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 Get 2/3 of your training paid for with the Canada Job Grant

 

The Canada Job Grant provides an opportunity for employers to invest in their workforce, with help from the government.

The Job Grant will provide direct financial support to individual employers who wish to purchase training for their employees. It will be available to small, medium and large businesses with a plan to deliver short-term training to existing and new employees, and will:

 

  •  Provide up to $10,000 in government support per person for training costs.
  •  Require employers to contribute 1/3 of the total costs. There will be additional flexibility for small businesses to provide an in-kind contribution towards their share of the costs.
  •  Require training to be delivered by a eligilble, third-party trainer

 

Employers First makes this a seamless process by filling out all the paperwork on your behalf and providing you with a training solution that is tailored to your business while saving you time and money. To see what other businesses are saying about Employers First, please visit our testimonials page.

 

Employers First is pleased to offer access to specific training programs that are tailored to the needs of today's businesses.  We have perfected our approach to Health and Safety training and support by putting together a plan that is affordable and time saving - allowing you to focus on core activities while having a Health and Safety program that meets all areas of compliance. To learn more please visit our Unlimited Training Savings Plan page. Employers First offers 42 training courses including WHMIS, Fall Protection, Forklift, Aerial/Scissor Lift, Ladder Safety, Asbestos Awareness, Confined Space and many more.  Our training is done in-studio or via webinar, and you are always trained by a professional trainer.

In addition, you are provided with a Policy & Procedure manual and access to the Hotline Service, which connects you to a Senior Consultant to provide one-on-one consulation on employee issues, WSIB, Ministry of Labour issues or general health and safety advice.  It's a great package and coupled with the discounts from the Training Grants, it's an incredible value. It's hard to beat this value so please contact us today to get the application process started.

 

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To: All Private Sector Employers with 20 or more employees. 

Reminder of the "The deadline to file an accessibility compliance report by December 31, 2014."

 

What does this mean?

This is refering to the AODA (Accessibility for Ontario Disability Act) requiremnts.

You have to have a AODA Policy in Place - If you have not done so already, please complete the AODA template attached and we will ammend your policy manual by adding this policy and a feedback form into Section 10:00 of your manual.

Also, you are to complete training with all employees that work directly with your customers.  See our training calendars on our website www.employersfirst.ca The course you want to register for is AODA - Customer Service.  This course takes approximately 45 minutes.  Also, a manager from each workplace needs to take the AODA- Managment Course.

Once these two areas are completed, you have to go online to http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/accessibility/ado.aspx or click on this link provided below and report your progress online by completing the "File a Compliance Report" 

 http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/accessibility/ado.aspx

 If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Breaking News From Ontario Legislature

Today, Bill 18, the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2014, passed third reading with all party support in the Ontario legislature.

The new act supports Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy, and is designed to further increase protections for vulnerable workers. The act will help workers by:

  • Ensuring Occupational Health and Safety Act coverage for unpaid co-op students and other unpaid learners , which will give them protection under the OHSA such as the right to know about workplace hazards and the right to refuse unsafe work
     
  • Tying future minimum wage increases to the Consumer Price Index for Ontario which will be announced by April of each year, and come into effect on Oct.1
  • Eliminating the $10,000 cap on the recovery of unpaid wages through Ministry of Labour orders to pay and increasing the period of recovery to two years
  • Expanding employment protections to cover all foreign employees who come to Ontario under an immigration or foreign temporary employee program
  • Holding temporary help agencies and their employer clients accountable for certain employment standards violations, such as failure to pay regular wages, overtime pay, and public holiday entitlements

 

Protecting vulnerable workers and making the minimum wage fair is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.

What does this news mean for your business? Stay tuned as we put together a plan to assist employers in remaining compliant with the new changes this bill has introduced. 

 
Work Safe, Be Safe!
The Employers First Team


 

 

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