Layoffs During The COVID-19 Crisis

What Small Business Owners Need To Know Across Canada, employers are facing the tough reality of staff layoffs due to the COVID-19 crisis. Some businesses have had to slow down operations dramatically and others have completely ceased operations for the foreseeable future. Either way, cutting staff due to COVID19 is a painful reality and one…

COVID-19 Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Announcing COVID19 Emergency Benefits in Canada On March 25, 2020, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, economies around the world are facing difficult times. Canada is no exception. While Employment Insurance (IE) and wage subsidies are in place to support some Canadians, many…

COVID-19 A Worker's Right to Refuse Unsafe Work

Employees in all provinces and territories have the right to refuse work in unsafe conditions Can employees refuse to come to work or perform their duties as organizations grapple with COVID-19? Across Canada, every employed person has the right to a safe work environment. But what does this mean? Each province and territory of Canada…

5 Payroll Tax Tips for Small Businesses from Famous TV Shows

Like Tony on The Sopranos, the CRA, too, Wants its Money As a small business owner, watching TV can sometimes feel like a waste of productive time. That’s especially so if you’ve ever been forced to watch an episode of Love Island or The Bachelor. But amidst the visual cesspool that makes up much of…

COVID-19 Checklist for Employers

As a business owner and leader, your employees are looking to you for direction and guidance, especially in times of uncertainty. The current COVID-19 pandemic and regional crisis is one of those times. This is a time for leaders to be “born” and realized. Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD) is prevalent and your staff need…

What Human Resources Can Learn from Kobe Bryant

Creating an Organizational Culture of Excellence Key to Business Success Black Mamba. Kobe Wan Kenobi. KB24. Whatever you call him, Kobe Bryant, who tragically died in a helicopter crash with his daughter and seven others, wasn’t only a Jedi Master on the court – he was an organizational wizard off it, as well. While the…

5 Payroll & HR Impacts of Coronavirus on Canadian Small Businesses

Paid Vacation Changes, HR Policies Among Areas Affected by the Growing Outbreak Small business owners aren’t known to panic in uncertain times – but they do like to be prepared. While large Canadian companies dealing with the coronavirus outbreak have had to cancel international trips, withstand the stock market falling, and temporarily shut down thousands…

B2B Payments: 5 Benefits of Making Business Payments Electronically

Making Payments Electronically Improves Cash Flow, Saves Time As a small business owner, you may take a lot of pride in signing cheques to make B2B payments. Especially so if you sign your name on cheques in an over-the-top, illegible cursive fashion like a pro hockey player while you pretend there’s a long line of…

7 HR Policies to Make Employees Feel Valued this New Year

Personalized Touches, Focus on Wellness Improve Productivity When it comes time for the holiday season, no one wants to be an office Scrooge. And while it may be tempting to your inner Ebenezer to make employees work right through the holidays to keep the growth going, creating HR policies that make your employees feel valued…

Why Your Employee Benefits Should Include Pet Insurance

Pet Insurance Helps Improve Employee Retention and Health For some business owners, adding pet insurance to their employee benefits may be a bit out there. But with 15% of employers in the U.S. now offering pet insurance benefits, many employees may be wondering why it’s taken so doggone long to have their fur babies factored…