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Newfoundland & Labrador – Hiring & Managing Employees


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.

InclusionNL offering two new programs for employers

As well as their successful Businesses OPEN program, Inclusion NL is also now offering a wage subsidy program for people with disabilities, and funding towards workplace adjustments.

Is your employee suffering from mental illness?

Your employee’s well-being is important to the success of your business. With 40% of short and long-term disability claims relating to mental-health, it’s important as an employer to be able to recognize the signs.

New program aims to bring immigrants to Atlantic Canada - and keep them there!

A new employer-driven immigration program, piloting in Atlantic Canada, hopes to bring 2000 skilled workers to the region over the next 3 years.
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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 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.

Recruiting and Retaining International Workers

Are you considering hiring international workers? The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program, and the Association for New Canadians, offer great resources that can help to guide you through the process.

Inclusion in the workplace: it’s not as difficult as you think!

Including those with disabilities in your workplace is beneficial in many ways, but creating an accessible environment can seem an overwhelming task. That’s where Inclusion NL and their Businesses OPEN program can help!

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.

Ready, Willing and Able: Building an Inclusive Workforce

In today's highly competitive business environment, the difference between success and failure lies in the talent and diverse skill set of your workforce.

Local non-profit aims to bring together business and arts in Newfoundland and Labrador

Businesses possess organisational and financial knowledge, and arts stimulate creativity and innovation – Business and Arts NL seeks to bring the two together for mutually beneficial relationships.

Make the right hire: Interview best practices to save you time and money

Hiring an employee can be daunting, and the interview process is critical in choosing the right candidate; but did you know the interviewing process starts before the applicants ever set foot in front of you?

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.

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 employee 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!

Giving quality references to former employees

Most employers have been asked to provide references for a former employee at one time or another. As a business owner, it is important for you to be aware of best practices when sharing information about former employees.

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.

You’re 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.

Canada Job Grant

On July 7th 2014, the Governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador signed the Canada Job Grant, which will provide funding to employers for employee training.

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.

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.

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.

Access financial incentives when hiring apprentices in Newfoundland and Labrador

Hiring apprentices is good business. The government offers financial incentives to companies that hire apprentices and to the apprentices themselves. Check out the opportunities.

Do you know if your worker is an employee or self-employed contractor?

The working relationship between a business and a self-employed contractor is different in the eyes of various government agencies, including the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and the NL Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission (WHSCC). We can help you understand the difference.
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