Tuesday, May 31, 2005

UK - Older workers

Companies' Attitudes to Older Workers Must Change, say Hewitt

Hewitt is calling for a radical re-think by companies to their approaches to reward, organisation and development.

Canada (Saskatchewan) - Trade Union Act

Saskatchewan - Proposed Amendments to the Trade Union Act Passed
Employees and employers now have a mechanism to ensure first collective greements are settled in a timely fashion.

Canada (Saskatchewan) - Whistleblower protection

Saskatchewan - Improved Whistleblower Protection Passed
Employees who report wrongdoing now have even stronger protection following amendments to the Labour Standards Act introduced by the Saskatchewan government on November 19, 2004.

Monday, May 30, 2005

Canada (Nova Scotia) Minimum Wage


Nova Scotia - Increase to the Minimum Wage Effective October 1

The Nova Scotia government announced that the minimum wage rate will increase by 30 cents on October 1, 2005, to $6.80 per hour.

Friday, May 27, 2005

UK - Trade union recognitions


Union recognitions stabilise

179 union recognition agreements were achieved in 2004, according to a TUC report.
This compares with 166 recognition deals in the previous year, suggesting that the five year old legal right to recognition is settling in.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

HR Outsourcing

HR Outsourcing
Outsourcing basic human resource services can be the key to achieving a more influential and strategic role for the HR function. But the decision has to be taken carefully.

Monday, May 23, 2005

USA - Commitment

A new index page of articles related to the topic of Commitment at Work has been posted at:
www.hrmguide.com/commitment/

Saturday, May 21, 2005

HR Technology

Two new articles:

Kenexa bStrategic Designed for Informed HR Business Decisions
Kenexa bStrategic goes beyond simple reporting, allowing users to access data from third party sources including: recruiting systems, performance management systems, financial systems and human resource management systems.

Control Module Adds Wireless Functionality and Four-Inch Graphic Display to its Genus Terminals
The company claims that with a four-inch graphic screen, employee self-service is extremely user-friendly and provides employees with access to their personnel information, including results of their shifts, vacation schedules, work orders, 401K status and company medical benefits forms.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

USA - Top perks


Forget the company car - laptops are the best perk

A survey of 994 outplaced employees and managers found that far more of today's job hunters want to receive a laptop than a company car from their next employer.

Canada (Ontario) - Absenteeism case


Attendance Management Human Rights Versus Lean Operations - Lessons Learned from Keays v. Honda Canada Inc.

Attendance management is a perennial problem for human resource managers. The problem is compounded when the employee purports to have a medical condition that is poorly understood, hard to prove (or disprove) and is intermittently absent. Honda Canada Inc. made some terrible mistakes in the case of one of its employees, Kevin Keays. A trial judge awarded the employee two years notice and $500,000 in punitive damages.

This is a fascinating article with implications for anyone interested in the management of absenteeism - not just for people in Canada. Might make a useful seminar case.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Is Your Resume On Target?

Is Your Resume On Target?
The most qualified candidate is not always the one to get an interview - the one with the strongest resume is.

Canada (Ontario) - Disability severance


Ontario Court of Appeal Overturns ESA Severance Exclusion for Disabled

On May 4, 2005, in a precedent-setting decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal overturned a provision in the Employment Standards Act that allows employers to deny severance packages to disabled workers who can no longer continue in their jobs
because of an illness or injury that "frustrates" the employment contract.

Canada (Nova Scotia) - Safety


New Safety Programs for Employers

Nova Scotia has one of the highest workplace injury rates in Canada.

Canada (Quebec) - Pension Plans


Upcoming Changes to Pension Plans

On May 5, 2005, the Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity for Quebec tabled proposed legislation, Bill 102, An Act Respecting the Funding of Certain Pension Plans, to temporarily relax certain rules relating to the funding of defined benefit pension plans and defined benefit contribution plans.

What is strategy?

The page on What is strategy? has been revised.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

USA - HR People


LivHOME Appoints Maureen Kehan Vice President of Human Resources

Maureen Keehan's appointment supports the continuing growth of a leading at-home assisted-living services company.

Australia - Disability


Work a major source of self-esteem for people with disabilities


Welcoming Federal Government’s intention to encourage people with disabilities to join the workforce, the Australian Psychological Society warned that long-term support is needed to ensure this change does not become a repeat of deinstitutionalisation.

UK - Employment law updates

May 16 2005 Enews
* Maternity Pay After Alabaster
* Court of Appeal decision in Hinton v University of East London
* Does a Tribunal's delay in giving its decision give rise to an appeal?
* "The current employment tribunal system should be confined to room 101"

Monday, May 09, 2005

Canada - Unemployment statistics


Unemployment rate down to 6.8% in April

Statistics Canada reports that unemployment edged down by 0.1% to 6.8%. This is the lowest unemployment rate since December 2000.

Friday, May 06, 2005

How to Ask for the Job

How to Ask for the Job
Most candidates are intimidated to ask for the job because they are afraid of a "no" response. But there are a few ways you can broach the subject without actually saying, "Can I please have the job?"

Canada - Wage Earner Protection Program


Wage Earner Protection Program

This program is intended to help protect workers by providing a guaranteed payment of wages owed up to $3000 should their employer declare bankruptcy.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Australia (New South Wales) - Employee surveillance


New South Wales - Legislation on employee surveillance

The Workplace Surveillance Bill was introduced in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly on Wednesday. It will make it an offence for employers to engage in covert surveillance of emails and website access or the use of tracking devices without a court order.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

UK - Employment law updates

May 4 2005 E-News
* No holiday pay for workers on long-term sick leave
* Two wrongs don't make a right!
* Extension of time for unfair dismissal claim (Marks & Spencer v Williams-Ryan)
* "The current employment tribunal system should be confined to room 101"

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Survey Finds Writing is Key to Workplace Success

Survey Finds Writing is Key to Workplace Success
A recent survey of America's top businesses reveals that being able to write well is essential for success, especially in industries that will have the greatest growth in the future.

USA - HR News

DC Firm Wins Outsourcing Contract
YRCI, a Metro DC-based HR outsourcing and Contracts Management firm, is to provide the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) EPA's Region 4 Office of Policy & Management, with a range of HR skills assessment tests.

Monday, May 02, 2005

'Whole Person' Hiring Assessments

'Whole Person' Hiring Assessments
Brainbench roll out assessment tools designed to predict employee success more accurately by measuring the specific mix of personality, skills, abilities and past employment behavior for over 150 jobs.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Canada - Employee Rights During Bankruptcies

Employee Rights During Bankruptcies
There are roughly 10,000 bankruptcies per year, many of which leave behind employees who are owed back wages, benefits and pension contributions.

USA - HR News

San Francisco Chronicle names HR vice president
Barbara Morrissette joins The Chronicle after 15 years with the Kaiser Permanente Corporate Office based in Oakland.

Novo Nordisk Inc. tops 'Best Places to Work in New Jersey' list
Novo Nordisk Inc., the United States affiliate of Novo Nordisk A/S, a world leader in diabetes care, has been named the number one best place to work among large companies in New Jersey by NJBIZ magazine and The Best Companies Group.

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