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Alberta – Hiring & Managing Employees


Alcohol at Office Holiday Parties: Lively or Liability?

Alcohol can be a festive addition to company parties but can also be a liability. Here are some precautions to consider!

Human Rights compliance: the three templates every small business needs

Under the Human Rights Acts and charters your business has a responsibility to prevent discrimination, harassment and retaliation towards employees and customers. We have the tools needed to make your business a harmonious and equitable place to work.
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Navigating the recruitment minefield: how to improve your hiring decisions

Recruiting model employees can be a challenge. We have tips and links to help you find the right person, along with templates to help you start the employment relationship off right.

Using Immigration programs to overcome labour shortage problems

Business owners like you are reporting that shortage of qualified labour is one of their fastest growing concerns. Have you ever considered hiring someone from outside of Canada to fill those vacant positions? We have some tips on immigration programs available to you.

Apply for up to $10,000 per employee for training from the Canada-Alberta Job Grant

The governments of Canada and Alberta offer funding for employee training. Eligible employers are required to contribute one-third of the total training costs. Government contributes two-thirds of the cost to a maximum of $10,000 per trainee. We can help you learn about the Canada-Alberta Job Grant.

Want highly-trained, pre-screened candidates? Hire a Reservist!

SMEs are always looking for ways to give them a leg-up on the competition. Hiring a Reservist may give you the edge you need. Find out more here. Advice is free for members: call 1-888-234-2232.

Visa-lite? The ins and outs of Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

As of March 15, 2016, foreign nationals who do not need a visa to visit Canada are expected to have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. Find out more here. Advice is free for members: call 1-888-234-2232.

Do you qualify for an EI tax credit?

The Small Business Job Credit (SBJC)results in a 15% net reduction in EI premiums paid by small businesses beginning with the 2015 tax year.

A good plan for bad weather

Learn how to develop a Storm Day Policy to help keep your business running smoothly in the face of nasty weather. Advice is free for members: call 1-888-234-2232.

Reduce your wage costs: see if wage subsidies can help pay your staff

Early in the hiring process you should see if financial incentives can offset the costs of the new hire. Check out wage subsidies and other financial supports available to businesses.

Employee retention: Once you hire them, how to keep them

The costs of hiring, orientation and training can pile up. Having to fill the same position twice or more in a year can be a very frustrating experience and can also significantly impact productivity and team morale.

Are you considering reducing your workforce in response to economic downturn?

It’s hard to separate your responsibility for your business from the responsibility you feel for your employees

Catching an employee doing something right

How much time do you spend on catching people doing something right?

Service Canada Job Bank adds new tools to connect employers with job seekers!

The Service Canada Job Bank offers employers the ability to post their job ads for free allowing them to reach thousands of potential job seekers. As of April 30th, the Job Bank has added new features to help better connect employers with employees. Find out more here. Advice is free for members: call 1-888-234-2232.

Giving Feedback - Why do so many of us bite our tongue?

You’d think that every business owner would jump at the chance to improve their employee’s performance and that every employee would be first in line to have that coaching... not so much!

Cell Phone policy

Do your employees persistently use their personal cell phones at work? Maybe it is time to put a policy in place to keep your employees focused on their duties.

Summer vacation rules & scheduling - how to enjoy a stress-free holiday season

Business owners and their employees love vacations; yet planning to fit them into the business cycle and meeting employee’s expectations can be challenging. It is important to communicate how vacations are earned, how to request and when they are approved (or not...) to all of your employees so that you can continue to effectively manage your business.

Orientation for New Employees

A new employee's first week can be the glue that could help them stick to your business

How to decide on a salary or wage rate for an employee

How do you decide what salary or wage you are going to pay a new employee? Should they earn more or less than someone already in the job, or the person who left the job most recently?

Pre-employment screening: Conducting criminal background checks

It is always important to ensure you are hiring the best candidate for the job. For certain positions you may want to screen your final candidates with a criminal background check but the question is do you really need to?

Compassionate Leave is Job Protected in Alberta as of February 1, 2014

If your employee approaches you to ask for unpaid compassionate leave of up to 8 weeks, you are now obligated to approve it and to keep their job available for them over the period of the leave

Alberta Workforce Information Subscription Tool

Up-to-date information on labour force initiatives is being made available by the Government of Alberta. You may sign up now to receive this labour attraction and retention resource.

Finding Hidden Talent

Have you ever wondered how to access hidden pools of talent in Alberta’s squeaky tight labour market?

Improving mental health in your small business

Regardless of the number of employees you have, the mental health of your workers matters. The Mental Health Commission of Canada estimates that the Canadian economy loses nearly $50 billion annually as a result of mental health-related issues.
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Take care when dismissing your employee: avoid costly mistakes

Sometimes, despite your best efforts to provide ongoing coaching and opportunities for personal development, it is simply not feasible to retain an employee. Perhaps a worker is not a ‘good fit’ in the company. If you need to dismiss an employee, our tips will help ensure you meet your obligations.

Does your company need a social media policy?

Social media is part of our daily lives. From Facebook to Twitter to LinkedIn, it is very likely your employees participate in social media. We can help you develop a social media policy to clarify what you expect from your staff and to protect your business.

Sickness, lateness and absenteeism – oh my!

It’s easy to manage employees who show up on time and work hard. But dealing with those who are chronically late, or who frequently call in sick, can be trickier. Let us help you walk through the minefield of attendance issues.

Create attention grabbing job advertisements

Writing attention grabbing job ads and posting them in all the right places can mean the difference between attracting few applicants, and having a selection of candidates from which to choose. Learn how to optimize your job ads for maximum effect.

Benefitting from a pool of internationally-trained skilled workers

The Employer’s Roadmap can be a helpful tool and video for employers who wish to learn more about recruiting, hiring and retaining internationally educated workers.

Do you need an employee code of conduct?

Regardless of the size of your business or the number of employees you have, it is important to have a written code of conduct to set expectations for your employees and define acceptable behaviours on the job.

Changes to Canada Pension Plan

If you or any of your employees are between the ages of 60 and 70 and are collecting CPP benefits while continuing to work, you may have to start contributing to CPP again. On January 1st, 2012, new rules came into effect for those collecting their benefits while continuing to work. A balanced resource on labour relations

We have long advocated balanced labour laws throughout Canada, including in the area of employment standards and labour relations. Whether it’s the right of employees to a secret ballot vote, or defending the right of employers to communicate with their employees during a certification drive we are committed to advancing these and other democratic principles everywhere.

Short of qualified labour? Federal measures to help

CFIB member surveys show the shortage of qualified labour has become one of the top issues affecting small- and medium-sized businesses in Canada. While there is no single solution, CFIB has lobbied the federal and provincial governments to help our members address this important challenge.

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program is accepting applications

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) has capacity to accept more nominations from employers. If you have temporary foreign workers currently working for you, the AINP may help them become permanent residents.

Why do job descriptions matter?

Writing an employee job description is a vital step every employer should take for all positions. A good job description will allow business owners to create better job postings, set employment expectations and aid in performance management.

Are you hiring your first employee? Congratulations! Now what?

Are you a budding entrepreneur preparing to hire your first employee? Here are some of the steps you should consider.

Access financial incentives when hiring apprentices in Alberta

Hiring an apprentice can connect you with an employee that has knowledge of cutting-edge technologies and concepts to help your business stay competitive. Government knows apprenticeship is important for our economy and provides incentives to offset the costs of apprenticeship. Here are opportunities for the employer and individual apprentices.
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