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11 other stories to help your business in 2017

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The new year is in full swing and we’ve assembled some of our favourite trends, developments and tips on employment matters to help you plan for your business in for 2017.

Top employment cases of 2016: Takeaways for employers – There were some important legal decisions made in Canadian labour law in 2016. This article is a breakdown of some of the bigger decisions and what impact they could have on Canadian businesses. Highlights include: a new ruling on early termination during fixed-term contracts, the cost of failing to accommodate an employee with disabilities, and what can happen with former employee bonuses without a clear employee agreement.


1. Best practices make Canada’s top employers stand out – Every year the Globe and Mail publishes a list of the top 100 employers in Canada. This is a list of the 2017 winners with brief explanations and a look at some of the common trends among the winners.

2. Ontario economy continues to grow in third quarter of 2016 – The Ontario Government released figures on the economy for the third quarter of 2016. On balance, the GDP and job market trends are positive and include increases in industries like manufacturing and insurance.

3. Top 10 legal risks for business in 2017 – Borden Ladner Gervais has put together a survey of some of the legal risks that large businesses could face in Canada in 2017. Topics include new developments and regulations in financial technology, cybersecurity & data privacy, employment contracts and medical cannabis.

4. Disclosing: a disability positive perspective – Hiring people with disabilities continues to be a major trend in Canada and Ontario. Disclosure of a disability during the hiring process can be a challenge for candidates. This article highlights some of those challenges from a candidate’s perspective.


5. LinkedIn desktop redesign puts conversations and content at the center – LinkedIn recently updated their user interface on the desktop version of the popular social media site. Changes include new profile customization features, improved search and updated feed algorithms. If you use LinkedIn for recruiting or screening candidates, this article and video will walk you through some of the key changes.

6. New year, new AODA requirements – The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) has been a part of the Canadian businesses since 2005. Some new AODA requirements for small businesses have recently come into effect. Find out what changes took effect January 1st and what your small business will have to do before the end of the year.

7. Countdown to July 1, 2017: CASL transition period ending – Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL) has been in in effect since 2014. But the final stage of CASL–the end of the transition period and the beginning of Private Right of Action claims begins on July 1, 2017. Find out what you can do to make sure you’re prepared for this change.


8. The four skills hiring managers are looking for right now – Information collected from more than 100 HR managers, recruiters and CEOs about what they look for when they hire.

9. Don’t make these costly mistakes when hiring sales people – Tips for finding, hiring and keeping salespeople without wasting time and money on common mistakes.

10. Hiring seasonal workers for the holidays? 10 things employers need to know – The holiday season is over, but summer is just around the corner and making effective season hires is always something worth thinking about. Find out some of the issues that Ontario employers should keep in mind when making seasonal hires.

If you need help with your seasonal hiring, get in touch with our Business Development Unit by filling out a contact form or contacting BDU@vpi-inc.com.