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Employment Standards Division To Host Free Webinars

Beginning January 31, 2018, the Employment Standards Division of the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety will host a series of free webinars for Saskatchewan employers, employees and organizations. Their goal is to raise awareness about employment standards topics many employers and employees would like to know more about.

The webinar series will cover a variety of topics about Saskatchewan’s Employment Standards legislation including overtime, scheduling, payment of wages, employing young workers and more. Each webinar will take approximately 45 minutes to an hour, including time at the end of each session for questions. Many or all of these topics may interest your employees or members.

Each session begins at 1:00 p.m. Central Standard Time (Regina). To register for each webinar just click on the registration link below. The link will take you directly to the GoToWebinar registration form.

• Overview of Employment Standards January 31 (ID: 236-271-219) https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6375842916939605763
This webinar will provide an overview of some of the main features of employment standards in Saskatchewan under Part II of The Saskatchewan Employment Act.

• Vacations and Vacation Pay February 14 (ID: 966-605-587) https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1729858732795513091
This webinar will help you understand vacation entitlements, the rules for taking a vacation, and vacation pay.

• Schedules and Hours of Work February 28 (ID: 924-637-099) https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/11341849791228675
This webinar discusses Saskatchewan’s employment standards for schedules and hours of work. These rules help to determine when overtime applies.

• Overtime Rules March 14 (ID: 368-498-195) https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2740847579908029699
This webinar discusses overtime provisions under Saskatchewan’s employment standards. This webinar also discusses the rules for calculating overtime for employees who are not paid by the hour.

• Modified Work Arrangements and Averaging Hours Permits April 4 (ID: 876-603-907) https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1690395061452465922
This webinar discusses the requirements for applying for an Averaging of Hours Permit and how to set up a Modified Work Arrangement to vary the overtime rules under Saskatchewan’s employment standards.

• Layoff and Termination April 18 (ID: 335-438-243) https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6766512593268238851
This webinar reviews the requirements for ending employment relationships under Saskatchewan’s employment standards.

• Employment Standards in Foodservices May 2 (ID: 735-237-307) https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5407014844034874883
This webinar discusses topics that are common concerns for the food service industry.

• Payment of Wages May 16 (ID: 328-966-435) https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6060019197817598211
This webinar discusses the employment standards for paying employees and keeping payroll records.

• Rules for Employing Youth May 30 (ID: 247-488-283) https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/681354548946349314
This webinar will discuss the requirements for employing young people.

• Public Holiday Pay and Premium Pay June 13 (ID: 839-820-107) https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2419065607274686723
This webinar will discuss the rules for calculating public holiday pay and premium pay.

• Common Employment Standards Misconceptions June 20 (ID: 255-730-131) https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8704815253595777283
This webinar will discuss common misconceptions about Employment Standards legislation.

For more information contact the LRWS Webinar Team (LRWSWebinarTeam@gov.sk.ca) or visit www.saskatchewan.ca/business/employment-standards

2018 WMBEXA Nominees Announced

With the 2018 WMBEXA nomination period having closed on December 18th, representatives from the Prairie Sky Chamber of Commerce spent the last few days before Christmas delivering good news to business owners in the region.  Over 100 nominations were received for this years’ five awards categories that include the Customer Service, Community Involvement, New Business of the Year, Non-Profit of the Year and Business of the Year.  It was truly an honor to be able to brighten the day of local business owners with the news of their nomination.  Many were completely surprised and some were even brought to tears.  They all were very humbled that people took time to recognize them for their hard work.  To see photos of the nominees, click HERE.

Changes to the Business Excellence Awards program continue as the Chamber aims to better align the awards to ensure consistency, transparency and better representation of the business community. This years’ nominees who receive multiple nominations will be asked to accept a maximum of two (2) categories that best represents their business.

In total, 84 local businesses have been recognized and are invited to attend the 2018 WMBEXA nominee luncheon on January 11th, 2018, Here, nominees will network with each other as well as award sponsors and hear firsthand from previous award recipients on the process and the benefits of participating. Opportunity to ask questions will also be provided.

Application deadline is January 31, 2018.  Judges will then spend the next few weeks reviewing the applications.  On March 15, 2018, the five (5) finalists in each category will be announced.  On May 4, 2018, we will bring together business and community leaders to celebrate business excellence and reveal the 2018 WMBEXA recipients.

 

New Year…..New Possibilities

For many, this time of year is spent reflecting on the year that has passed and looking ahead, planning how you are going to grow and develop moving forward.  In the spirit of making resolutions, here are some suggestions for making good use of your Chamber membership benefits in 2018.

  • Take advantage of the opportunities we offer to market your business. The more you interact with us, the better informed and able we are to promote your business on your behalf.
  • Attend our events. You are your brand and the more others in the community see you, the more likely they are to remember you when making purchasing decisions.
  • When attending events, use the time wisely. Create connections and relationships rather than contacts or business prospects. It doesn’t have to be a painful process. Be curious and learn about a couple of people at each event.
  • Use your time strategically. All chamber members are important but some have more potential to you than others. Maximize your networking time by connecting with and fostering relationships with those members who are more likely to be prospective clients.
  • Consider how you can contribute to the success of other members or to the organization. When you act as a resource, you will be perceived as having more credibility and competency. Think about how you can bring value to the membership and give yourself the opportunity to showcase your talents and skills.
  • Leverage your profile in the community through sponsoring a chamber event. Bring a potential member to the events you attend so they and you can benefit from our growing network. Advertise on our website.
  • Finally, consider taking on a leadership role as a committee or board member. This will connect you with others who share your values. It provides an opportunity for others to see you as an authority, to garner respect and to have some fun. It’s true…..being a director is FUN!

Let us help you to make 2018 bolder, brighter and stronger than the year before!  Have questions about Chamber membership?  Contact our Chamber office (306) 292-7066 and we would be happy to chat with you.

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