Melissa Kennedy is a labour relations, employment and human resources specialist who assists clients with proactively managing compliance, risk and ensuring best practices are in place.
The Canadian Mental Health Association recognizes May 5th through 11th each year as Mental Health Week in Canada. The impact of psychological illness in the workplace is becoming increasingly prevalent, resulting in decreased productivity, increased absenteeism and impacts on an employer’s health care programs, as well as negative consequences for employee engagement and morale, employee well-being and organizational culture.
The Mental Health Commission of Canada reports that one in five Canadians will … Continue Reading
On April 29, 2014, Bill 21, the Employment Standards Amendment Act (Leaves to Help Families), 2014, received Royal Assent and is set to come into force October 29, 2014. With the passing of this bill, employees in Ontario are now entitled to three new job-protected leaves (in addition to any entitlement to any other leave under the Employment Standards Act). These new leaves are:
- Family Caregiver Leave;
- Critically Ill Child Care Leave; and
- Crime-Related Death or Disappearance Leave.
Some of the key features of these leaves (which we reported on previously in March 2013 when the … Continue Reading
As spring is upon us, it is an appropriate time of the year for an organization to perform an audit of its human resources process. HR audits ensure regulatory and organizational policy compliance, while proactively pursuing internal efficiencies and excellence. Regular and systematic audits demonstrate due-diligence to regulatory bodies (e.g. Ministry of Labour) and promote a proactive, preventative approach to HR issues, subsequently reducing risk and liabilities.
An efficient human resources process generates effective practices, cost reduction, increased productivity, employee engagement and continual improvement. Areas of focus for a human resources audit include:
Ensure that the following items … Continue Reading