Pay & Benefits

7 Key Considerations to Develop an Effective Pay Strategy


Developing an effective pay strategy is critical to attracting and retaining good employees. The more employees feel that they are being compensated fairly and equitably for the work they do, the more likely they will want to stay working with you.

7 Key Considerations to Develop an Effective Pay Strategy2019-07-22T11:56:29-04:00

How to Establish an Effective Bonus Program


Want to know what bonus to offer at the end of the year? Without setting performance targets at the beginning of the year, it’s difficult to know whether the employee met their goals or not and warrants a bonus at year-end.

How to Establish an Effective Bonus Program2019-08-02T12:09:40-04:00

BC to Raise Minimum Wage


The BC government announced that the minimum wage will increase by 20 cents to $10.45 per hour, effective September 15, 2015. The government has also committed to basing future yearly increases on the year-over-year percentage increase in the BC Consumer Price Index (CPI). Future minimum wage increases will be announced in March to take effect [...]

BC to Raise Minimum Wage2019-08-06T19:50:17-04:00

BC Ferries employee perk controversy


Recently, The Province newspaper reported that BC Ferries provided each of its 3,000 unionized employees with a $300 perk to recognize the “excellent safety record achieved in the past fiscal year.” The BC Ferries employees have the option of receiving either a $300 gift certificate from Mountain Equipment Co-op or SportChek -- or $300 to help [...]

BC Ferries employee perk controversy2019-08-07T16:44:21-04:00

How to Negotiate a Pay Raise


It may surprise you to learn that HR professionals have a difficult time negotiating a pay raise for themselves in their own organization. With all their inside knowledge on their organization’s pay structure and how it values performance, some may find it surprising that in a recent survey, 84 per cent of HR professionals indicated [...]

How to Negotiate a Pay Raise2019-08-07T17:14:51-04:00

‘I Want A Raise’ – Globe and Mail Article


The Globe and Mail contacted Cissy Pau, principal consultant of Vancouver-based Clear HR Consulting, for human resources advice and expertise for an article about the strategies and pitfalls of employees requesting a raise or a salary increase. Some human resources expert advice that Cissy Pau shared on how to deal with employees requesting a salary increase [...]

‘I Want A Raise’ – Globe and Mail Article2019-08-08T10:57:53-04:00

Outsourcing Human Resources Functions


Clear HR Consulting was contacted by The Globe and Mail for human resources expertise for an article on small businesses outsourcing human resources functions. Cissy Pau, Clear HR Consulting's principal consultant, was quoted extensively for her advice on the benefits and risks to entrepreneurs for outsourcing some or all of their HR functions.  Business owners should [...]

Outsourcing Human Resources Functions2019-08-08T11:13:13-04:00

How to encourage innovation with your employees


Cissy Pau, Principal Consultant of Clear HR Consulting Inc. in Vancouver, BC, was contacted by Canadian Business magazine for human resources expertise for a recent article in how to coax your employees to share their ideas and encourage innovation. Some tips that Cissy Pau shared included ensuring that management is willing to listen to ideas [...]

How to encourage innovation with your employees2019-08-08T11:41:21-04:00

Blackberry Usage After Hours: Overtime Pay Issue?


Most employees think nothing about checking their work email on their Blackberry after they leave the office for the day, but is this creating an overtime pay liability for their employer? According a recent article in Business in Vancouver (Issue 997, December 2-8, 2008), companies should have policies in place to address this matter. According [...]

Blackberry Usage After Hours: Overtime Pay Issue?2008-12-16T13:01:19-05:00

How to Establish Fair Compensation


Clear HR Consulting was recently contacted by BC Business Magazine for an article on "How to Establish Fair Compensation". This article has just been published in the October 2008 issue of BC Business Magazine. Cissy Pau, Clear HR Consulting's Principal Consultant, provided advice and commentary on the factors to consider when setting the pay rate [...]

How to Establish Fair Compensation2019-07-30T18:45:54-04:00