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Nethris now connects with QuickBooks Online

By Alexandra Duchaine,

In addition to its payroll services, Nethris offers SME owners various technologies to simplify time-consuming management tasks, such as bookkeeping.

Our General Ledger Interface solution provides our clients with a payroll accounting entries report, which they can import to their accounting software after each payroll processing. This tool is compatible with Sage50MD, AcombaMD, AvantageMD, DynabecMD, YardiMD and many others.

Our teams worked hard to add QuickBooksMD Online to this list. They have created an effective and user-friendly transfer interface, which is available since March 12, 2020.

Simply put, this is how it works: Our clients connect to the Nethris Internet Suite to request payroll data transfer to their QuickBooks Online account. From there, everything is automated. The amounts are distributed to their respective general ledger accounts, no import needed.

Another advantage: The changes made to the QuickBooks chart of accounts are saved simultaneously in the Nethris Internet Suite. The two solutions are synchronized!

Learn more about the General Ledger Interface.

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COVID-19- CGI’S preparedness

By Alexandra Duchaine,

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the COVID-19 situation a global pandemic. CGI’s Global Security team* is closely monitoring the situation and we have proactively put in place guidance that all members, contractors, and third-party suppliers who come on CGI’s premises should follow at any time.

To facilitate a coordinated, consistent and proactive response to the threat, CGI has taken a global approach to communications, incident tracking, reporting and overall crisis management. Our Pandemic Preparedness Plan, a key element of our Global Business Continuity Program, has been activated and uses risk-based protocols to mitigate the impacts on our employee population, address absenteeism, assess threats to service delivery, and manage internal and external communications.

The health and safety of our members and the business continuity for our clients are our first priority. With this in mind, CGI has put in place the following travel restrictions (as of March 13, 2020):

  • Travel is restricted for all countries.
  • We ask individuals who have travelled internationally or have had physical contact with friends or family who have travelled internationally to monitor themselves for symptoms. If during monitoring any symptoms emerge, we direct these individuals to immediately self-quarantine for 14 days and communicate with their manager and healthcare provider. 
  • We recommend practicing social distancing and the cancellation of participation in large events and gatherings.
  • Members, contractors, and third-party suppliers who develop any of the COVID-19 symptoms are asked to communicate with their responsible manager and healthcare provider and follow their recommendations (quarantine, containment measures, if applicable).

The situation at Nethris

The deployment of a workforce distribution strategy has started and we have identified key employees in our teams to ensure continuity of service. This redistribution of the workforce will make us less vulnerable to the impacts of a regional outbreak and will facilitate ongoing support, while reducing the risk of disruption to our service delivery.

As a client of Nethris, please note that:

  • Our web platform remains accessible at all times and no service interruption is expected;
  • If you use Self-service, your reports and employees’ pay slips will remain accessible on our web and mobile platforms.

We also recommend that you:

  • Privilege online services at your disposal;
  • Ensure that your access codes are valid;
  • Foresee an authorized replacement who will be able to access the Nethris Internet Suite and enter information within the prescribed timeframe to ensure your employees’ payroll processing on time. Please ensure that their access codes are valid;
  • Foresee an authorized replacement who will be able to communicate with our Customer Service, where necessary. Also ensure that this individual’s calling codes are valid.

We will continue to closely monitor this constantly evolving situation and make any necessary adjustments. Rest assured that any important information will be communicated to you as soon as possible. To simplify your work during the global COVID-19 pandemic, we centralize useful information for your business. Click here for more details.

*Nethris is a registered trademark of CGI Payroll Services Centre Inc. 

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Destination Toronto

By Alexandra Duchaine,

Nethris was an exhibitor at the HRPA2020 Annual Conference & Trade Show, which was held in downtown Toronto at the end of January. Organized by the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA), this conference is the largest of its kind in Canada.

Close to 5,000 visitors were present, Ontarians for the most part, in an effort to lengthen their list of contacts, to exchange HR management strategies and to discover new solutions to make their job easier. The perfect opportunity to present our all-in-one user-friendly management solutions for payroll, employee profiles, training, salary scales, and online employee requests.

Many participants wanted to increase their expertise by attending several expert presentations. How to manage a senior team? How to formulate constructive criticism? How to address gender identity issues? The wide variety of conferences on the program was a toolbox for skill development.

Training, networking activities and round tables were offered specially for students in human resources management. Our representatives were on site, ready to share with the new generation a few tips on how to effectively manage employees.

The trade show in numbers:

• 155 conferences
• 175 speakers
• 5,000 visitors
• 260 exhibitors

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Using Technology to Solve Labour Shortage

By Alexandra Duchaine,

81% of SMEs have a hard time recruiting employees, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). In Quebec alone, there are 140,000 jobs to fill. How can we attract and retain employees? This is a major challenge for entrepreneurs, especially since the labour shortage is not about to run out of steam.

During his conference at Montreal Convention Centre, Sebastiaan Van Ineveld, Nethris Marketing Manager, mentioned to the several executives attending his conference that “business owners should look to technology to deal with the lack of workers”. The conference was organized as part of the annual Stratégies PME event held at the end of November, which hosts over 450 experts and 130 guest speakers.

Tools to Attract Employees
To stand out in this current job market crisis, employers should nowadays provide jobseekers with the best experience. They must not only offer a stimulating place to work, diverse learning opportunities, and interesting benefits and activities, but also (and more importantly!) web and mobile tools to facilitate tasks and interactions. Sebastiaan emphasized that “Workplace tech solutions are a way to increase employee and manager satisfaction”.

Imagine that a film production company hires you. Upon signing your contract, you are provided login credentials for your employee portal. Within the portal, you find everything you need for your integration: a list of documents to complete, an explanation of company values, training videos, a welcome message, etc. As soon as you start, you have access to work essential applications for internal communications, project management, real-time feedback, timesheets, pay stubs, etc. With a myriad of platforms to simplify daily tasks, your job is always pleasant. Why would you want to work anywhere else?

A needle in a haystack
There are hundreds of available solutions on the market. “Your objective is to find the one that suits you best and meets your needs”, Sebastiaan mentioned during his conference. He also presented a buying guide for employee management solutions and gave the advice to “not just focus on dollars and cents. According to Capterra, an American web site that documents and evaluates useful software for businesses, 62% of SMEs will end up changing their HR tools because they chose the cheapest vendor, without considering their proper needs”.

At the end of the presentation, business owners were invited to visit the Nethris booth to continue the conversation of this hot topic and learn more about the employee management and payroll solutions Nethris offers.

About our speaker
Passionate about technology trends, Sebastiaan Van Ineveld helps Canadian businesses discover solutions to facilitate employee and payroll management. Sebastiaan has over 12 years of experience in human resources, marketing, and communications management for technological and chemical industries, professional and recruitment services. His research, dedicated to branding and sustainability, was conducted as part of a Master’s in International Marketing Communications at The Hague University (Netherlands). It earned him the prize for best Master’s thesis and allowed him to develop a thorough understanding of the business reality.

 

 

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A very special invitation

By Alexandra Duchaine,

At Nethris, we are always looking for new ways to thank our clients for using our payroll and employee management solutions. In November, we offered our clients tickets to the Stratégies PME event, which took place at Montreal Convention Centre. Seventy entrepreneurs were thus able to enhance their management skills by attending conferences or visiting presenters’ booths. They were also invited to our VIP section where our time management expert, Thomas Bensa, provided tips and tricks on how to optimize schedule planning and management.

Coffee, croissants, and smoothies were offered in the intimate setting of our VIP section, where Thomas presented Nethris features that facilitate the creation, modification, and display of schedules, as well as time sheets and punch tools, which simplify the calculation of hours worked. Our product directors and representatives were also there to answer questions from business owners.

Several times each year, we invite our clients to come and see us at special events or at our offices. Are we going to get the chance to meet you soon?

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Another exposition for Nethris!

By Alexandra Duchaine,

The Better Business Expo reunites Canada’s largest providers of business solutions. Nethris’s comprehensive employee and payroll management technologies meet the needs of more than 16,000 SMEs throughout the country. It is therefore not surprising that we have participated in the most recent editions of this event, which took place this fall in Toronto and Ajax, in Ontario.

While visiting our kiosks, many entrepreneurs discovered the Nethris Internet Suite’s many different features and were able to benefit from our expert advice on how to simplify their work.

If you also wish to learn more about or web and mobile solutions, you can refer to nethris.com/business-solutions.

 

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Nethris, friend of accountants

By Alexandra Duchaine,

Payroll is complex, even for accounting professionals. At Nethris, one of our missions is to help accountants and bookkeepers to stay on top of the latest legislative changes and best practices related to payroll. That is why we participate in IPBC Ignite, an annual event that brings together number impassioned Canadians from across the country.

Organized by the Institute of Professional Bookkeepers of Canada, the event offers multiple conferences and a trade show. The latest edition, which brought together close to 500 experts, took place at the Hilton Lac-Leamy hotel in Gatineau, from September 18 to 20, 2019. At the Nethris booth, our representatives were ready to network, to provide advice and to present our General Ledger Interface solution, which automates accounting entries related to payroll.

The next IPBC Ignite event will take place in Victoria, British Columbia, during the last week of September 2020. For more information, click here. See you next year!

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Nethris employees unite for payroll

By Alexandra Duchaine,

On a daily basis, the Nethris employees strive to help employers pay their personnel on the expected date. This essential task is crucial to the financial health of the Canadian workforce, as half of the workers say that they could not meet their obligations if their pay was delayed for a few days. The National Payroll Week, held every year at the beginning of September, celebrates the continued efforts of experts throughout the country.

National Payroll Week- Nethris

Several Nethris members put on their best disguise. © SR Photographie

Our business participated enthusiastically in the festivities by organizing various activities with a 70’s theme, in our Ahuntsic-Cartierville offices in Montreal. The objective was to call to mind the journey of our payroll specialists since the foundation of Nethris some 45 years ago. Each employee was invited to wear brown bell-bottom pants, an orange shirt with psychedelic patterns or unusually large glasses to express, in American hippy fashion, their desire to unite for payroll. Popcorn, cotton candy and gifts were offered to all of our employees.

At Nethris, we believe that it is important to take the time to highlight the essential work of payroll professionals. Hence, we sponsor, year after year, the various conferences and networking activities organized by the Canadian Payroll Association during the National Payroll Week.

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Nethris solidifies its partnership with Mintz Global Screening

By Alexandra Duchaine,

Did you know about Nethris’s Pre-employment Service solution, which allows Canadian employers to conduct background checks regarding judicial records, employment history, education, and credit files for the candidates they wish to hire?

These verification services are provided by Mintz Global Screening. We are offering them to our clients at preferential rates. We recently renegotiated our partnership agreement to speed up and simplify your background check requests.

By virtue of this new agreement, our clients can now benefit from:

  • A business portal allowing them to submit a background check request in a few clicks;
  • A dedicated specialist assigned to their account, who has a comprehensive knowledge of the status of their various requests;
  • A bilingual hotline from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.

There are countless news reports of large organizations that fall victim to sensitive data theft by malevolent employees. That is why we encourage all entrepreneurs to remain vigilant and hire candidates with exemplary behaviour.

For more information, visit nethris.com/pre-employment or call one of our specialists at 1-888-404-6305.

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