Canadian HR Reporter

July 2021 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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A total of $350. That's how much a worker at EACOM Timber can earn if they prove they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, with $200 for the first dose, $150 for the second or $350 for a single-shot vaccine. The wood products company thought the formal bonus would be a "good tool," says Éric Larouche, vice president of HR at the 1,200-employee company. "It's really a 'Thank you for everything that you have done. And thank you for continuing to be safe,'" he says. "We want to… be supportive and play a role in getting back to what's going to be the new normalcy. And it's not in response to [worker] resistance, but it's more in support of being a good corporate citizen." The company hopes to achieve an 85-per-cent vaccination rate among staff at its nine sawmills and two manufacturing facilities in Quebec and Ontario. Even those who cannot receive the vaccine for medical reasons can apply to receive the bonus, as can new employees who were vaccinated before their start date, he says. EACOM also plans to hold a draw among those facilities that achieve the 85-per-cent target for three prizes of $10,000 each that will WWW.HRREPORTER.COM ISSUE 34.06.2021 THE NATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT COVID 'long-haulers' in spotlight The symptoms can last months after an infection, so ill employees could prove a challenge for employers /8 ALSO IN THIS ISSUE… THE RIGHT TO DISCONNECT Ottawa is looking into legislating work- life balance, but does it make sense for Canadian workers? /10 MORE THAN HAPPY HOUR By now, employees may be bored of five o'clock drinks with colleagues online, but there are other ways to spice up engagement and recognition /26 DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING Understanding the delicate balance between workplace safety and employees' rights to privacy and accommodation /34 > pg. 2 Should vaccines be mandatory? Do incentives make sense? And how much accommodation is required for employees who refuse to be vaccinated? Employers face many tough questions as economies slowly reopen, writes Sarah Dobson Fixing employee fraud With the economic downturn and many people working from home, the possibility of employee fraud rises /28 Vaccines raise more questions for employers READERS' CHOICE AWARDS 2021 In our 6th annual competition, we celebrate more than 100 top vendors and suppliers in the HR space /17

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