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The New Bill 17 Employment Standards

The New Bill 17 Employment Standards

Alberta’s workplaces have evolved since the Employment Standards Code was last updated in 1988, including growth in part-time jobs, shift work and exible schedules. In June 2017, the Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act was passed, and included changes to the Code applicable to employees and employers under provincial jurisdiction. This publication covers the basic standards employers are expected to meet and employees can expect to receive.


We are now Xero Silver Partners

We are now Xero Silver Partners

Thanks to all our Xero bookkeeping, payroll, implementation and integration clients. We’re delighted that we’ve passed this milestone.

To those seeking Xero related services, we’re uniquely positioned to assist with all of your Xero related needs. Wether you need help with implementation, integration, bookkeeping, mentoring, technical advice, or introductions to Xero experienced Accountants, we can help.

We Are Now Network+ Certified

We Are Now Network+ Certified

Apple has raised the bar for their ACN members, and we’ve cleared one of the first hurdles.

CompTIA Network+ is a vendor neutral networking certification that is trusted around the world. It validates the essential knowledge and skills needed to confidently design, configure, manage and troubleshoot any wired and wireless networks. CompTIA Network+ certified individuals are in-demand worldwide.

How to Spot a Phishing Attack

How to Spot a Phishing Attack

Text from the e-mail sounds legitimate enough, but in reality, you may be the victim of a phishing attack. Identity thieves, masquerading as Royal Bank, PayPal, or other financial or Internet companies, try to dupe you into clicking phony links to verify personal or account information. You’re asked for home addresses, passwords, social security numbers, credit cards numbers, banking account information, and so on.

Bottom line: Never click links embedded in suspicious e-mails. When you hover the cursor over a link such as www.paypal.com, it actually leads elsewhere.

To lend authenticity to these appeals, the spoof e-mails often are dressed up with real company logos and addresses, plus a forged company name in the From line (for example, From: support@ebay.com). Phishing may take the form of falsified company newsletters. Or there may be bogus requests for you to reconfirm personal data.

So how do you know when the e-mail request you’re reading is really a phishing attack?

  • Obvious giveaways in some fake e-mails are misspellings, rotten grammar, and repeated words or sentences.

  • No company on the level is going to ask you to reconfirm data that’s been lost.

  • Reputable companies usually refer to you by your real first and last names and business affiliations rather than Dear Member or Dear PayPal Customer.

  • If you have doubts that a communication is legit, open a new browser window and type the real company name yourself (for example, www.ebay.com or www.paypal.com.) Your gut instincts concerning phony mail are probably on the mark.

Here’s an excerpt lifted from a phishing attack:

Dear TD Customer,

(URGENT) Your TD Online Banking has been suspended. To unlock your account, click here.

New Income Tax Forms for Canada

New Income Tax Forms for Canada

The new year brings some changes to personal income tax for Canadians. Here are the 2017 TD1 forms for you and your employees:

Federal TD1:  https://www.abovestudio1.com/forms/td1-fill-17e.pdf

Alberta TD1: https://www.abovestudio1.com/forms/td1ab-fill-17e.pdf

And for those not in Alberta, the forms for all the provinces can be found at:


For any of your Xero, WagePoint payroll or Apple Technology needs, please contact us.

Happy New Year!

Your team at Above Studio 1