Feb. 22, 2012

Canadian HR Newswire


Caterpillar, union reach tentative closure settlement
Canadian Labour Reporter, online
Workers will vote Feb. 23 whether to accept terms of agreement related to closure of
plant in London, Ont.

Avison Young, New York Fries, Spence Diamonds among 50 best managed companies
Canadian HR Reporter, online
Winners focused on growth — 50 companies grew by 12 per cent last year

Vigilant Global, Cisco Canada, WestJet among top employers in Quebec
Canadian HR Reporter, online
Engagement scores for leaders surpass national average: Survey

Top HR challenge in emerging markets lack of local, skilled talent
Canadian HR Reporter, online
Many employers refining HR policies for local nationals, expatriates: Mercer

Drummond report: Ontario report urges austerity to tame deficit
Canadian HR Reporter, online
Items of interest for HR in sweeping report include freezing the budget for public sector
wages, cracking down on underground economy

GM abandons DB pension plan for white collar employees in U.S.
Canadian HR Reporter, News from the Global Workplace
Automaker introduces DC plan for salaried workers in U.S. hired before 2001

Positive shift in pay prospects in U.K. for 2012 but uncertainty prevails
Canadian HR Reporter, News from the Global Workplace
One-third of private sector predicting pay rise: CIPD


Todd HumberFiring of Toronto transit chief sends wrong message
Todd Humber, Editor's Blog
We should be encouraging, not stifling, intelligent debate about policies,
products and ideas

Brian KreisslHR in a unionized environment
Brian Kreissl, HR Polices & Practices
Collaboration, consultation important in a union context


Jeffrey R. Smith'Remember when I quit a while back? I didn't mean it'
Jeffrey R. Smith, Employment Law
A resignation can be rescinded — even months later — if the employee wasn't
in the right frame of mind

Stuart RudnerAnother botched investigation and dismissal
Stuart Rudner, Canadian HR Law
Employer on the hook for 14 months' damages shows importance of using
'contextual approach' and ensuring discipline is proportionate

Claudine KapelEngaging a remote workforce
Claudine Kapel, Compensation
Companies challenged to maintain human touch in an increasingly wired world


Dave Crisp'You can't make this stuff up' file
Dave Crisp, Strategic HR
My new resolution: Try to be more humorous, even though it's HR



Complying with Ontario's pay equity legislation
Canadian HR Reporter
Carolyn Kay, a partner at Toronto law firm Hicks Morley, talks about the pay equity issues employers face, the hidden costs of non-compliance and how to deal with a request from Ontario's Pay Equity Commission


Employment Law

Employee who packed up and left after argument did not quit: Court
Canadian Employment Law Today, online
Employer followed up acrimonious meeting with email asking to confirm resignation date

Illegality of employment frustrates contract Subscriber-only content
Canadian Employment Law Today
Legislative changes made security guard's licence invalid so employer dismissed him.
Nikolay Y. Chsherbinin, a Toronto-based employment lawyer, discusses the ruling and offers
tips for employers

Employer's rush to judgment leads to judgment against employer Subscriber-only content
Canadian Employment Law Today
Employer ordered to pay more than $500,000 for accusing employee of theft and withholding evidence from police. Tom Gorsky, a lawyer with Sherrard Kuzz, dissects the ruling and
offers tips for employers

Health & Safety

Nova Scotia records 7 workplace deaths in just over a month
Canadian Safety Reporter, online
Everyone must take immediate action to avoid further injuries, illnesses and deaths: Minister

N.B. unveils new tactic to enforce speed limits for commercial vehicles
Canadian Safety Reporter, online
Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers trained by RCMP on how to use radar

Report from B.C. offers best practices to reduce injuries for ultrasound technologists
Canadian Safety Reporter, online
80 per cent of sonographers seek medical treatment for musculoskeletal injuries

When is stress a workplace disability? Subscriber-only content
Canadian Safety Reporter
Challenge to identify point when a stress-related condition is a disability, says
Danielle Leon Foun Lin from Nelligan O'Brien Payne in Ottawa

Labour Relations

Canadian inflation up 2.5 per cent in January: StatsCan
Canadian Labour Reporter, online
Spike in gasoline prices primarily responsible for increase

Drummond report suggests changes to labour relations
Canadian Labour Reporter, online
Interest arbitration should be updated, centralized bargaining implemented: Ontario report

Air Canada, pilots' union accept extended mediation
Canadian Labour Reporter, online
Parties will negotiate for an additional 6 months, airline continues operations

Imposing conditions after contract expires: Effective? Subscriber-only content
Canadian Labour Reporter
Rarely used option in employer's arsenal comes with dangers, especially in public sector

Collective agreements Subscriber-only content
Canadian Labour Reporter
The recent issue of Canadian Labour Reporter also features details on 9 collective agreements, including the Windsor Police Services Board, PriceSmart Foods and the City of Gatineau's inside employees. For a complete list of collective agreements in the recent issue, see


EI recipients increase in December: StatsCan
Canadian Payroll Reporter, online
Number of new and renewal claims essentially unchanged

What minimum wages are rising in 2012? Subscriber-only content
Canadian Payroll Reporter
Alberta, British Columbia and Nova Scotia among the jurisdictions with changes


Authentic leadership steers firms through unsteady, uncertain times Subscriber-only content
Canadian HR Reporter
Leaders should build trust with employees

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Risk of developing Type 2 diabetes a concern: Study

Commuting program entices employers Subscriber-only content
Carpooling service, discount passes provide relief from traffic, parking

Young people seeking mobility, connectivity Subscriber-only content
Many willing to take lower salary for greater flexibility: Survey

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

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    Ensure your organization has an effective health and safety program that will stand up to
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    Presenters: Lisa Bolton and Carissa Tanzola, Sherrard Kuzz LLP
    Date: Mar. 6, 2012
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    Cost: $69 + applicable taxes

    Healthy Eating, Healthy Business: Nutrition in the Workplace
    Promoting nutrition in the workplace can reduce the financial burden of employee health
    costs and absenteeism

    Presenter: Stephanie Grylls, Nutritionnaturally.ca
    Time: On demand
    Cost: $69 + applicable taxes


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