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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with: an employer who wrongly relied on probation clause to retract offer of employment, a recent Conference Board of Canada report that shows employees are struggling to balance work and eldercare, and protecting your right as an employer to impose temporary layoffs.

 

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Presenteeism in the workplace

Presenteeism results in productivity loss, workplace epidemics, or poor health and exhaustion, which can lead to higher absenteeism for longer periods or accidents. Whether it is a physical or mental ailment, employees should be staying home when they are unable to be present at work. Being physically at work is different than being present at work. It is one thing to show up at work; it’s another thing to be actually productive while at work.

 

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Hegemony and disability, a further social critique

Hegemony in the context of disability works on a level where systems are negotiated by society’s institutions. The ability of an institution to accommodate new demands in terms of accessibility is an example of the institution’s flexibility. However, there are institutions that are so ingrained in history and social context that they prove to be almost unmovable (Omi & Winant, 1980). This is how disability and hegemony interact at the simplest level, but on another level there is a grid of interlocking systems that cater to the category of disability, as well as perpetuate discrimination in its current form. These systems of societal input inform and naturalize dialogues of discrimination.

 

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Three CHRO hot topics – 2 of 3

In this second blog topic, we’re going to look at CHRO Hot Topic #2: There’s a shift underway in the Engagement space. From what I can see, there are a number of forces at play in the engagement industry.

 

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Employee not discriminated against as breastfeeding a “choice”- Federal Court of Appeal Decision

The recent decision by the Federal Court of Appeal addresses the employer’s duty to accommodate. Ms. Laura Flatt, the applicant, sought a judicial review from the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board (Board) after her grievance against her employer, the Treasury Board of Canada, was dismissed. The applicant had filed her grievance based on discrimination on the grounds of sex and family status contrary to the Canadian Human Rights Act.

 

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Drive high-quality hires with candidate pipeline analytics

Are you facing challenges to attract, qualify and hire high-quality candidates as quickly and efficiently as your business needs?

 

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Employers: Are your job ads in keeping with the Code?

When does a job advertisement breach the Ontario Human Rights Code? The same question was asked and answered in Wedley v. Northview Co-operative Homes Inc., 2008 HRTO 13. When the Complainant, Caroline Wedley, was terminated from her job as a cleaner, she alleged that she was told by management that they were seeking to hire two […]

 

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Caps announced for federal skilled worker, federal skilled trades, and Canadian experience classes

Effective May 1, 2014, a maximum of 25,500 new Federal Skilled Worker applications without an offer of arranged employment (including 500 applications in the PhD student/graduate stream), 5,000 new Federal Skilled Trades applications, and 8,000 new Canadian Experience Class applications will be considered for processing between May 1, 2014, and April 30, 2015, unless otherwise indicated in a future Ministerial Instruction.

 

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The importance of documentation when dealing with a human rights complaint

This human rights case demonstrates the importance of preparing and maintaining proper documentation when interviewing job applicants for a position with the employer. In fact, the notes of the hiring manager in this case highlighted the fact that there were other reasons for not hiring a job applicant—and those notes likely prevented the employer’s liability.

 

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Supreme Court of Canada confirms pension benefits should not be deducted from damages for wrongful dismissal

In the recent decision of IBM Canada Limited v. Waterman 2013 SCC 70 (CanLII), the Supreme Court of Canada confirmed that an employee’s pension benefits should not be deducted from his/her common law entitlement to pay in lieu of notice arising from a wrongful dismissal.

 

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Where to sue – A complex issue of jurisdiction in wrongful dismissal

Through mergers and expansion many Canadian companies now have substantial foreign operations. As a result, employees often find themselves, whether by choice or compulsion, transferred to a foreign country. When a dispute arises with the employer while the employee is working in that foreign country, the question arises as to which justice system will take jurisdiction over that dispute. Clearly, the obligation on the employee to sue in the foreign jurisdiction will increase both the cost and the inconvenience of enforcing her rights under her contract of employment, whether written or oral.

 

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Disruption in talent acquisition (recruitment) – three little secrets

It’s an exciting time in the human capital business… and more specifically, in the business of both acquiring the right talent, and in driving effectiveness of that talent once they cross the threshold of your organization’s door as an employee.

 

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HRinfodesk poll result and commentary: Offering group health and life insurance benefits plan provides you with a competitive edge in the job market

How does your group health and life insurance benefits plan compare to the plan offered by other companies? That is the question we asked our readers in one of our recent polls. Out of 196 respondents,…

 

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AODA — Is your workplace keeping up with its obligations?

The Accessibility Standard for Employment will help Ontario businesses and organizations make accessibility a regular part of finding, hiring and supporting employees with disabilities.

 

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