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Preparing for Changes in Parental Leave

After years of a steady state on parental leave and benefits, a federal campaign promise lauded by families is a source of concern for Alberta employers.  The Trudeau government’s policy platform on working families included provisions to extend, and adjust, how parental leave benefits are accessed in Canada.

While implementation details and dates have not been released, the intention of government was to extend parental leave up to 18 months, including the portion for maternity leave, with Employment Insurance benefits being reduced for the extended period.

Why Build a Learning Organization

I was once asked if I felt I was qualified for the role I was being considered for, and the first though that came to mind was “no, if I were, I would have nothing to learn.”

In the most recent Alberta HR Trends survey, however, over 64% of participants stated there was little to no increase in learning and development (L & D) spend this year, and over 20% said that there will be moderate to significant decreases to their L & D budget. In this day and age of exponential information creation, to stay current and competitive, we all need to be learning.

Six Ways to Cut HR Costs

In today’s economy, at many organizations, each department is being asked to trim expenses — and, at the same time, demonstrate the overall value it provides to the organization.

Report writing for HR professionals conducting workplace investigations

Human Resources professionals often have to do fact-finding in the workplace.  They may conduct formal or informal investigations – perhaps into allegations of harassment, bullying, mobbing, discrimination, improper use of resources, health and safety issues, conflict of interest or other kinds of wrongdoing. At the end of the fact-finding comes, inevitably, the report.  And report writing can be a bit tricky.

Here’s a 7-step framework for writing workplace investigation reports that can be adapted for virtually any kind of fact-finding.

Hiring Confidence Climbing Upward

Respondents to the HR Trends survey were asked if their organization expected to be hiring and, if so, how confident they are about finding the right candidates for the jobs. The Hiring Confidence Index (HCI) is the combined measure of organizational expectations to hire over the next six months and confidence of finding the right people to fill vacancies.