Archive for July, 2012

Setting an Effective Policy for Booking Time Off

July 27th, 2012

Everyone likes the chance to take a break from the daily grind, but without the right procedures, booking time off can be a labour of love for everyone involved. Especially if your entire office decides to vacation at the same time! To set your leave policy, you must first think about the questions your employees might have.

 How much leave can be taken at a time?
How far in advance does leave need to be requested?
Do all employees qualify to book time off?

To make your leave policy effective, it needs to work for both you and your employees. …

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Vacation Policies

July 20th, 2012

When you are running a business, there is just no avoiding the fact that you’ve got to set policies for the grey areas between law and common procedures. Determine where you want your company to stand when it comes to the following subjects:

Paid leave – you can choose to offer a specific number of vacation days, and a specific number of sick days. Or you can combine the two and call those days “paid leave”. If you’re offering a set number of days from each category, will you allow them to roll over into another category if they’ve used …

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Vacation Time For Hourly Employees?

July 14th, 2012

Everyone loves holidays. They’re a time to relax, rejuvenate, and most importantly: not work. For many, though, not working means not being paid. Salaried employees are given a specific number of days to use toward vacation, but for casual employees it’s a very different situation. Casual employees are often called hourly employees, and their pay is nearly always based on the number of hours they work as calculated through time clock systems. When casual employees aren’t working, they aren’t getting paid.

Now, as an employer, it’s your decision to offer holiday pay to casual employees. …

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Out to Lunch: Do You Pay Employees to Eat?

July 6th, 2012

No matter what your business is, your employees will have to eat lunch during the day. Whether you have to pay them for the time spent eating is the question, though. The answer is relatively simple; while you’re required to give your workers breaks, you aren’t required to pay them for lunch time. You may choose to do so, but it’s not required of you. Sounds simple, right? Well how do you handle the clock out and clock back in process during lunch? You don’t want to pay employees for work they’re not doing if …

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