Feb. 15, 2012

Canadian HR Newswire


Pension changes likely in 2020-25: Flaherty
Canadian HR Reporter, online
To involve more than 1 federal budget

Ontario regulatory HR bill to receive second reading March 1: HRPA
Canadian HR Reporter, online
If passed, Bill 28 would regulate HRPA members in manner similar to accountants

Labour minister urges Air Canada, pilots' union to continue talks
Canadian Labour Reporter, online
Legal lockout or strike possible now that 'cooling off' period expired

Cover letters still valuable in hiring process: Survey
Canadian HR Reporter, online
Still common to receive cover letters electronically

RRSPs more popular with men, TFSAs with women
Canadian HR Reporter, online
More men saving for retirement by age 34: RBC

One-half of employers don't have policies welcoming new Canadians: Survey
Canadian HR Reporter, online
IEPs, employers disagree on effectiveness of diversity programs

Few Canadians willing to relocate overseas
Canadian HR Reporter, online
Most would be motivated by better pay: Survey

Spain cuts severance costs in new labour reform
Canadian HR Reporter, News from the Global Workplace
Reform also provides incentives for hiring young workers

Todd HumberIn praise of the cover letter
Todd Humber, Editor's Blog
Cover letters are a must when applying for a job — just don't be 'that Wall Street guy'


Brian KreisslEmployers should 'friend' social media in the workplace
Brian Kreissl, HR Polices & Practices
Managing risks with appropriate policies and safeguards


Jeffrey R. SmithRolling the dice on safety
Jeffrey R. Smith, Employment Law
Should dismissal be automatic for safety-sensitive employees who knowingly
ignore safety guidelines?

Stuart RudnerHow not to conduct an investigation and dismissal
Stuart Rudner, Canadian HR Law
B.C. employer's termination of long-time worker results in $85,000 in punitive, aggravated damages

Claudine KapelDo pension plans really matter?
Claudine Kapel, Compensation
In turbulent economic times, employees value income security


Dave CrispWish I'd said it: Why hate HR?
Dave Crisp, Strategic HR
With continually better arguments, is it time to put a foot down?



Bill 28: Update on the legislation to regulate HR professionals in Ontario
Canadian HR Reporter
Bill Greenhalgh, CEO of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA), talks about the status of Bill 28, why the legislation is necessary and the reaction from HRPA members


Employment Law

Termination under employment standards doesn't preclude common law notice award: Court
Canadian Employment Law Today, online
Employer argued automatic termination under ESA after lengthy layoff didn't warrant
additional award for reasonable notice

Limiting public workers' right to strike unconstitutional: Sask. court
Canadian Employment Law Today, online
Judge says law doesn't give employees adequate dispute resolution process

Workplace bullying: A clear and present danger Subscriber-only content
Canadian Employment Law Today
Employment law expert David Whitten takes a look at workplace bullying and the importance
of HR departments taking proactive action to nip it in the bud before and when it becomes a
problem in the workplace

Employee fired after anger management ruse Subscriber-only content
Canadian Employment Law Today
Canada Post worker claimed chats with social worker friend were counselling sessions

Health & Safety

New president and CEO of WorkSafeNB appointed
Canadian Safety Reporter, online
Gerard Adams will begin 5-year term Feb. 27

WCB Manitoba opens new office in Brandon
Canadian Safety Reporter, online
Office will provide initial adjudication of claims and case management functions

Supervisors have critical role in worker safety Subscriber-only content
Canadian Safety Reporter
Front-line managers communicate policies, are first to be blamed when things go wrong

Labour Relations

Toronto outside workers ratify new contract
Canadian Labour Reporter, online
Workers will receive 4.5 per cent increase over 4 years

Unions, government return to court in $28-billion challenge
Canadian Labour Reporter, online
Unions, pensioners want government to acknowledge 'equitable' interest

Laid-off Quebec miners awarded $900,000 in back pay
Canadian Labour Reporter, online
2-year dispute concluded after workers joined larger union

Interest arbitration under fire in era of fiscal restraint Subscriber-only content
Canadian Labour Reporter
Principle of replication, choice of comparators resulting in awards critics claim are too large

Collective agreements Subscriber-only content
Canadian Labour Reporter
The recent issue of Canadian Labour Reporter also features details on 6 collective agreements, including the Halifax Regional Library Board, City of Ottawa (OC Transpo) and Olymel.
For a complete list of collective agreements in the recent issue, see


Ontario unveils hours of work and overtime tool
Canadian Payroll Reporter, online
Tool to help employers comply with Employment Standards Act

4th time the charm for payroll professional Subscriber-only content
Canadian Payroll Reporter
Cindy Forget dabbled in law, HR and admin world before settling on payroll


5 steps leaders should take to engage workers Subscriber-only content
Canadian HR Reporter
Leveraging passion, enthusiasm leads to invested, loyal and motivated workforce

Current Issue

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Caution still reigns with salary forecasts Subscriber-only content
Some employers downgrade budgets predicted last summer, but there are signs of optimism

People with episodic disabilities valuable talent Subscriber-only content
Flex-time, different work duties, private space at work among common accommodations: Report

Vale must open its gates to fired worker: Board Subscriber-only content
Union vice-president, terminated during strike, banned from company property

  • Playing games on the job helps Ontario firm improve sales calls
  • What to do with OAS eligibility?
  • Are hybrid pension plans the answer?
  • Plus much more


    Browse 100s of HR-related events online
    Canadian HR Reporter, online
    The online calendar of events features detailed listings of upcoming events, including conferences, seminars, webinars and more in a wide range of HR disciplines, including pensions, payroll, health and safety, and employment law. Holding an event? You can list it in the online calendar for free — simply go to the calendar page and click "Add an Event."


    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

    Key Considerations to Drafting and Enforcing Employment Policies
    Make sure your organization's policies are a useful tool rather than a liability

    Presenters: Sundeep Gokhale and Adrian Bilyk, Sherrard Kuzz LLP
    Date: Feb. 29, 2012
    Time: 12:00 — 1:00 p.m. ET
    Cost: $69 + applicable taxes

    Managing Employee Leaves
    Practical tips and best practices employers can use to protect their interests when
    employees go on leave

    Presenters: Lorenzo Lisi and Elizabeth Duncan, Sherrard Kuzz LLP
    Time: On demand
    Cost: $69 + applicable taxes


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