Feb. 28, 2012

Canadian HR Newswire


Many employees regularly propose ideas to boss: Survey
Canadian HR Reporter, online
Employers should proactively seek input, ideas from workers

CFOs say work experience important for college grads: Survey
Canadian HR Reporter, online
Internships, volunteer work can help

40 per cent of boomers wish they started saving for retirement earlier
Canadian HR Reporter, online
Also should have made regular contributions, maximized investment: BMO

University of Victoria, Jazz Aviation, Shell among top diversity employers
Canadian HR Reporter, online
Inclusiveness increasingly seen as key success factor: Mediacorp

More Canadian CEOs using M&A for expansion than global counterparts: PwC
Canadian HR Reporter, online
One-third expecting firm to change strategic course in 2012

Saudi Arabia to launch wage monitoring system
Canadian HR Reporter, News from the Global Workplace
Government hopes to boost participation of Saudi citizens in workforce, keep track of
foreign workers

Working mothers in U.S. lacking support at work: Survey
Canadian HR Reporter, News from the Global Workplace
But many think parenthood has increased work motivation, productivity


Todd HumberIs it time for fixed notice periods?
Todd Humber, Editor's Blog
Mathematical formula for determining reasonable notice in cases without
complicating factors sounds appealing

Brian KreisslThe ethics of internships and unpaid work placements
Brian Kreissl, HR Polices & Practices
U.K. work experience controversy highlights ethical dilemma for employers


Jeffrey R. SmithHarassment or personality conflict?
Jeffrey R. Smith, Employment Law
There can be a fine line between employees who just don't get along and
escalation into harassment

Stuart RudnerShould there be absolute rules for terminating a worker for cause?
Stuart Rudner, Canadian HR Law
Story of Toronto police officer being charged with murder sparks reminder
about the lack of hard-and-fast rules when terminating employment for cause

Claudine KapelDelivering performance reviews that work
Claudine Kapel, Compensation
Use calibration process to compare employee performance ratings across groups


Dave CrispWhy companies fail: It's culture, not HR
Dave Crisp, Strategic HR
The saga of GM is a contest 'as important to future strategies in HR as any in history'




The basics of severance packages
Canadian HR Reporter
Krista Siedlack, a lawyer at Bernardi Human Resource Law in Mississauga, Ont., talks about severance packages, including what HR should do to establish an employee's failure to mitigate


Employment Law

What in-house counsel should know about workplace investigation
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Knowing when and how to conduct a workplace investigation is an important part of
providing legal guidance to your organization. Taking the time to learn the key steps of a
proper investigation before the need arises will help manage risk and minimize liability,
writes Lisa Bolton.

Unprofessional behaviour by colleagues not harassment: Arbitrator
Canadian Employment Law Today, online
Teacher felt 2 female colleagues were unprofessional, offended by gossiping and behaviour

When to launch an investigation Subscriber-only content
Canadian Employment Law Today
Brian Johnston, a partner at Stewart McKelvey in Halifax, answers the question: "When is the
right time to look into possible harassment in the workplace?"

Firefighter burns up vacation days before retiring Subscriber-only content
Canadian Employment Law Today
Employer argued firefighter didn't earn full year's vacation entitlement by retiring early in year

Health & Safety

Bill 168 light on harassment obligations
Law Times
Early rulings interpreting Bill 168 have so far placed very little obligation on employers to
actually ensure a harassment-free workplace, employment lawyers say

WorkSafeBC encourages safe driving at work with new website
Canadian Safety Reporter, online
Online resource guides employers through steps to enhance, create road policies

P.E.I. offers hazard workshop for farmers
Canadian Safety Reporter, online
Workshops to be held across province

Legislative roundup: Changes in OHS laws and regulations from West to East Subscriber-only content
Canadian Safety Reporter
Manitoba launches support for safety leadership; WSIB coverage for construction to be
mandatory in 2013; 2 new members appointed to WorkSafeNB's board of directors

Labour Relations

Toronto taxis rally outside city hall for industry reform
Canadian Labour Reporter, online
Association says city needs to scrap '2-tier system'

B.C. teachers press for mediated settlement
Canadian Labour Reporter, online
Provincial government prepares legislation to impose new agreement

Porter Airlines pilots attempt to unionize
Canadian Labour Reporter, online
Union to be automatically certified if 50 per cent sign union cards

Union ratifies severance agreement with Electro-Motive
Canadian Labour Reporter, online
Ontario workers will receive 3 weeks' pay per year of service, $1,500 bonus

Report proposes changes to labour relations in Ontario Subscriber-only content
Canadian Labour Reporter
Former bank economist proposes 'net-zero' contracts, limited bumping, successorship

Collective agreements Subscriber-only content
Canadian Labour Reporter
The recent issue of Canadian Labour Reporter also features details on 4 collective agreements, including the City of Toronto and Parkland School Division No. 70. For a complete list of collective agreements in the recent issue, see http://www.labour-reporter.com/issue.


Health premiums rising in B.C.
Canadian Payroll Reporter, online
Provincial budget also proposes decrease to basic personal amount after cancellation of HST

Video: Legislative update for payroll professionals
Canadian Payroll Reporter
Steven Van Alstine, vice-president of education at the Canadian Payroll Association, talks about possible upcoming legislation changes payroll
will need to keep in mind throughout 2012


The tale of how Kinaxis transformed itself Subscriber-only content
Canadian HR Reporter
John Sicard, COO of Ottawa-based Kinaxis, spoke at a recent Strategic Capability Network
event about how the company transformed its business culture with focus on employee
involvement, communication

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Professional designation has its privileges Subscriber-only content
CHRP 'turbocharges' career by boosting salary, hastening promotions: Study

HR pros reach 'Summit' Subscriber-only content
Annual awards honour best, brightest in HR. You can also view videos of the winners on
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Walking the HR tightrope Subscriber-only content
With the economic recovery still a challenge in some parts of the country, how are Canada's HR associations coping? We talked to the heads of associations across the country to find out what's
on the agenda for 2012

  • Lies about legal troubles justify termination — Ontario government worker lied twice to
    employer about criminal charges he was facing
  • Ending the workplace Cold War — HR can work to regain cohesion, 'same team' mentality
    and trust in wake of bitter negotiations
  • Aligning succession planning, strategy — Brian Kreissl, managing editor of Consult Carswell,
    fields question from reader as part of "Toughest HR Question" series
  • 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."


    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

    Avoiding OHSA Liability — Do You Have What it Takes?
    Ensure your organization has an effective health and safety program that will stand up to
    legal challenges

    Presenters: Lisa Bolton and Carissa Tanzola, Sherrard Kuzz LLP
    Date: Mar. 6, 2012
    Time: 12:00 — 1:00 p.m. ET
    Cost: $69 + applicable taxes

    Driving Corporate Social Responsibility
    Balancing the business with being a good corporate citizen

    Presenters: Brian Kreissl, ConsultCarswell and Lynn Patterson, RBC
    Time: On demand
    Cost: $69 + applicable taxes


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