Month: May 2021

​Most Canadian employers have, at some point, had to navigate a situation where an employee needs to take time away from the workplace for medical reasons. Unlike other leaves, such as parental leave or sabbatical, medical leaves will often not have a predetermined end date. As a result, employers often find themselves asking a number
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​Last week, President Joe Biden signed a bill into law that seeks to address the rise in hate crimes committed against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) since the beginning of the COVID‑19 pandemic. While the legislation received bipartisan support in Congress and has encouraged activists, experts insist there is much more to be done to
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Diversity and inclusion is on everyone’s minds these days. It’s in the news and audiences are becoming more aware of systemic racism each day. It has left businesses in a place where failing to meet expectations on diversity and the promotion of inclusive environments is flat out bad for business. While we live in a
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​Job candidates are expressing growing interest in learning about an organization’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) stance and practices prior to accepting a job. Some companies are addressing that desire by sharing relevant information through channels like social media, blogs and careers sites. Others are providing job applicants with opportunities to interact with employees who
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Aligning pay with business goals is a common method of ensuring results. It is now widely accepted that achieving high levels of diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) can create a competitive advantage and drive individual and organizational performance. However, organizations seeking to advance in these areas face a strategic alignment challenge: how to embed DE&I
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​Workplaces are struggling to stay solvent, safe and inclusive as they face the coronavirus pandemic, social unrest and economic uncertainty, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) points out in a new report issued today by its Blue Ribbon Commission on Racial Equity (BRC). The 13-member commission is part of Together Forward @Work, an initiative SHRM
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Like many of you I’m sure, I’ve become incredibly frustrated in that HR never seems to get the credit it deserves. Allied to this, HR doesn’t seem to position itself in a way that it can demonstrate the real “added value” difference that we all know it can. There is so much talk about HR
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​SHRM has partnered with Security Management Magazine to bring you relevant articles on key workplace topics and strategies.  Diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) bring myriad benefits to organizations, from unique perspectives in crisis management to fostering future talent to building a more resilient culture. But DE&I are more than a business imperative, they are a
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​On May 20, professionals and organizations all over the world will celebrate the second annual International Human Resources Day. This day is a global recognition of the dedicated people whose hard work makes the HR profession a vital function across all industries. The World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA) has designated “HR Shaping the
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​When British Columbia announced temporary travel restrictions on April 23, Anita Alfke was prepared. She lives on Vancouver Island, one of the three health regions designated by the provincial government, and could no longer leave the island. However, months of pandemic life had prepared her for this particular phase. She works in sales, which has
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​While much of the attention on U.S. immigration policy has focused on children and families at the southern border of the U.S., business leaders have a list of problems with the nation’s employment-based immigration system they’d like to see fixed. At the heart of those problems are job openings. Even as unemployment rates remain relatively
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The four-day workweek received a notable boost recently when Spain announced a pilot project for employers interested in a trial run of the concept. Companies in other countries, including Japan and New Zealand, also have tested four-day workweeks. Early this year, the deputy of Spain’s progressive Más País party, which has promoted the idea, tweeted
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