Month: September 2021

Learning and development has become the lifeblood of organizations, especially as digital transformation continues to evolve. Certainly, during the pandemic, companies are asking employees to learn new skills, adapt, and grow in the most efficient way possible. Human Resources has taken charge of helping everyone navigate new systems and processes and any associated learning. Organizations
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Addressing and eliminating microaggressions should be part of your Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) strategy to ensure the improvement of company culture. Microaggressions are thinly veiled, everyday instances of racism, homophobia, or sexism. Often, they surface as small comments, gestures, or jokes that go unaddressed. “Microagressions are defined as verbal, behavioral, and environmental indignities that
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​Marlo J. Gaal, SHRM-SCP, is chief talent officer at Chicago-based Ariel Investments, a Black-owned mutual fund investment firm. As businesses began prioritizing diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) strategies over the past 18 months, Gaal received inquiries from HR colleagues about “all things DE&I,” save one at the heart of Ariel’s business. “To be honest, I
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​Ontario’s Divisional Court—a branch of the Superior Court of Justice in Canada’s largest province—unanimously ruled in June that more employers in Ontario will now have to take their global payroll into account in determining an employee’s entitlement to severance pay. According to the Ontario Employment Standards Act 2000 (ESA), employers in the province with a
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​With people living longer and being in generally better shape in their golden years than their parents and grandparents were, people over age 50 represent a major talent pool for the IT industry. According to the Urban Institute, only 12.9 percent of adults ages 65 and older have a job. With high demand for IT
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​Within the last few months, U.S. employers doing business in Mexico have felt the effects of the enforcement mechanisms of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). It is perhaps counterintuitive to many employers that the USMCA would result in labor enforcement actions against U.S. companies under Mexican law. But it does. Most readers—especially in Texas, whose largest trade partner is Mexico—will
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President Joe Biden recently imposed vaccine requirements on the private sector. Through a combination of executive orders and new federal rules, he made it mandatory for businesses that have 100 or more employees to require full vaccination against COVID-19 or submit to mandatory weekly testing. Companies are waiting to get more guidance in the form
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Large companies across various industries in Canada are setting up their own employee COVID-19 vaccination policies amid a flurry of new federal, provincial and local pronouncements that stop short of requiring vaccines for private-sector workers. Canada’s government announced in August it will require vaccination this fall for the federal workforce—with accommodations or alternative steps, such
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The pandemic has proven the need for remote, customized learning and development solutions. Companies need to invest in the right kind of technology to ensure employees can easily access training materials and assessments no matter where they are working. This is especially important for companies that have remote or hybrid workplaces. The technology, of course,
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​British Columbia, Canada, has broadened and clarified its ability to investigate employment compliance matters and will tighten rules for hiring children younger than 16 years old under changes to the province’s Employment Standards Act (ESA). The changes arose from 2019 amendments to the ESA meant to ensure employment standards are evenly applied, properly enforced, and
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Given the prevalence and rising use of artificial intelligence for customer service, feedback and general information, it’s no surprise that HR teams are adopting AI-driven bots for workplace communication. Companies are embracing bot tools as time and money savers to conduct and evaluate interviews, substituting them for face-to-face conversations. AI tools can also screen resumes,
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