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Canadian HR Newswire



99 per cent of Quebec mothers take maternity leave
Average leave lasts 48 weeks: Statistics Canada

Canadian HR Reporter, online

Dates for National Knowledge Exam changing
Exams to take place in June and November starting in 2013

Canadian HR Reporter, online

One-half of workers say making friends at work more important than good salary
Social media helps boost connections: Survey

Canadian HR Reporter, online

4 in 10 managers say co-worker competitiveness has increased in last decade: Survey
Uncertain economy leads to more intense competition

Canadian HR Reporter, online

Critics assail U.S. hacking law as out of step
Decisions from 1980s-era law affect millions using computers in workplace

Canadian HR Reporter, News from the Global Workplace

U.S. loves cops and firefighters — but not their pensions
Many local governments facing severe fiscal problems

Canadian HR Reporter, News from the Global Workplace

Claudine KapelMaking tuition reimbursement sexy
Claudine Kapel, Compensation
New Amazon program highlights link between employer and consumer brand


Brian KreisslIs HR becoming obsolete?
Brian Kreissl, HR Polices & Practices
Changes in technology, roles of line managers may mean fewer HR professionals
are required

Todd HumberComing to a workplace near you: Random drug tests?
Todd Humber, Editor's Blog
Some employers pushing envelope of drug and alcohol testing for
safety-sensitive positions

Jeffrey R. SmithA Band-Aid solution
Jeffrey R. Smith, Employment Law
How long should an injured employee be on modified duties if there's no improvement?


Dave CrispNo such thing as bad publicity? That's debatable
Dave Crisp, Strategic HR
Some authors may be pushing books out to public too quickly


Harpaul SambhiErnst & Young knows social media
Harpaul Sambhi, Social HR
Math on social recruitment adds up for tax and accounting firm


Stuart RudnerNegotiating changes to the employment contract
Stuart Rudner, Canadian HR Law
If you want to revise fundamental terms immediately, the only way to do it is
to negotiate the new agreement and provide something of value in exchange
for the employee's acceptance


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Huge benefits in getting organization design right
Canadian HR Reporter
Laura Stepp, former director of Americas at Intel's consulting services
and a senior consultant with Kates Kesler, discusses how Intel's HR department reacted to a restructuring that a saw a 40 per cent cut in
the department


Employment Law

Jury hands out heavy punitive damages award against B.C. employer
Largest punitive damage award in Canadian employment law raises total damages for
wrongful dismissal of 34-year employee to more than $800,000

Canadian Employment Law Today, online

British Columbia law firm partner's age discrimination complaint quashed by Court of Appeal Lawyer couldn't be discriminated against in employment because, as partner, he wasn't
employee of firm: Court

Canadian Employment Law Today, online

No implied duty to mitigate: Court Subscriber-only content
Terminated worker who found job after 2 weeks allowed to keep 6 months' pay in lieu of notice

Canadian Employment Law Today

Health & Safety

B.C. older workers face greater occupational health and safety risks: WorkSafeBC
Asbestos responsible for 70 per cent of fatalities among older workers

Canadian Safety Reporter, online

Ontario overhauls OHS regulations for confined space entries Subscriber-only content
As of July 1, 2011, legal requirements for how employers manage confined space entries consolidated into one regulation

Canadian Safety Reporter

Labour Relations

Arbitrator rules in favour of Air Canada in pilots' dispute
Contract mentions possible creation of low-cost carrier

Canadian Labour Reporter, online

Sask. labour law proposals break international law: Union
Amendments attack 'basic workers' and union rights,' says CEP

Canadian Labour Reporter, online

Construction union wage unchanged in June: Statistics Canada
Composite index increased 2.5 per cent over the year

Canadian Labour Reporter, online

CAW faces 'most crucial' round of negotiations Subscriber-only content
Outcome will impact auto companies' choices about new investment, plant closure: Expert

Canadian Labour Reporter

Collective agreements Subscriber-only content
Canadian Labour Reporter
The recent issue of Canadian Labour Reporter also features details on 12 collective agreements including Sofina Foods, New Flyer Industries, Jane's Family Foods and Redpath. For a complete list of collective agreements in the recent issue, see


Average weekly earnings up 2.5 per cent in May: Statistics Canada
Wages increased in every province, biggest growth in Sask., N.L.

Canadian Payroll Reporter, online

Nova Scotia to provide ADP $2.3 million payroll rebate
Company plans to add 250 jobs over 5 years

Canadian Payroll Reporter, online

Quebec preps for new type of pension plan Subscriber-only content
VRSP all about automatic enrolment but employers need not contribute

Canadian Payroll Reporter


Fortune 500 CEOs shunning social media: Study
70 per cent have no social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest or
Google Plus

Canadian HR Reporter, online

Current Issue

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Status update: Mixed messages for social media Subscriber-only content
Plenty of wariness despite potential upside: Studies

Canadian HR Reporter

Keeping the peace at work Subscriber-only content
Mediation not just last resort after grievance and litigation

Canadian HR Reporter

LGBT-friendly workplaces make business sense Subscriber-only content
Lunch-and-learn sessions, celebration of Pride can engage employees

Canadian HR Reporter


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Canadian HR Reporter, online
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Lean Learning — Reduce Training Costs Without Sacrificing Quality
Understand effective learning processes to get the biggest bang for your organization's
training buck

Presenter: Arupa Tesolin, Learning Paths International Canada
Date: Aug. 15, 2012
Time: 12:00 — 1:00 p.m. ET
Cost: $69 + applicable taxes

Great Workplaces: Encouraging Personal Best
Draw out the best in your organization's employees with these techniques

Presenter: Alison Grenier, Great Place to Work Institute Canada
Date: Aug. 28, 2012
Time: 12:00 — 1:00 p.m. ET
Cost: $69 + applicable taxes

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HR Jobs

The Hire Authority job board is an exclusive site for human resources positions in Canada, available for free to members of the HRPA.
Job Title Posting Date Job Location Company Name
Bilingual Employee Relations Consultant 23-Jul-12 ON-TORONTO CAPITAL ONE
Corporate Learning Coordinator 23-Jul-12 ON-NEWMARKET The Regional Municipality of York
HR Programs Specialist 23-Jul-12 ON-OAKVILLE Tim Hortons
Human Resources Field Specialist 23-Jul-12 ON-OAKVILLE Tim Hortons
Human Resources Generalist 23-Jul-12 ON-TORONTO Delisle Youth Services
Recruiting Specialist 23-Jul-12 AB-EDMONTON IRON MOUNTAIN
Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition 23-Jul-12 ON-TORONTO ROGERS COMMUNICATIONS INC.
Corporate HR Manager 24-Jul-12 ON-SCARBOROUGH Solo Cup Canada
HR Generalist 24-Jul-12 ON-TORONTO Beam Canada Inc
Human Resources Generalist 24-Jul-12 ON-WALLENSTEIN Wallenstein Feed & Supply Ltd
Human Resources Information System (HRIS) Administrator 24-Jul-12 ON-TORONTO Blake
Manager, Human Resources 24-Jul-12 ON-TORONTO Grand and Toy
Regional Human Resources Manager 24-Jul-12 ON-BURLINGTON BUNZL CANADA
Assistant Manager, Staffing and Recruitment 25-Jul-12 ON-TORONTO HRPA Edge
Human Resources Coordinator 25-Jul-12 ON-NORTH YORK MHS Inc.
Human Resources Manager 25-Jul-12 ON-BRANTFORD St. Leonard's Community Services
Payroll Specialist 25-Jul-12 ON-OTTAWA First Air
Recruitment Specialist 25-Jul-12 ON-OTTAWA Bank of Canada
Training and Development Intern 25-Jul-12 ON-TORONTO Questrade Inc.
Compensation & Pension Specialist 26-Jul-12 ON-MISSISSAUGA Praxair Canada Inc.
Human Resources Advisor 26-Jul-12 AB-FORT MCMURRAY Suncor Energy
Human Resources Consultant 26-Jul-12 ON-TORONTO TOWN OF AURORA
Human Resources Manager 26-Jul-12 ON-TORONTO Knoll Inc
Recruitment & Retention Consultant 26-Jul-12 ON-MARKHAM Markham Stouffville Hospital
Recruitment Officer- Contract 26-Jul-12 ON-TORONTO York University
HR Assistant 27-Jul-12 ON-TORONTO HRPA Edge
Human Resources Generalist 27-Jul-12 ON-MILTON Eaton
Human Resources Manager 27-Jul-12 ON-TRENTON Norampac Inc.
Labour Relations Advisor (2 positions) 27-Jul-12 ON-OTTAWA Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
Training and Organizational Development Specialist 27-Jul-12 ON-MISSISSAUGA CANON CANADA INC.


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Published by Thomson Reuters Canada Ltd. 2012