP LANDLORDS ARE COPING WITH THE PANDEMIC

Thousands of tenants across the city weren’t able to pay their rent this month due to layoffs and lost work. Some mom-and-pop landlords are sympathetic: they, too are facing reduced incomes. In many cases, they can’t pay their own bills and are confronting the possibility of losing their properties. We spoke to a few about how they’re adapting to the new reality. Jeanne-Marie Robillard, 58, communications director “I’ve been a landlord for 27 years. I own a triplex with my husband, Mark...

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CANADA EMERGENCY WAGE SUBSIDY LEGISLATION PASSES THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Coronavirus, Employment, Finance, Legislation, Newsworthy, Tax Law

CANADA EMERGENCY WAGE SUBSIDY LEGISLATION PASSES THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

The House of Commons was recalled on Saturday, April 11, 2020 to pass the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, No. 2.  This Act approves the proposed Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) with some changes. Eligible Employers An eligible employer includes individuals, taxable corporations, partnerships consisting of eligible employers, non-profit organizations and registered charities. Public bodies would not be eligible for the subsidy. This would generally include municipalities and local...

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