First Reference company logo

First Reference Talks

News and Discussions on Payroll, HR & Employment Law

decorative image


Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with: Ontario’s plans to regulate and manage the sale of cannabis, pay raises in 2018 and workers living paycheque to paycheque.


, , ,

Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with: Wages by occupation, 2016; The risks of mischaracterizing an employee as an independent contractor; and Employer ordered to pay over $53,000 for unpaid general holiday and vacation pay.


, , , ,

Bill 146 proposes crack down on temporary agencies and limits freedom of choice for construction workers

The Ontario Government has proposed legislation which would dramatically alter the legal landscape with respect to the obligations of employers when they use temporary agency workers. Bill 146 also broadens the definition of “worker” under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, broadens the notification requirements for employers who hire foreign workers and makes it more difficult for unionized construction workers exercise their freedom of choice to decide whether they still wish to be represented by a trade union.


, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Do you need a vacation from dealing with vacations?

Creating a vacation policy can be a daunting task and much more complicated than it may seem on the surface. While all jurisdictions have minimum standards with respect to vacation entitlement and vacation pay, many details regarding vacation administration is left to the employer. A vacation policy will ensure management and employees alike understand the details of vacation entitlement and its administration.


, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

How can employers make legitimate deductions from an employees pay under the Ontario Employment Standards Act?

A situation that arises all the time is whether an employer can deduct the full amount of a loan, an overpayment, the cost of faulty work, cash shortages or stolen goods or the costs of their uniforms. The issue of employer deductions is governed by section 13 of the Ontario Employment Standards Act (ESA) and a clear understanding of the rules will avoid disputes and potential claims by the employee to the Ministry of Labour, Employment Standards Branch.


, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Bonuses and employment/labour standards entitlements

As the managing editor of The Human Resources Advisor and Human Resources PolicyPro, I am often asked for clarification on bonuses and employment/labour standards entitlements. Essentially, should bonuses be included in the calculation of vacation pay and public holiday pay entitlements, and why?


, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,