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Author Archive - Amery Boyer

Amery Boyer, CHRP, MBA is a Human Resources professional with extensive experience in human resources, staffing and employee relations for both the private and public sectors and various levels of governments. She was a contributing editor of The Human Resources Advisor, Atlantic edition published by First Reference. Read more

Critical accountabilities and performance management

Job descriptions have many uses, the most obvious being to describe key responsibilities and serve as a basis for salary or pay. However, a job description has the potential to deliver far more than this…


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Bias in interviews and the importance of ability testing

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According to Susan J. Herman, author of Hiring Right, A Practical Guide, the interview is the most frequently used selection tool and the least valid and reliable. Validity is the degree to which a selection tool like testing or interviewing measures what it is supposed to measure. The closer a statistic is to 1, the more valid it is. Yet interviews have an average validity of 0.14 while ability testing has an average validity of 0.53.


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NS labour board redefines what constitutes an employee and a bargaining unit

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On March 5, 2011, the Nova Scotia Labour Board issued an interim order that could set a precedent across Canada, not just in Nova Scotia. The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, its Territories, and Canada, Local 849 applied to certify contract workers employed on an as-required basis by Egg Films Inc.


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Applying pension lessons learned from paper mill closures

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On May 17, 2012, the Province of Nova Scotia adopted Bill 86, the NewPage Port Hawkesbury Pension Plans Act in response to a request by members of Local 972 of the Communications, Energy, and Paperworkers Union of Canada. The Act extends the life of four underfunded defined pension plans for the employees of the former NewPage Port Hawkesbury pulp and paper mill.


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