The National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety is about creating a workplace that prevents mental injury to workers in reckless, negligent and intentional ways, and promotes conditions and activities that support the mental health of all workers, including those who suffer with mental illness.
The traditional 5-days-a-week, 8-hours-a-day working schedule has long been regarded as the ideal approach to efficiency and consistency. But with the rise of technology, flexibility in the workplace is becoming more common. With this newfound flexibility, workplaces are re-evaluating their schedules and beginning to offer alternatives to the traditional work schedule. Whether that involves shorter days, flexible hours, or flexible days is all up to the employer.
It is time to say goodbye to the 24-month upper limit on common law notice periods. The writing has been on the wall since 2015, as we have seen notice awards slowly creeping up from this high-water mark, with the courts providing notice awards of 26 and 27 months in a number of recent cases.
With cannabis legally available for purchase from approved Ontario retailers as of today (April 1, 2019) it will now be even more accessible. As an employer, are your policies surrounding cannabis, up-to-date?
With the rapid advances in AI, businesses of all shapes and sizes are considering the technology to improve practices, increase revenue and reduce costs. What’s happening today in the realm of AI that employers need to know?
While you might not be responsible to provide work life balance as an employer, it is beneficial to both your employees and your organization as a whole to help promote it. Employees who feel they have a healthy work-life balance perform better and show increased productivity. Plus, in your workplace it can help improve retention, decrease employee burnout, improve employee health, and reduce absenteeism. Human Resources support can help employees achieve that ever-elusive work-life balance.
On October 17, 2018, the Cannabis Act officially came into effect, permitting Canadians to legally purchase, possess and consume recreational cannabis. Amidst the excitement, a report published by the Conference Board of Canada indicated that more than half of Canadian employers expressed concerns about the potential effects that this significant legislative development would have on their workplace.
Mental health problems appear to be on the rise, according to a survey from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). HR professionals are facing challenges when it comes to employees reporting mental-health problems, said Ruben Rodney, and sometimes recognizing poor mental health is easier said than done.
That loud crash you heard? Don’t worry – that was just Ontario Premier Doug Ford derailing the province’s least favorite rollercoaster the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, colloquially known as “Bill 148”.
Emerging from recent trends surrounding gender-based wage disparity, Ontario’s new Pay Transparency Act, 2018 (the “Act”) is set to come into force on January 1, 2019.