Brampton, Durham, GTA, Mississauga, Vaughan
Although much attention has been focused on the increase to the provincial minimum wage, it is important to note that Bill 148 introduced many additional amendments and with marijuana in the workplace only months away, yesterday's presentation, located in Brampton, was pertinent.
It was a jam-packed morning with Damien Buntsma, Associate Counsel with Miller Thomson LLP, presenting current and future changes. The presentation was divided into 3 parts: Bill 148, Marijuana: Controlled Substances in the Workplace and RWT & Mental Health. Summary of areas covered is below.
- Minimum wage
- Equal Pay for Equal Work (effective April 1, 2018)
- Paid Vacation
- Public Holiday Calculation
- Overtime Pay
- Personal Emergency Leave
- Leaves of Absences
To cross the road I may go directly, or I may use a nearby footbridge. Crossing the road directly gives me an opportunity to reach the other side quickly, but if I take that opportunity there is an increased risk of injury from moving cars.
What did I just demonstrate?
There are risks in all systems, processes and functions.
Blake Roussell, QHSE Manager with Welded Tube of Canada presented risk-based thinking. Blake explained what risk-based thinking is and the actions that Companies can take to meet ISO9001:2015.
- How can I avoid or mitigate risk?
- Implement the action
- Check the effectiveness
- Learn from the experience – improve
Risk-based thinking becomes proactive rather them reactive. It reduces the…
Great question! The first time I heard this metaphor was at the “How to Manage an Aging Workforce” SIG at PolyOne Canada Inc. last week. Carmine Domanico, Senior Human Resource Manager at PolyOne Canada presented a fantastic informational session on Aging Workforce.
The “Silver Tsunami” refers to the aging workforce.
10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day – a trend that began in 2011 and will continue until 2030. In addition to the aging workforce, millennial opportunists are leaving companies to grow their career, this leaves HR professionals planning for employee exits.
Carmine reviewed 4 Ways for Companies to Overcome Aging Workforce Issues:
- Encourage Boomers to Stay
- Build a Mentoring Culture
- Invest in Employee Career Development
On September 28, 2017, ABM North America shared their best practice of Training & Development. Marela Vucic, Director-HR, presented how her and the team at ABM North America reinvented their training & development program.
Marela started the presentation with 2 very important messages:
- Collaboration is most important to training & development. It is not HR telling you what to do!
- Value People!
Marela along with Ruggero Comisso, Production Manager and John Siebner, Director of Operations, reviewed the training orientation packages for both temporary workers and full-time workers, however this article will focus on temporary workers.
Step 1: Build a relationship with the temporary agencies. If you…
On September 21st, Crystal Fountains hosted Damian Buntsma & Greg Bush from Miller Thomson. Damian & Greg presented information on Social Media and an update on Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act 2017 recommendations.
Bill 148 passed:
- First reading June 2017
- Second reading September 2017
- Third reading is expected before 2017-year end
Bill 148 Recommendations (not a full list):
- Equal Pay for Equal Work:
- Can use seniority system (including accumulated hours of work) as one of the grounds on which pay differences can be justified.
- Paid Vacation:
- Increased to 3 weeks and vacation pay to 6% after an employee has worked for 5 years or more (with same employer).
- Emergency Leave…
If you are to ask Jonathan Owens, Plant Manager of Crystal Fountains in Vaughan, Ontario he will tell you it is the goalie!
Quality System processes, scorecards and strategies can be difficult to develop; however, these same quality systems protect your customer and your company. Quality errors can be very expensive. Rework, decrease in brand name reputation and waste are a few factors out of many that can touch the bottom line through quality issues.
Jonathan’s message to the guests at…
Johnvince hosted our first SIG of the year sharing Best Practices on Industrial Waste Water Control: City By-Laws & Enforcements - Working with the City.
Industrial Waste Control: Toronto was the first Canadian Municipality to implement a Pollution Preventions reporting program under a Sewers By-law. Businesses must review processes and identify and reduce any of the 39 subject pollutants detected in their effluent. Failure to comply with the bylaw can result in fines up to $100,000 per DAY!
Toronto is not the only municipality…Halton has a similarly onerous bylaw and York Implemented stricter limits, increasing the maximum penalty from $1000…
EMC partnered with NMA (Northumberland Manufacturing Association) Clarington Board of Trade and Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade – a large collaboration for the Greeley Containment & Rework Inc SIG in Bowmanville in June.
Company Profile: Greeley are the newest members in our Durham Consortium and hosted almost immediately. A 100% Canadian owned, non-unionized private company since 1999, they provide world class service in detecting and stopping the flow of non-conforming parts by the major OEM’s, General Motors and Tier 1 and 2 suppliers. Providing services in Sub-Assembly, Rework & Repairs, Repacking & Kitting, Sequencing, Warehousing, Transportation and Final Vehicle Inspection. They also do Quality…
Business Continuity is a PROCESS, not to be viewed as a project with a start and end date. Did you know that only 25% of companies do not have a Business Continuity Plan and 60% have not considered how losing a supplier would impact their business? Retirement Readiness – it’s time to develop your strategy for the implementation of the ORPP!
Business Continuity Planning (BCP)
David Lindsay, Client Executive with Jones Brown Inc presented to us the following 4 related sections and the key elements of a BCP.
- Aligning Risk Management plans with Strategic an Organizational Objectives
- The Value of Business Continuity Planning as part of the Overall Risk Management Plan
- Getting Started. Critical Questions
- The Key Elements of a Business Continuity Plan
The top risks today are;
- Reputation - Think Lance Armstrong and Tiger…
This year, our Legal Update SIG focused on Social Media in the Workplace, Duty to Accommodate and Accommodating Family Status.
Huge topics, and ones we could have spent four hours on, let alone the two and a half we did.
Sun Rich Fresh Foods hosted a full house for the Legal Update SIG for our Brampton/Mississauga consortium. We welcomed Laura Cassiani, a partner in the Labour Relations & Employment Law group of Miller Thomson. Laura provides strategic advice on a variety of workplace and human resources issues, including regulatory compliance, human rights matters, discipline and termination, employment standards, health and safety, workplace privacy, policy development, contracts and accessibility.
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