YES. There are there supports for beauty industry workers with disabilities! Disability Related Employment Supports a.k.a. ‘DRES’ is a provincial employment support that funds supports or services for Albertans to help them find and maintain employment.
If the eligibility criteria for all parties are met, you may find supports in:
job search and
Examples of eligible assistive services:
Examples of eligible assistive technology:
Set-up, installation and training on use of specialized equipment and/or software
making a washroom accessible
raising lowering or adapting a work station
adapting equipment for the specific use of a person with a disability
power door openers
Talk to a Career and Employment Consultant to see if you meet eligibility for DRES.
Now that you know about DRES, that “DRES” is quite lovely, don’t you agree?
The different government forms you need to file can leave your head spinning! This article breaks down the difference between an ROE and a T4.
Record of Employment (ROE)
You file this form when you leave a job for good, or for a period of time. This form is very important because it is the document that determines whether or not you are eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits.
The ROE documents the amount of hours you worked in the last 52 weeks prior to applying for EI. You must have worked at least 420 hours to be eligible for EI regular benefits.
Your employer is responsible to issue your ROE within 5 days of your last day.
You file this form every year that you work, even if you worked only a couple of days during the year.
Any employers that you had throughout the year should provide your T4 by February of the following year. For example, you should be receiving your 2019 T4 by February 2020.
Your annual T4 provides information that determines if you paid enough EI, CPP, and taxes according to how much money you made that year.
This form is used to file your taxes every year, but don’t worry, if you don’t have it, your pay stubs can be used to calculate your annual income.
If 2019 was a tough year for you, don’t worry, a new decade is here! No matter the challenges of last year, we’re here to share with you the recipe for happiness and satisfaction in 2020. In this post, we hope to shed light on the subconscious mind and how it dictates your luck through mental models.
The New Year or birthdays are a great time to reset your thinking because it provides a memorable timeline to help you measure your progress. Whether you know it or not, you practice mental models in your everyday life.
What are mental models?
Mental models are a collection of thoughts that make up your subconscious attitude.
Over the years and unbeknownst to you, your mind has been creating mental models as a result of your childhood experiences and your perceptions as an adult. Subconsciously, your mind uses the mental models it created to anticipate the results of an event or decision, and also to reason and explain your choices, good or bad.
Let’s look at some examples of mental models. Do any of the following phrases sound familiar to you?
▸ I can’t” ▸ “Why speak up? It won’t make a difference” ▸ “If I want something done right I have to do it myself” ▸ “I don’t care” ▸ “I have no time” ▸ “What’s the point?”
Can you think of a time when your mental models influenced a decision you made in the workplace?
Examples of mental models in the workplace sound like this…
▸ “Seniority rules” ▸ “We can’t be all things to all people” ▸ “Don’t rock the boat” ▸ “Who do they think we are” ▸ “We don’t have the resources” ▸ “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”
But how do mental models influence luck?
The Law of Attraction is the theory that you attract positivity into your life by having a positive outlook on life. The premise is that you can think or speak something into existence. Sounds like hocus pocus right?
There’s a psychological explanation to this theory. Most people understand this theory to work with the following formula:
A leads to B, where “A” represents your “positive” thoughts and “B” represents your reward
However, the Law of Attraction has much to do with you mental models. The law works under the belief that positive mental models allow your brain to recognize when good things are happening to you in life. In other words, your brain’s “radar” is turned on to see opportunities and possibilities as “luck”.
So it’s not that you “attact” something that wasn’t there before, it’s that your mind attributes a positive emotion (gratitude) to a particular event or experience that is happening to you anyway. When you reset your brain’s mental models, this creates a self-feeding cycle of proof for you that good things do happen to you, no matter the size or significance of event or experience.
Examples of positive mental models are:
▸ “I can do it” ▸ “People are fundamentally good” ▸ “We all have our bad days”
Mental models impact behaviour and can either help us achieve our goals or block us from achieving them. Don’t feel bad if some of your mental models need some rethinking- they live in our subconscious where they lurk until we shed a spotlight on them.
How can we change our mental models?
The first step is simply to be aware of your thoughts. Next time you come across a challenge, identify the problem in order to plan a solution.
Planning and organization is the best way to overcome things that scare us. Once you have a plan in order, put it into action and observe the results for future reference. This in turn will recalibrate your brain’s mental models.
When good things happen to you, do you see them as a blessing, or just dumb luck?
Do I include tips when calculating CPP and EI deductions?
There are 2 types of tips.
Controlled tips are mandatory to the client. For example, spa parties may include a mandatory 18% gratuity that is included in the bill. If you include or “control” the tip amount in the final bill, then these tips must be included in the insurable earnings (wages + VAC pay + tips + commission). Anything considered “insurable earnings” must be accounted for when calculating the EI and CPP deductions.
Direct tips are out of your control. A client may or may not tip you or your service providers. Only the client is in control of the amount of tip they choose to leave. You as the employer are simply passing the tip from the hands of the client to the hands of your service provider. Direct tips are NOT considered insurable hours and are therefore not included when calculating EI and CPP deductions.
The declaration of tips is the responsibility of the tip reciever when filing their personal taxes.