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Margot E. Uson. Del Chatterson. Marco Della Rocca. Terry Fitzpatrick. Michael Hiles & Associates Inc. Michael Hiles . Chris Murray. Brett Maclean. Steve Kraml. Morrie Weinberg & Associates Inc. SORELLA, LAHAIE Avocats Simon Lahaie . Robin Whitrod , CA. Vince Santaguida.

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Margot E. Uson

Del Chatterson

Marco Della Rocca

Terry Fitzpatrick

Michael Hiles& Associates Inc.

Michael Hiles

Chris Murray

Brett Maclean

Steve Kraml

Morrie Weinberg

& Associates Inc.

SORELLA, LAHAIE

Avocats

Simon Lahaie

Robin Whitrod, CA

Vince Santaguida

Morrie Weinberg

Learn more about our members at: www.psnetwork.ca

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Strategies for Success in Challenging Times

by

Morrie Weinberg

Michael Hiles

Robin Whitrod

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Morrie Weinberg and Associates Inc.

Business Consultants specializing in:

  • Government Financial Assistance,
  • 1% Training Tax & Pay Equity Compliance,
  • Business Process Re-engineering,
  • ERP software selection and implementation.
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GOVERNMENT CAN HELP !
  • Federal & Provincial Government Grants
  • Quebec 1% Training Tax Compliance
  • SR & ED Tax Credits
  • Quebec Design Tax Credits
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Federal & Provincial

Government Grants

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Federal & Provincial Government GRANTS !
  • Economic Development Canada
  • Emploi-Quebec
  • MDEIE
  • Investissement Quebec
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Federal & Provincial Government GRANTS

MOST COMMONLY SUPPORTED PROJECTS:

  • Training (needs analysis and execution)
  • Technology Improvement (soft costs)
  • Operational Improvement (consulting, analysis)
  • Market Development (new initiatives)
  • Human Resource Management (analysis, coaching)
  • Hiring (specialized positions, visible minorities).
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Federal & Provincial Government GRANTS

MOST IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS:

  • What “exceptional” activity are you planning?
  • What is the projected amount of your investment?
  • What is the timing of your investment?
  • How will this investment impact your company?
  • How many people do you employ at present?.
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Federal & Provincial Government GRANTS

TYPICAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT:

  • 40-75% of eligible consulting expenditures
  • Up to 100% of eligible training expenditures
  • Up to 10% on major “capital investments” of $300,000 or more.
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Quebec 1% Training Tax Compliance

IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS:

  • There are numerous forms of eligible training expenditures
  • Each type of training expenditure is calculated differently and requires specific documentation and evidence
  • Excess training may be carried forward indefinitely and used in future years to offset training shortfalls
  • Unnecessary payments are recoverable for up to 4 years.
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Quebec 1% Training Tax Compliance

THE ULTIMATE GOALS ARE TO:

  • Ensure you capture and properly document every eligible dollar of training investment every year
  • Show continuity in training philosophy
  • Ensure that your historic training declarations are properly supported and documented and that you do not have any unknown financial exposure
  • Ensure recovery of any training taxes paid unnecessarily.
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A. Michael Hiles& Associates Inc.

Advising clients on their

Compensation and Total Rewards programs.

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Compensation Strategies for Tough Times

Your compensation policy carries the loudest message about what you want your employees to do.

It is also your single biggest expense.

It deserves your attention.

today s agenda
Today’s Agenda
  • The Competition – intentions, evolution
  • Compensation Administration
    • Sharpening the pencil
  • Variable Pay
    • Keeping control
    • Non-traditional ideas
  • Beyond the numbers
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Cutting Back in 2009

  • Intentions (May 2008)

2.9% to 3.9% (inflation + 1.5% to 2.0%)

      • Varies by region, industry
  • Intentions (December 2008)

2.4% to 3.1% (inflation + 0% to 0.6%)

  • Inflation (Consumer Price Index)

Total CPI: 2.0% / Core CPI: 2.4%

November

Source: WorldatWork, Mercer, Conference Board, Bank of Canada

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What are Companies Planning?

Latest information: Trend continues towards salary freeze

getting this right is important
Getting This Right Is Important
  • Cutting Back Too Much:
    • Become uncompetitive
      • Tougher to higher/retain strategic employees
      • Employees have long memories
  • Cutting Back Too Little:
    • Positions you too high in the market
      • Very difficult to recover
        • Salary costs are too high for too long.
apply adjustments carefully
Apply Adjustments Carefully

*

* Average performance produces a COLA adjustment

combining the two
Combining The Two
  • Using the illustrations:
    • Savings of 1.205% of payroll
  • Requires planning
    • Include honest communications
    • Collective agreement.
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Variable Pay - Creativity

  • Look at bonuses:
    • Balance employee incentive with Company ROI
    • Make bonuses self-funding
    • Set objectives carefully
    • Make sure objectives are achieved
    • Replace base pay increases by one-time bonuses.
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Variable Pay - Creativity

  • Annual salary adjustment Profit Sharing
    • Share the wealth, share the pain
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Total Rewards – Beyond Pay

  • Goal – retain best employees
    • Identify key positions, staff
      • Foster partnership environment
      • Look for development opportunities
    • Creative downsizing
      • Selective 3-4 day weeks (better than bye-bye)
      • Maybe an opportunity…
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Communicate,Communicate, Communicate!

  • Tell everyone that:
    • The economy is affecting the company
    • Pay will reflect company performance
    • Bonuses, increases etc. are NOT an entitlement
    • Goal - fairness in a tough economy
    • Working for the good of all stakeholders.
so more than ever
So, More Than Ever…
  • Manage your compensation effectively.
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Offering accounting and financial advisory services to a wide range of small and medium sized businesses.

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TAX STRATEGIES INTOUGH TIMES:
  • Changes to owner/manager compensation
  • The new Tax Free Savings Account
  • Highlights of the most recent Federal Budget
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TAX FREE SAVINGS ACCOUNT

  • Annual contribution limit of $5,000 for 2009, indexed post 2009.
  • Only for “individuals 18 years or older”.
  • Unused room for any one year carries forward.
  • Withdrawals regenerate room.

…continued

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

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TAX FREE SAVINGS ACCOUNT

  • Income/capital gains never taxed.
  • Great for interest and capital gains; lousy for capital losses. Good for dividends when income is above $75,000 and great for seniors who have their OAS payments clawed back.
  • No attribution if funded by spouse.

…continued

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

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TAX FREE SAVINGS ACCOUNT

  • Upon death a TFSA transferred from 1 spouse to another maintains its tax-free status but no additional contributions can be made for the deceased spouse.
  • Emigrants can keep a TFSA but cannot make future contributions. Therefore top it up before you go and move to Bermuda…

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

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FEDERAL BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS

  • Small Business Limit ↑ $500,000 from $400,000 starting 2009
  • 100% write-off of computers and software purchased to January 31, 2010
  • Mandatory electronic filing of corporate taxes starting 2010 if Revenues > $1 million

BUSINESS

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FEDERAL BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS

  • Basic exemption increased to $10,320 from $10,100 ($9,600 in 2008)
  • Bottom bracket widened by 7.5% to $40,726
  • Home renovation credit at 15% of costs over $1,000 to a maximum credit of $1,350 (i.e. $9,000 x 15%)
  • First time home buyer credit of $750

PERSONAL

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THANK YOU.

Questions?

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Margot E. Uson

Merci et Bonne Journée

Del Chatterson

Marco Della Rocca

Terry Fitzpatrick

Michael Hiles& Associates Inc.

Michael Hiles

Chris Murray

Brett Maclean

Steve Kraml

Morrie Weinberg

& Associates Inc.

SORELLA, LAHAIE

Avocats

Simon Lahaie

Robin Whitrod, CA

Vince Santaguida

Morrie Weinberg

Learn more about our members at: www.psnetwork.ca