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The HR Guide for Canadian Employers

Hiring Your First Employee
Hire your first employee with confidence by following this straight-forward outline.

Effective Hiring for Smaller Businesses
As a small business owner you cannot afford to hire the wrong person for your job. Read on to learn about a five-step hiring process that has the power to radically improve your hiring results.

Essentials of Insurance: Small Business Options
* In the midst of an unexpected crisis, small business owners have one thing to fall back on their own personal assets. That makes having insurance and being informed about it a vital issue.

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Legally Speaking: When is an Independent Contractor an Employee?
What then, in the eyes of the law, distinguishes an independent contractor from an employee?

Hiring Co-op Students: A Win-Win
A look at the ins and outs of hiring co-op students.

Avoiding Costly Hiring Mistakes (part 1)
In the 'new workplace' tradition 'hard skills' on their own are no longer adequate identifiers of ideal employees. 'Today softer skills - adaptability, independence, ability to deal with stress, problem solving skills, and more - are just as important. Consider how factoring these skills into your hiring process can help you to avoid costly hiring mistakes.

Avoiding Costly Hiring Mistakes: Case Example: Intel's Andy Grove (part 2)
In the 'new workplace' tradition 'hard skills' on their own are no longer adequate identifiers of ideal employees. 'Today softer skills - adaptability, independence, ability to deal with stress, problem solving skills, and more - are just as important. Consider how factoring these skills into your hiring process can help you to avoid costly hiring mistakes.

"The Right Stuff": EQ (Emotional Intelligence) and Hiring (a 5-part series)
Do your employees have the 'right stuff' for your company? You may be able to improve your hiring practices by changing the way you value and evaluate prospective new hires.

Life's a Beach: An Innovative Hiring Strategy
Find out how one company is using a little sand, sunshine and innovation to attract and keep great employees.

Tips for Finding Qualified Employees Over the 'Net
Follow these tips to increase your chances of success when using the Internet in your hiring process.

The New Economy: Using technology to create a better way to hire staff
The Internet and technology offer opportunities to improve hiring techniques. Consider how one company has greatly enhanced radio hiring in Canada with its innovative website.
(dates back to March 1998, but still presents and interesting case study)


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Setting up a Group RRSP
As a small business, having a group RRSP for your staff is one way you can compete for and retain talent. Here is an in-depth look into how you can get one started in your business.

The Wounded Healer, Generation gaps in the new workplace
Using a case example of the generation gap between Generation-Xers and Baby Boomers in the workplace, this second article in the 'Corporate learning journey' explores the role of the Wounded Healer, an unsung hero of the new workplace.

Relocating an Employee from Canada to the United States
If you are looking at sending an employee south of the border, here are some of the key tax issues that the employee will need to consider.

Unplug Your Workplace: The Blocks to Employee Productivity
People instinctively want to be productive. But sometimes employers can block productivity through poor business practices. Click here to read about five productivity-blocking practices you should avoid.

The 90% Factor: EQ (Emotional Intelligence) and the New Workplace
In this age of the knowledge worker, intellectual capital, connecting learning across the organization, and leveraging human capital, the seemingly simple, yet most profound, act of emotional intelligence (or EQ, emotional quotient) -- listening -- provides us a major clue to competitiveness.

The 7 Pillars of Visionary Leadership (8 parts) In the opening of a seven-part series, Dr. Michael Rock zeroes in on questions about leadership, and how an understanding of leadership can help understand the 'people factor' which accounts for so much in any successful enterprise.


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Terminating an Employee: the Dignified, Legal Way
Firing an employee can be a risky, difficult job. Here are some tips and guidelines to protect yourself, and keep the situation under control.

Legally Speaking - Dismissal for Cause
Employers in Canada know how difficult it can be to fire an employee. In this article Ron Walton, a Toronto based-lawyer, explains how employers may be able to use 'just cause' to fire an employee without notice or pay in lieu of notice.

Never "Voluntarily" Resign in Downsizing Scenario
An employer sometimes asks for something that is not ideal for either the employee or the business, as we found out when we researched the answer to Joe's question.

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HR News

2012-05-09: BC launches powerful job search portal

2011-05-30: Minimum wage to increase in Manitoba, other jurisdictions by May 2012

2010-11-25: BC seeks input on ways to modernize its Employment Standards system

2010-11-22: Canadians willing to take pay cut to work for socially responsible company, poll

2010-10-20: Two polls highlight what small business owners are thinking


ask-an-expert articles
The Right People Working Right

Changing an Employee's Duties

Vacation Pay for Salaried Employees

Canada Post: Every Contract is Different

Reasons for Firing

Licences and Permits for an Ottawa Area Restaurant


book reviews
Hiring, Managing and Keeping the Best: The Complete Canadian Guide for Employers

The HR Book: Human Resources Management for Business

Be the Leader: Make the Difference

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