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Employee or Contractor?

Human Resources
There is often a lot of confusion around whether or not someone performing work for a Company should be considered a Contract Employee or an Independent Contractor.  It’s not as simple as the mere fact that they are either paid through Payroll or through Accounts Payable, or that the employment relationship is for a fixed term or indefinite.  Instead it is a question of the intention of both parties when entering into the working arrangement.  Did they intend to enter into a Contract of Service (employer/employee) or a Contract for Service (employer/contractor)?  There are many factors that should be considered prior to determining which type of working relationship...

Alberta’s Workers’ Compensation Board Review Report

Health and Wellness
This month’s edition of “Inside HRA” highlights a review of the Alberta Workers’ Compensation Board that was completed in July 2017: “In March 2016, the Government of Alberta established a panel to review Alberta’s workers’ compensation system including the Workers’ Compensation Board. In July 2017, the Alberta Workers' Compensation Review Panel submitted their final report and recommendations to the government. Albertans are invited to provide their feedback on the Panel's recommendations. The panel’s recommendations include several legislative, policy and structural changes that are designed to bring about a worker-centered system that features greater independence, transparency, stakeholder engagement, and accountability. For more information on this report and what it...

Basic Exemption Changes in PEI and Saskatchewan

Starting July 1, 2017 you may have noticed some changes with your payroll if you’re in the province of Saskatchewan or Prince Edward Island (PEI). Here are some of the changes for you to look for: Prince Edward Island - On April 7, 2017 the PEI budget announced that as of January 1, 2017 personal tax exemptions will increase from $8,000.00 to $8,160. For the first six months of the year a basic exemption of $8,000.00 was applied, so a pro-rated exemption of $8,320 will be apply for the remainder of 2017 commencing on the first payroll in July.  Starting January 1, 2018 the basic provincial exemption for...

Managing Employee Vacation Time

Human Resources
Vacation time is an entitlement to employees across all provinces in Canada. Apart from being an entitlement, it is also considered to be a benefit in attracting and retaining employees.  Each provincial employment standards set a minimum vacation time to be provided to employees – most of which outline a minimum of two weeks’ vacation per year to start. However, 62% of employers in Canada offer more than the minimum requirements to new employees[1]. New executives may be offered a minimum of four weeks of vacation time[2]. The amount of vacation a company chooses to offer will often be considered as part of the total compensation plan. Once...

Some Smart Sun Tips for Summer

Health and Wellness
With sunny days upon us, whether you’re at a job site or the beach, here are some sun smart tips to help keep you and your family sun safe and protected. Check your local weather for the current UV index. Follow these 5 tips whenever the UV index is 3 or higher! Just Remember… SLIP… SLIP ON A SHIRT Wear clothing that covers as much skin as possible SLOP… SLOP ON THE SUNSCREEN Every day! Get a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more Remember concrete, sand, water and snow can reflect the UV rays back at you Reapply every 2 hours regardless of the...