HR Microscope February 2019

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February 2019

Biotechnology snapshot – Saskatchewan

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“With expertise in crop and livestock science, digital technologies, and sustainable production, Saskatchewan will play a significant role in achieving the federal goal of increasing agri-food exports from $50B to $75B by 2025.”

– Wilf Keller, President and CEO, Ag-West Bio Inc.

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Trends with benefits – tomorrow’s plan for today’s workforce

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As the Canadian bio-economy competes on a global scale for talent, employers must move beyond traditional benefit plan management and instead of making price- focused decisions, shift their evaluation to enhance plan scope and its contribution to the total compensation package and employee well-being. An important aspect of this practice is remaining current with trends – their introduction, evolution and benefit to individual employees and their families.

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Compensation – It’s important to get it right

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As lawyers, we know that compensation is heavily regulated. Employers need to understand the legal context before structuring compensation practices. This article provides a basic checklist of what employers should consider in creating a solid compensation model. It is simply not enough to be competitive.

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BioTalent Canada’s Student Work Placement Program is now accepting applications

Wage subsidies are available to all employers who are creating a work integrated learning opportunity and who meet the program criteria. Employers can hire STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) or business students from any post-secondary institutions across Canada through BioTalent Canada’s Student Work Placement Program.

“This program [SWPP] has had a substantial impact on our organization, as it allowed us to expand our engineering team and move at a faster pace with minimal cost. This is essential for a small technology start-up. It allowed us to bring in a team member with fresh eyes, who forces us to think outside the box and face problems in a different light.”

– Claire Dobbin, CleanSlate UV / Limestone Labs (Toronto, ON)

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