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  • in reply to: WMCO Membership Inquiry – Overtime for Sales Staff #12309

    Tara Davey
    Keymaster

    Our sales person is on salary. She does have after hours meetings but has the flexibility to take off during regular hours if she needs.
    I think this is how I would handle any additional employee in sales. Or give them a one morning a week off to balance the hours.

    in reply to: WMCO Membership Inquiry – Overtime for Sales Staff #12308

    Tara Davey
    Keymaster

    A. Flex the time – awesome for the staff regardless of everything else.
    B. Allow banking of hours – works as long as it is enforced during slow times, if you don’t have slow times, be prepared to pay it out.
    C. Pay overtime – be prepared to payout.
    D. Other – (Please specify) this is my fav – switch to salary + commission – work the hours to make the commission. As many as it takes if they want the sale and the money. Generally will work the same hours as now with no responsibility on you to pay overtime. Top earners are your most efficient works.

    in reply to: WMCO Membership Inquiry – Overtime for Sales Staff #12307

    Tara Davey
    Keymaster

    Flex the time

    in reply to: WMCO Membership Inquiry – Overtime for Sales Staff #12306

    Tara Davey
    Keymaster

    I’d like to share

    Respond with all that apply:
    A. Flex the time< B. Allow banking of hours C. Pay overtime D. Other – (Please specify) Answer ABC

    in reply to: WMCO Membership Inquiry – Overtime for Sales Staff #12305

    Tara Davey
    Keymaster

    We do b only.

    in reply to: WMCO Membership Inquiry – Overtime for Sales Staff #12304

    Tara Davey
    Keymaster

    I could provide a check off on the specific situation in this survey but the situation it not black and white. HR matters like these if not handled properly can cause misunderstanding and potential legal issues if a dismissal or dispute occurs. When it comes to this question, I highly recommend the company that is asking the question, speak to a professional labour lawyer for advice. Many companies do not handle this area very well with salaried staff.

    To avoid any misunderstandings during or after employment ends between the company and the Sales/Design Staff, an employment agreement is recommended. This would be signed voluntarily and agreed to by both the company and employee (the wording of the agreement should suggest the employee seek legal advice before signing or waive it). The agreement still needs to meet or exceed the Ontario Employment Standards Act.

    The company is not obligated to pay professionals such as Sales Management or Designers overtime. If the written formal agreement is stated with the following key points:
    Sales/Designer Employee hours of employment are paid a salary based upon normal hours of work that are 8:30am to 5:00pm or 40 hours per week.
    Overtime is not paid, unless approved by management.
    The employee may need to change works hours to accommodate meeting with clients or meeting project deadlines.

    At most companies, they do not pay overtime to salaried staff but may allow some flex time, with approval from the Supervisor.

    in reply to: WMCO Membership Inquiry – Overtime for Sales Staff #12303

    Tara Davey
    Keymaster

    C. Pay overtime

    in reply to: WMCO Membership Inquiry – Overtime for Sales Staff #12302

    Tara Davey
    Keymaster

    Respond with all that apply: See answers in Bold

    A. Flex the time Yes, our staff set their own hours
    B. Allow banking of hours Yes, our staff set their own hours
    C. Pay overtime Our staff is on salary/commission so the more they sell the more they make.

    in reply to: WMCO Membership Inquiry – Overtime for Sales Staff #12301

    Tara Davey
    Keymaster

    This is not my department and I may not be fully aware of our practices but we don’t have a typical sales person that goes on the road and pushed our services. If our sales/estimating team members work off hours or extra hours there really is no overtime pay or banking of hours, we do more of a flex time. Most of our office staff are salaried employees and there are times we take off without pay deductions but there are also time we have to put in extra time. It balances out.


    Tara Davey
    Keymaster

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    in reply to: Membership Inquiry – Water Based Isocyanate Paint #12168

    Tara Davey
    Keymaster

    We sell 2-K water based polyurethanes that contain isocyanates. As a rule the levels that are emitted during spraying are usually below the threshold level that requires special protection or reporting. Unfortunately because the SDS will state that there are isocyanates present a Ministry of Labour inspector may require proof that this is true or will require the shop to proceed with the required reporting and advanced PPE typically used when working with solvent based polyurethanes commonly used in the auto refinish sector. This would mean having in place a safe handling plan for the use of the material and providing the customers with fresh air supplied respirators. In the past some of our customers have had an environmental air quality assessment done which monitors the air for isocyanates during a work day. The last test we had done in 2019 was around $7000.00 for a shop with two booths. It was determined that the level of isocyanates did not reach the LEL level to require any special handling or PPE. If the member would like I could forward them the name of the company that did the environmental assessment. We still provided assistance for our customer with creating a safe handling process to ensure that there employees are informed and aware but I think any supplier would do the same.

    Regards,

    Tony Colanardi
    General Manager

    60 Malcolm Road Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1K 1A9
    Email: tony@royalcitypaint.com
    Office: 519-837-3820
    Toll Free in Ontario: 1-800-401-7773
    Fax: 519-837-2014

    in reply to: Membership Inquiry – Water Based Isocyanate Paint #12167

    Tara Davey
    Keymaster

    Water based paints are not only beneficial for the environment, but typically are less messy and easier to dispose of. They also should be a benefit to your property insurance rates. Keep in mind if you use a water based stain/paint and still finish with an oil based varnish/lacquer/topcoat, this will still keep your insurance rates up!

    This has already happened to the vehicle industry – they use water based paints but the topcoat is still oil based.

    Lastly, keep in mind that in an atomized state even lower volatile products become flammable – I used to demonstrate this by lighting a match to a small pile of flour (it would not ignite however if I threw it up in the air and lit the flour it would burn quite impressively).

    Isocyanate paint is still hazardous to human exposure and adequate protection still is required.

    Hopefully I’ve answered the question for you.

    Cheers!
    Alex

    in reply to: Membership Inquiry – Water Based Isocyanate Paint #12166

    Tara Davey
    Keymaster

    I do not have experience with these terms.
    I would suggest study the MSDS and the lean on the supplier.

    Sepp

    in reply to: Membership Inquiry – Digital Timesheets #12099

    Tara Davey
    Keymaster

    We use tsheets by quickbooks.

    It’s an app with lots of functionality. We can switch tasks, jobs and customers.

    It syncs with QB easily.

    https://www.tsheets.com/

    in reply to: Membership Inquiry – Digital Timesheets #12098

    Tara Davey
    Keymaster

    We had a custom program written.
    We are generally pleased with how it works. (every program has tiny glitches)
    We got this at a fraction of the cost of typical CRM or ERP systems.
    It does Employee times, customer lists, quotes, supplier lists, inventory control, purchase orders, invoices, profit and loss reports for each order, and more.
    Phase 1 was $4k, Phase 2 & 3 followed over next 2 years. All in under $10k.
    Just employee time recording would only be a fraction of the cost.
    Ours works like a time clock for payroll, and tracks labour for each task / each order, in 6 minute increments.

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