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HR practitioners: The new HR mandate

The trend toward chaos and fear not only exists within the context of politics and social issues, it is also a business or an organizational issue. Albeit for entirely different reasons, businesses are nervous and looking for solutions. A survey of Canadian CEOs revealed that they are concerned about many things; herein the top worries are listed.

 

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The AODA Employment Standards: Are you meeting the new requirements?

We know that the AODA employment standards requirements are demanding because we have heard about the challenges from those organizations with 50+ employees that were obligated to comply in January 2016. Smaller employers with fewer resources may need additional assistance to keep track of the project, including reviewing, updating and implementing many HR forms and documents such as job offers, employment contracts, job postings and applications to ensure they are consistent with the new accessibility standards.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with the disclosure of mental illness and a breach of employee privacy; the notice period and duty to mitigate; and, inducement, recruitment and reasonable notice.

 

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HR – Think and act like a marketer: Segment your data to fuel evidence-based workforce decisions

Companies spend a great deal of time, money, and resources to understand, target, recruit and retain customers. They approach these tasks with rigour and rely on data and analytics as the key input to decision-making. It’s time we took the same approach with the company’s most important asset – the employees.

 

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What is the next step in AODA compliance? The Employment Standard

2014 Ontario Employment Law Conference

The AODA Employment Standard deadlines are not as far away as they may seem. The Employment Standard is one of five accessibility standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. It outlines accessibility requirements employers must meet throughout the employment life-cycle.

 

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Use of Kijiji in jobs report highlights its unreliability as a recruitment source

On February 11, 2014, Finance Canada released its 54-page “Jobs Report” alongside the Federal Budget. In that report, the Canadian Government claimed that Canada’s job vacancy rate had been “increasing steadily since 2009.” However, this claim was challenged by economists, who noted that Statistics Canada’s own figures proved it was declining. It was later concluded that the problem related to the Canadian Government’s use of data that included Kijiji job postings. In light of this development, employers that wish to advertise jobs in connection with the filing of a Labour Market Opinion application should avoid the use of free websites such Kijiji or Craigslist.

 

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Breaking the traditions!!! from recruitment metrics to talent acquisition analytics

At this time of year, we are reminded of many things – one of which is that traditions are everywhere… culturally, personally, in-business and life-at-large. Even though traditions are tremendously important to us and for our families, we sometimes need to break the old, and create new! Which is what I suggest with the way you might have been measuring, tracking and managing your recruitment and talent acquisition activities.

 

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Understanding top talent

When I hear people talk about top talent, I get reminded of the elusive (and sometimes voodoo) experiences that I had in the past in corporate environments when identifying top talent.
I have to say, it always conjures up memories both good and bad.

 

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Three of the most popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with privacy in the workplace, using social media in recruiting and managing and the enactment of a Bill to make the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario a regulatory body.

 

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Ontario Human Rights Commission releases policy on removing the “Canadian experience” barrier

Canadian Work Experience

On July 15, 2013, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (“OHRC”) released its Policy on Removing the “Canadian Experience” Barrier (the “Policy”) barrier. The purpose of the Policy is to address the fact that new immigrants, with university educations and/or work experience, are denied opportunities for jobs or career advancement because they lack “Canadian Experience” (i.e. Canadian based work experience) and their foreign educational qualification or work experience are not recognized.

 

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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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eHarmony online dating site will be matching job applicants with employers – Is that a good idea?

The media has reported that the online dating website eHarmony will be entering the recruiting business—matching employers with people looking for a job. Beginning first in the United States likely in June 2013, and soon thereafter in Canada, eHarmony plans to use its matching technology used to pair singles looking for love matches in a different way—it plans to help find the perfect employment union. That is, eHarmony will be using its technology to create the perfect harmony between job candidates and employers. How successful will this venture be, and will it change how employers find new employees?

 

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RBC’s temporary foreign worker debacle

In the wake of the RBC’s temporary foreign worker debacle, and Prime Minister Harper’s temporary foreign worker program reform, what are the implications of outsourcing Canadian jobs in favour of temporary foreign workers? The implications for Canadian workers and recruitment are telling.

 

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Strategy misaligned to HR

This week I was helping a colleague figure out what their HR data was telling them and how to put this into a report. The first place to start was the organizational goals and where they wanted to get to.

 

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Opportunities Ontario provides guidance on the requirement of recruitment efforts

The Ontario Bar Association Citizenship and Immigration Section recently met with representatives of Opportunities Ontario, the province’s Provincial Nominee Program (“PNP”). During this meeting, they provided insight into the level of recruitment activities that would be expected from an employer who files a PNP application on behalf of a prospective employee.

 

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