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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.
 

Want a highly-trained, pre-screened group of candidates? There’s a program for that!

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.
 

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.
 

Orientation for New Employees

A new employee's first week can be the glue that could help them stick to your business. Find out more here. 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

What are some employment retention strategies? We’ll break them down into money issues and non-monetary incentives.
 

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.
 

Temporary Foreign Worker Program: 2016 update

The TFWP is designed to help businesses with staffing when willing and able Canadian workers cannot be found. CFIB can help clear up your program-related questions.
 

Express Entry launched in January 2015

In January 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) changed the way it manages applications to the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and a portion of the Provincial Nominee Programs(PNP). Find out more here.
 

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.
 

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?
 

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.
 

Understand employment regulations

Need help figuring out how regulations like overtime, vacation pay, public holidays or mandatory breaks apply to your business? We can save you time and get you answers!
 

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.
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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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

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.

Tradelinks.ca: helping tradespersons find career resources

If you are a tradesperson in Canada there is a resource available to help you in many areas of your career including job search, financial resources, educational needs and more. Tradeslinks.ca is a one stop shop for tradespersons.
 

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.
 

Access financial incentives when hiring apprentices

Hiring apprentices is good business. The government offers financial incentives to companies that hire apprentices and to the apprentices themselves. Check out the opportunities. Advice is free for CFIB members: 1-888-234-2232.
 

LabourWatch.com: 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.
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