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February 16, 2012 Leave a comment

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Is it possible to restrict employees from Internet at work ? In a word, no.

February 7, 2012 Leave a comment

How does Canadian Immigration affect Employment ?

January 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Government announced changes for December 2011.

Tests now required for language points under Quebec Skilled Worker program

As of December 5th, new candidates to the Quebec Skilled Worker program who want to receive points for language for French and/or English, will have to submit test results along with their application. >>Read more…

Live-in caregivers can now get work permits significantly sooner

Foreigners in Canada under the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) can now receive open work permits immediately after completing their caregiver commitments, and submitting an application for permanent residence (PR). >> Read more…

Some no longer must submit passports once granted permanent residence

A final step during the application for Canadian Permanent Resident status, submitting your passport to the visa office so it can be stamped, is no longer necessary for citizens from Visitor Visa exempt countries. >> Read more…

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More students with differing abilities attending college

January 2, 2012 Leave a comment

This is good news as education becomes more accessible with sincere intentions to meet students’ individual need. More students with disabilities heading to college

Where is your Employer ?

November 7, 2011 Leave a comment

The findings of a new report completed by Deloitte  point to gaps in productivity caused by a Canadian workplace that fails to welcome and support foreign born workers. While some professional associations have started streamlining the recognition of foreign credentials, there are more than 440 regulatory bodies in Canada, many which have not begun to seek efficiencies in their procedures. As a result, Deloitte found there is a growing fear among progressive companies that Canada is going to lose workers to other countries if these systemic problems are not corrected.

So where is your employer in this spectrum of businesses succeeding and failing to hire and integrate new Canadians ?

If you want resources to evaluate or improve your company’s benefits from the knowledge level, language skills, and range in diversity provided by foreign born workers , there are many offered through the public sector and private consulting services. A few are listed below:

The Alliance sector of councils – Gateway potential

Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council

Hire Immigrants.ca

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What is the HR Lifecycle ?

September 29, 2011 Leave a comment

I don’t know if you have seen this term cropping up in industry – at first it sounded a little like a biology study to me.  However I still thought I should research to see what it means. Here are the results of my findings.

 

The mapping of the HR Life Cycle as it applies to using a Human Resources Information System (HRIS)

The employee life cycle as it relates to engagement (being fulfilled by your job)

Optimizing human resources department and employer expenses during an employee\’s time with company

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Has the definition of disability changed with the AODA?

September 5, 2011 Leave a comment

The AODA  (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities) uses the Ontario Human Rights Code definition of “disability” which is currently:

  •  any degree of physical disability, infirmity, malformation or disfigurement that is caused by bodily injury, birth defect or illness and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, includes diabetes mellitus, epilepsy, a brain injury, any degree of paralysis, amputation, lack of physical co-ordination, blindness or visual impediment, deafness or hearing impediment, muteness or speech impediment, or physical reliance on a guide dog or other animal or on a wheelchair or other remedial appliance or device
  •  a condition of mental impairment or a developmental disability
  •  a learning disability, or a dysfunction in one or more of the processes involved in understanding or using symbols or spoken language
  •  a mental disorder, or
  •  an injury or disability for which benefits were claimed or received under the insurance plan established under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 (“handicap”).

 

The history of this new act goes back to the 1970’s. Disability was added to the Ontario Human Rights Code when it came into effect in 1982. The new act replaced Ontario’s original human rights law, which took effect in 1962. The new act was the first time that Ontario’s human rights law had been changed. In the late 1970s, the Ontario Human Rights Commission studied human rights in Ontario. Their report showed that there were new human rights issues in Ontario. The new law was based on this study. The Ontario Human Rights Code then gave more power to the Human Rights Commission. It also gave people more rights to freedom from discrimination.
 
The 1982 Ontario Human Rights Code protected against discrimination “because of handicap”. The law said that “handicap” meant “real or perceived physical , mental retardation or impairment, mental disability or a disorder”.
Since 1982, the Human Rights Code has changed. The word “handicap” has been taken out.
 
Now the AODA of 2005 says that people cannot be discriminated against because of “disability”. The code and the law thus have a wider definition of disability, and the rights of persons with disabilities are protected in more areas.
How is your organization’s planning for AODA ?
 
Guide to Accessibility
A summary of Ontario legislation on disability