Jan. 31, 2012

Canadian HR Newswire


Old Age Security unsustainable: Conservatives
Canadian HR Reporter, online
But CPP 'actuarially sound'

Canadian CEOs optimistic, predicting growth in 2012: Survey
Canadian HR Reporter, online
More than one-half expecting to increase head count

Work-life balance has greatest impact on job satisfaction
Canadian HR Reporter, online
Opportunity to learn and grow also valued: Survey

StatsCan revisions show higher December jobs growth
Canadian HR Reporter, online
Job losses less severe than originally estimated

1 in 10 U.K. workers has had sex in the office: Survey
Canadian HR Reporter, News from the Global Workplace
Office romance more appealing to men than women

Fewer U.S. firms offering perks, incentives to CEOs: Survey
Canadian HR Reporter, News from the Global Workplace
Hospitality, insurance, utilities executives seeing biggest decreases

Todd HumberWhat are we to do with OAS eligibility?
Todd Humber, Editor's Blog
Government mulls changes that could impact how long Canadians choose
to stay in the workforce

Jeffrey R. SmithA frustrating dilemma
Jeffrey R. Smith, Employment Law
When licensing requirements change, should an employee be given a chance
to regain the license before dismissal?

Stuart Rudner10 vacation time and pay myths
Stuart Rudner, Canadian HR Law
Employment standards legislation — particulary in Ontario — makes vacation
more complicated than many employers appreciate

Claudine KapelMaking better pay decisions
Claudine Kapel, Compensation
5 common hazards can increase costs and risks


Dave CrispWas Steve Jobs a good leader?
Dave Crisp, Strategic HR
Odd exceptions that stretch the rule can be instructive


Brian KreisslDo employers discriminate based on social class?
Brian Kreissl, HR Polices & Practices
Diversity should include socioeconomic considerations



A bartender's guide to leadership
Canadian HR Reporter
Helen Rothberg, a professor at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and president of consulting firm HNR Associates, spoke at a recent Strategic Capability Network (SCNetwork) event about the leadership lessons she learned while working as a bartender


Employment Law

Quitting before end of notice period doesn't cancel right to damages for
inadequate notice: Court

Canadian Employment Law Today, online
Employee quit rather than working during notice period that was too short

Idle hands lead to too much surfing Subscriber-only content
Canadian Employment Law Today
Spending more than one-half of workdays surfing the Internet and looking at porn
serious but not enough for dismissal: Adjudicator

A traumatic decision? Subscriber-only content
Canadian Employment Law Today
Ontario's Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal reconsiders entitlement to
traumatic stress benefits

Health & Safety

New mobile app offers quick contractor-liability clearance in B.C.
Canadian Safety Reporter, online
Allows employers to request new clearance letters from WorkSafeBC, review existing
clearance letters from smartphones

WCB P.E.I. rolls out operational plan for 2012
Canadian Safety Reporter, online
Document looks at steps to fulfilling goals in HR, legislation

WCB Manitoba appoints new president and CEO
Canadian Safety Reporter, online
Board confident new leader "will be a great fit with WCB staff and stakeholders"

New vice-chair appointed to N.B. Appeals Tribunal
Canadian Safety Reporter, online
Jean Raymond Wade has experience with tribunals on both sides of the bench

Labour Relations

Air Canada crew schedulers vote to strike if operations move
Canadian Labour Reporter, online
Airline plans to move scheduling operations from Montreal to Toronto

York Region Transit strike over with second ratification
Canadian Labour Reporter, online
3-month-long Ontario transit strike concludes, full service resumes Feb. 4

Toronto paramedics remain non-essential
Canadian Labour Reporter, online
City's executive board waits to make decision until after labour dispute

Teachers in B.C. upset by decision to abolish college Subscriber-only content
Canadian Labour Reporter
Structure of new regulatory agency limits role of teachers on disciplinary panels

Termination excessive for insubordination Subscriber-only content
Canadian Labour Reporter
The grievor had a personal issue with one member of management and the parties had reached an agreement regarding their interactions. When the grievor became a union official and their relationship again became hostile, the company tried to use an earlier event to support discipline. The arbitrator disagreed and reduced the termination to a suspension.

Collective agreements Subscriber-only content
Canadian Labour Reporter
The recent issue of Canadian Labour Reporter also features details on 10 collective agreements, including the City of Edmonton, Bombardier's Mirabel Tubing Centre, Extendicare and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. For a complete list of collective agreements in the recent issue, see http://www.labour-reporter.com/issue.


Nova Scotia minimum wage increasing to $10.15 on April 1
Canadian Payroll Reporter, online
$9.65 for inexperienced workers

Ontario fitness club operator and director fined $130,000 for employment
standards violations

Canadian Payroll Reporter, online
Premier Fitness Clubs pleaded guilty to failing to promptly pay 38 employees and
former employees

Payroll earnings virtually unchanged from October to November: StatsCan
Canadian Payroll Reporter, online
Average weekly hours down 0.3 per cent

Saskatchewan employer payroll statements due in February
Canadian Payroll Reporter, online
Employers can file by fax, mail, online


A bartender's guide to leadership
Canadian HR Reporter
Helen Rothberg, a professor at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and president of consulting firm HNR Associates, spoke at a recent Strategic Capability Network (SCNetwork) event about the leadership lessons she learned while working as a bartender

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Tread carefully with social media checks Subscriber-only content
Alberta's privacy commissioner issues guidelines for employers

Ontario could see spike in mental stress claims Subscriber-only content
Requirements of physical threat when granting benefits eliminated in tribunal decision

Power to the people Subscriber-only content
How Capital Power helped new hires hit the ground running with onboarding program

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    Making Sense of Changes to Pension Legislation in Canada
    The Canada Pension Plan is changing and adapting. Make sure your organization is ready
    to adapt as well.

    Presenter: Laurier Guimond, Senior Consultant, Canada Pension Plan Specialized Mobile
    Outreach Services, Service Canada
    Date: Feb. 15, 2012
    Time: 12:00 — 1:00 p.m. ET
    Cost: $69 + applicable taxes

    The Rise of Workplace Stress and Harassment Claims: What Employers Can Do
    Dealing with workplace harassment effectively can play a big role in fighting the increasing
    costs of stress claims

    Presenter: David Whitten, Whitten & Lublin
    Date: Feb. 22, 2012
    Time: 12:00 — 1:00 p.m. ET
    Cost: $69 + applicable taxes

    Recognition in the Public Sector
    How public sector employers with limited budgets can achieve effective and sustained
    employee recognition

    Presenters: Leslie Slater, Karen Prokopec, Nisha Haji
    HROntario, Ministry of Government Services
    Time: On demand
    Cost: $69 + applicable taxes


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