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Earth Day and Water Day 2016: Ensuring corporate social responsibility when it comes to protecting the environment

In light of Earth Day (celebrated annually on April 22) and World Water Day (celebrated annually on March 22), we thought we would provide employers with a background on the internationally observed days, as well as discuss what can be done to ensure their business is operated in an economically, socially, and environmentally responsible way.

 

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HRinfodesk poll result and commentary: Do you know what the Globally Harmonized System is?

Well it seems not many people know about the Globally Harmonized System. When we asked in our poll of April 19, 2013, “Do you know what the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) is?” Out of 221 respondents, 140 (63.35 percent) said no. The rest of the respondents either knew about GHS (59/26.70 percent) or were not sure (22/9.95 percent). So, what is the Globally Harmonized System?

 

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Illegal? Exploitative? The truth on unpaid internships

With university and college students now finished final exams and looking for summer work, it seems fitting that the latest controversy under the spotlight in the news is that of unpaid internships.

 

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Slaw: Fundamental labour standards and Canada

The International Labour Organization (ILO), the agency of the United Nations that deals with labour issues, is seeking ratification of its eight conventions covering fundamental labour standards by 2015. The ILO Core Conventions are as follows:

 

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Call for a national accessibility action plan to meet obligations to people with disabilities

For years I have followed the work of advocacy groups in order to understand the needs of people with disabilities. One issue stands out among the research: the removal and prevention of barriers is vital to provide equal access to daily living. Two recognizable advocacy groups are asking the federal government to get on with a plan of action.

 

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