The HR Professional - October 2017 Issue is Here!

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What Do You Know About Bill 127?

Entitlement to chronic mental stress BENEFIT to expand effective Jan. 1, 2018

By Laura Williams

The Ontario government’s budget implementation Bill 127, the Stronger, Healthier Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017, amends numerous pieces of legislation, including the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 (WSIA). The most significant Bill 127



Your Compass to Compliance

With legislation changing constantly, how can HR professionals keep up?

By Karen Stone, CHRE

The past decade of employment law has seen more change than ever before. In Ontario, our commitment to strong human rights legislation is commendable – and it takes a lot of research, knowledge and fast-paced legal advancement to keep up with emerging areas of the law. 

Change or Die

The future of diversity in the legal profession

By Michael Bach

The way Canada “looks” has changed. According to Statistics Canada, women make up just shy of 50 per cent of the available workforce; 25 per cent of Canadians identify as racialized (people who are not Caucasian in their ethnocultural heritage) and that number skyrockets to over 50 per cent in cities like Toronto and Vancouver; one in five Canadians

Striving for Workplace Equality

Does anti-discrimination law create an inclusive workplace?

By Alison Grenier

The issue of discrimination in the workplace is an ongoing point of discussion and contention. From the evident gender pay gap to the advancement of visible minorities into C-suite positions, the market continuously experiences dialogue as it works toward the goal of equality in the workforce.

Winning the Race for Talent

Strategies for HR professionals navigating Canada’s new global talent stream

By Naumaan Hameed

On June 12 of this year, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) released the Global Talent Stream (GTS), a two-year pilot program that forms part of Canada’s Global Skill Strategy and seeks to enhance the competitiveness of high growth employers and innovation in Canada. The GTS has been developed in order to reduce the time and complexity required for Canadian employers

Employment Contracts

What really needs to be included?

By Patrizia Piccolo

Each time an employer considers putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, as the case may be) to draft an employment contract, the potential for costly errors exists. However, if proper forethought is given to the essential terms of the contract, then mistakes can be avoided, money can be saved and heartburn can be escaped.

Court of Appeal Gives Employees a “Brake” on Mitigation

The decision could be good news for wrongfully dismissed employees

By Hendrik Nieuwland

The recent Court of Appeal decision in Brake v. PJ-M2R Restaurant Inc. has significant implications for employers involved in wrongful dismissal litigation. The court clarified a number of issues concerning mitigation income that can be used to offset a reasonable notice award in damages. It could be said that the decision in Brake can have the effect of placing a wrongfully dismissed employee in a better position than they would have been