Canadian HR Reporter

March 7, 2016

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PM40065782 RO9496 March 7, 2016 INSIDE ONE BAD APPLE It only takes one person to ruin a batch, but a toxic environment can be fixed with a few basic actions Bridging the gap Employee perceptions may not match reality of pay issues page 2 'Tis the season Home Depot all about mass recruitment page 3 Counter-offers Offering more pay may not work out quite as planned page 14 page 13 NO > pg. 12 NATURAL > pg. 10 The CANADIAN OUTPLACEMENT COMPANY Since 1981 Quebec rejoins CCHRA CRHA now associate member after 6-year absence BY SARAH DOBSON IT'S been rumoured as a pos- sibility for months and now it's official: Quebec's provincial HR association has rejoined the Cana- dian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA). Having relinquished its mem- bership in 2010, the Ordre des conseillers en ressources hu- maines agréés du Québec (CRHA) decided to come back as an associ- ate member, meaning it is not pay- ing membership fees and it does not have voting rights. "We were approached by the Canadian council with the option of rejoining and because we want to share best practice and we think we can help our other colleagues in their own challenges, we thought, 'Why not join again?'" said Manon Poirier, general manager of CRHA in Montreal. "Our objective is to collaborate with our colleagues across Canada — I think our members see value in making sure that our profes- sional order has ties with other Canadian bodies." CCHRA has really moved the yardstick in terms of the gover- nance model, in focusing on bet- tering and promoting the profes- sion and working on a number of endeavours including research projects and revising standards — and Quebec has seen that, said Tony Ariganello, president and CEO of the Human Re- sources Management Association (HRMA) in Vancouver and CEO of CCHRA. With the entry of Quebec, CCHRA said it brings together associations that represent more than 24,000 HR professionals across Canada. It's important Quebec has come back onboard, said Chris McNel- ly, CEO of the Human Resources Institute of Alberta (HRIA) in Calgary "It shows unity and co-opera- tion throughout the country to ensure that we are advancing the HR profession in the best interests of the public and in the best inter- ests of our members." e member provinces are all committed to the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation, so they are all pro- moting and branding the CHRP as a professional designation in HR, said Ron Gauthier, CEO and CHRP registrar at the Human Resource Management Association of Mani- toba (HRMAM) in Winnipeg. "The other thing for us is of course strength is in numbers and so when we look at collaboration and as it relates to standards and ethics and research and profes- sional development and other programming that we might be looking at, that collaboration and expertise will help, given the size of Quebec and how many mem- bers they have… as we move for- ward and look at developing the profession." CCHRA lost a considerable number of members it represents — along with funding — when Ontario's HR association gave up Accreditation program allows for bypass of NKE Two new pathways open up for CHRP candidates BY SARAH DOBSON PEOPLE interested in pursuing the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation now have three pathways to con- sider instead of one — in every province but Ontario. at's because provincial mem- bers of the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA) have introduced a pro- gram for identifying post-second- ary credit-level degree, diploma and certificate programs for ac- creditation in their respective provinces. To be accredited, the post-sec- ondary program must be assessed and shown to cover at least 80 per cent of the content of the CHRP competency framework. And any school that is accredited will be recognized by other member associations. Students who graduate from an accredited program with an over- all average grade of 70 per cent or higher will be eligible to waive the National Knowledge Exam (NKE) and move straight to the experi- ence portion of the CHRP. e program will also be available to students who graduated in the past five years, provided the program has not changed significantly. CCHRA has been working on the initiative for the past year, ac- cording to Chris McNelly, CEO of the Human Resources Institute of Alberta (HRIA), adding it's very similar to what's available for ac- countants and engineers. "e National Knowledge Exam is essentially an exam based on theoretical knowledge of the field of human resources and it's broad in its spectrum so... for a student who has gone through a credit- level post-secondary program that essentially teaches all of the infor- mation that is tested on the NKE, we really see that as a substitute for that academic level of knowledge. "So what we see is really giving a higher level of credibility and integrity to those post-secondary Bill S-201 renews debate on genetic testing Looks to protect workers around use of information by employers, insurance companies BY LIZ FOSTER A RECENT revision of Bill S-201 is renewing debate about genetic testing and its role in the workplace. e Genetic Non-Discrimina- tion Bill — first introduced in 2013 as Bill S-218 before being tabled and subsequently reintroduced — would ensure the results of genetic testing cannot be collected or used without written consent. e bill would protect any information acquired through the testing of DNA, RNA or chromosomes. Additionally, the legislation aims to give citizens and employ- ees the right to refuse genetic test- ing altogether without discrimina- tion. Exemptions are made, how- ever, for genetic testing required by physicians, pharmacists or other health-care practitioners, as well as for testing conducted as part of medical, pharmaceutical or scientific research. To further protect genetic in- formation, the bill includes provi- sions to various conventions in- cluding the Canada Labour Code, the Canadian Human Rights Act CANADA > pg. 17 TURBULENT TIMES Alain Bellemare (left), president and CEO of Bombardier, with Air Canada's president and CEO, Calin Rovinescu in Montreal on Feb. 17. The struggling aerospace giant is slashing 7,000 people from its workforce while at the same time ramping up hiring to support production of its CSeries jets. But with talk of federal aid to help Bombardier, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said the government should consider similar help for the Energy East pipeline project. Credit: Christinne Muschi (Reuters)

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