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The HR Professional - December 2017 Issue is Here!

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Sham Investigation Leads to Costly Damages Award

Unfair investigations can get employers in hot water

By Rich Appiah

An Alberta employee was recently awarded $75,000 for the reputational harm and mental distress he suffered from an unfair workplace investigation into his alleged misconduct and his employer’s unfounded allegations of cause for his dismissal. The decision in Lalonde v. Sena Solid Waste is another caution that employers will suffer significant financial penalty if they dismiss their employees in bad faith.

On Board with Gender Diversity

Women still face challenges to have their chance at the table

By Angela Holtham

The business world is a much different place today than it was a few decades ago. When I set out to university in the 1970s to study math and computer science, an adviser told me not to take physics, as it would be unlikely for me to do well in the class and it wouldn’t serve any use to me in the professional world.

The Canadian Model for Pensions

Can a homegrown model for pension management change the course of retirement funding and HR administration?

By Joel Kranc

Many of Canada’s largest pension funds have gained much success and adoration on the global financial stage. Not so far in the past, Canadian public pensions were relatively conservative investment vehicles focusing mainly on investments such as government bonds, and were funded on a “pay-as-you-go” basis.

Cybersecurity

Focus on mitigating, not eliminating risk

By Michael Murphy

Can risk ever be eliminated?

Leaders face business risks everyday – operational, reputational, speculative. Rising to the top of the list recently: cybersecurity. External agents are seeking to either disable devices completely, or gain access to privileged data and applications, using common tactics such as malware and phishing.

Winning the Productivity Game

When it comes to improving productivity, improving workplace experiences is key. But that doesn’t mean office ping-pong tables.

By Paul Burrin

Could the office Ping-Pong table be put to better use? New research from Sage People has found that employees at Canadian firms find many fringe benefits a distraction. In fact, almost half surveyed think that having Ping-Pong or pool tables in the office actually decreases productivity.

Building a Culture of Innovation in Innovation-Challenged Industries

Principles for success

By Heather Fraser

Innovation is a top priority for every enterprise that wants to not only thrive in today’s economic landscape, but also survive through constant change. Some think innovation is risky, but the reality is that not innovating is the bigger risk.