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Part 1: The Not So Good and Not So Bad-Effect of Recent Ontario Labour Law Changes on Employers

Payroll binder

On June 1, 2017, the Ontario government introduced Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (Bill 148), as its response to the Final Report from the Changing Workplaces Review. There are several public hearings over the summer and then the bill would proceed through parliamentary process and with royal assent should pass the bill into law (with some minor changes given the Liberal majority) in September and October.  If passed, Bill 148 would introduce a range of changes for Ontario companies.

The Day of Mourning

Day of Mourning Poster

The Day of Mourning (also known as Workers’ Memorial Day) is officially recognized in about 100 countries worldwide. The National Day of Mourning is not only a day to remember and honour those lives lost or injured due to a workplace tragedy, but also a day to renew the commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace and prevent further injuries, illnesses, and deaths.

Business Excellence Award Winners for 2016

Burlington Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award

Last night, ABL Employment was humbled and honoured to be the 2016 winner of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce "Business Excellence Award" in the category of "Service (large)". We are the first staffing company to receive this award. Congratulations to our president and founder, PJ Ferguson, and our entire team, but particularly our Burlington Office team, led by Area Manager Sharon Vrooman, and her team, Stephen, Nick, Mike, Tiffany, Robin, Charlene, Jeff and Natalie.

London ABL Office Honoured as "Best Employment Agency"

ABL Employment-Best Employment Agency Award

London Ontario office is honour to announce that we have been voted “Best Employment Agency” by readers of the London Free Press publication. Our office in London was first opened in 2003 by co-owner Jill Dee Ferguson - a lifetime resident of the London area. Over the last 14 years, ABL Employment has placed thousands of assignment employees into long-term and seasonal jobs in the London and surrounding areas, helping our employees and client companies meet their goals.

BDO Business Value Award Winners: ABL Employment

BDO Business Value Award Winners: ABL Employment

With ten offices in Ontario and two in British Columbia, ABL Employment is no stranger to growth. But numbers don’t tell its entire success story. Established in Burlington, Ontario in 1999 by PJ Ferguson, the staffing agency’s progress is inextricably linked to its values, known as Foundation Principles. In essence, they combine the company’s business strategy with day-to-day touchstones for the entire staff, from its executive team and internal staff of about 44 to its 1,500 or so “Assignment Employees” who work at over 300 client sites.

ABL Employment is a Nominee For The Category of “Favorite Employment Services” in The Hamilton Spectator 2014 Readers' Choice Awards

ABL Employment nominee in Readers' Choice Awards

Congratulations to the team: Sharon, Mike, Charlene-R, Jeff D and Bonnie-F on this wonderful achievement!

To cast your vote for ABL, go to http://readerschoice.thespec.com/ and choose the category for “Business or Service”, and then select the sub-category for “Employment Service”.

Voting is open until October 2nd, 2014!

ABL Employment Inc Ranks No. 439 on the 2013 PROFIT 500

2013 Profit 500 Canada's Fastest Growing Companies

                                                                                                                                          

– PROFIT magazine unveils 25th annual list of Canada's Fastest-Growing Companies –

Burlington, Ontario (June 6, 2013) PROFIT Magazine today ranked ABL Employment Inc No. 439 on the 25th annual PROFIT 500, the definitive ranking of Canada's Fastest-Growing Companies. Published in the Summer issue of PROFIT Magazine and online at PROFITguide.com, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian businesses by their revenue growth over five years.

And You Are?: Jill Dee Ferguson, Co-owner ABL Employment London Inc.

Jill Dee Ferguson

By Norman DeBono, The London Free Press Sunday, January 13, 2013 9:02:12 EST PM 

Jill Dee Ferguson knows where her entrepreneurial drive comes from.

The seed was planted as a young woman witnessing her parents establishing and expanding Voyageur Transportation in London into the thriving business it is today. That seed flourished when she looks back on the experience, such as being awakened at 5 a.m. by her father when she was in Grade 12 to help him drive customers to Toronto when flights were cancelled because of a storm. “My dad would say me to me, ‘Jill, you have to drive.’ We did three trips to Toronto airport in different vehicles. I remember radioing my dad at one point and saying, ‘Can we get something to eat?”

With Temporary Workers, Flexibility’s the Name of the Game

With Temporary Workers, Flexibility’s the Name of the Game

The modern temp industry began in a simple office in Detroit in 1946, where a businessman named William Kelly hit upon the idea to loan one of his typists for a day, billing a local company $6.75. Today, Kelly Services has grown into a staffing giant that arranges employment for about 530,000 people a year. 

 

Widget Makers Still Need Widget Staff

ABL Employment general labour job

Bad as the economy gets, there are still lots of companies out there producing widgets.

They may not make as many widgets as they once did, and their widget profit margins may have dipped, but they're still cranking out widgets. And if you're making widgets, you need people on the shop floor who know how to work widget-making machinery. Those aren't skills everyone has, after all.

Dancing Backwards in High Heels: Burlington Business Owners in Top 100

P.J. Ferguson of ABL Employment

Starting your own business isn't the right choice for everyone. 

The hours. The risk. No vacations. The knowledge that everything depends on you. 

For the people who have the nerve to dive into the sometimes frigid waters of self-employment, there's also the knowledge they're creating jobs, filling a need in the economy and driving Canada's economic growth. Some are doing all of that, and driving their kids to soccer games and dance classes at the same time. They're female entrepreneurs.