Giving Feedback – Do’s & Don’ts

Do give concrete examples such as: “Your files are very disorganized. Last week when you were sick I could not find the information I needed to respond to an urgent question from a client. This reflected poorly on our company”. Or: “You did an excellent job on the financial report, the information provided was clearly presented…

Retiring Staff – Facilitating the Transition

For many baby-boomers, the dreams of Florida sunshine and days spent with grandchildren will soon become a reality. Meanwhile, employers can soon expect to be faced with staff shortages and the loss of invaluable sources of information on company and clients. Not exactly a walk on the beach! Fortunately there are actions that companies can…

IRS Announces New Delinquent Filing Compliance Procedures for U.S. Citizens Living in Canada and Abroad

A Welcome and Timely Initiative! On June 26, 2012, the IRS announced new filing compliance procedures for those U.S. persons (U.S. citizens, Green Card holders and resident aliens) living in Canada who have been delinquent in filing their U.S. income tax returns or the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (“FBAR”). These catch-up tax…

Substance Abuse in the Workplace

Being faced with an employee who has, or is suspected of having a substance abuse problem is one of the most delicate situations that an employer can encounter. Suspicions can arise from the employee’s odd or erratic behavior, a change in the employee’s performance or by the employee’s physical demeanor. However, substance abuse can be…

Pay Equity – Frequently Asked Questions

Is this law applicable to my company? The Pay Equity Act applies to any company who employed an average of ten employees or more during their reference period (see Table 1 for applicable reference periods). However, any company that currently employs six employees or more must complete the annual Pay Equity Declaration. TABLE 1: REFERENCE…