Canadian HR Reporter

June 2020 CAN

Canadian HR Reporter is the national journal of human resource management. It features the latest workplace news, HR best practices, employment law commentary and tools and tips for employers to get the most out of their workforce.

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THE numbers are hard to fathom: More than half of Canadians have been laid off, temporarily or permanently, because of the pandemic, and more than five million Canadians have applied for emergency benefits. The deadly COVID-19 virus has led to immense upheaval in the workplace, with masses of workers working from home while others on the front lines are now wearing masks behind clear protective screens. And much like the financial crisis of 2008 and the 9-11 attacks in 2001, the pandemic represents a pivotal moment for human resources, according to Kathryn Kitchen, head of HR at Manulife Canada in Waterloo, Ont. "HR is really well positioned to think through capabilities, employee sentiments, employee needs in the future — that's part of our unique secret sauce — so taking that, bringing that to the table, figuring out what we need from a business and market perspective, that's magic. And so how the pandemic has hit our employee base, how we' ll recover from it together, as a society, that's where HR has really unique perspective." This could be a watershed moment for the workplace, says Gary Clarke, a partner at Stikeman Elliott in Calgary. WWW.HRREPORTER.COM ISSUE 33.05 THE NATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT Pandemic recovery 'watershed moment'' Cybersecurity risks With so many more remote workers, COVID-19 is a growing threat when it comes to cybersecurity /8 Overtime violations Lessons for employers as court finds CIBC breached overtime obligations /10 Testing for safety Figuring out which types of drug and alcohol tests make sense for the workplace /22 ALSO IN THIS ISSUE… Virtual job fairs With in-person recruitment a near imposssibility, job fairs for students are shifting to the virtual environment /12 Upgrading HR at U of T The University of Toronto suffered from decentralized internal processes so it embarked on a multi-year journey to overhaul its workforce management solution /16 Legal risks of COVID-19 A look at the enhanced employer liability and legal risks of layoffs brought on by the pandemic /34 > pg. 2 What will the new world of work look like? HR has a lot to consider in planning for the post-pandemic era, such as the physical work environment, safety concerns, mental health issues, staffing changes and remote work options, finds Sarah Dobson

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