Overtime a growing concern: Conference Board report

Only 38 per cent of firms have ‘tightly managed’ policies
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/01/2009

With employees launching unpaid overtime class-action lawsuits against major employers such as CIBC, Scotiabank, KPMG and CN Rail, overtime is becoming a pressing issue for top executives.

It’s the perfect time, therefore, for HR professionals who have witnessed lax policies or lack of compliance to speak up and get executives to take action, said Michael Bloom, vice-president of organizational effectiveness and learning at the Conference Board of Canada.

“This is an issue that HR professionals are probably aware of, but they should be aware that it’s gaining a much higher profile in the C-suite because of the attention it’s getting in the media,” said Bloom.