HRM Online – Top Stories of 2014

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It’s been yet another interesting year for HR – highlights, or rather lowlights, of the year include the less-than-welcome amendments made by HRPA, the suggestion that employers will soon have to pay for employees’ sick notes and the disappointing revelation that sexual harassment in the workplace is still rife throughout Canada.
With just days before we head into 2015, take a look back at some of the top stories from this year.
  1. Requesting a doctor’s note – be careful what you ask for
Employers were warned about the legislative dangers of requesting detailed information about illnesses – if it isn’t relevant it could put you at risk. 
  1. Employers must have more trust or face rising costs
It seems hospitalization was a hot topic in 2014 and readers engaged in a heated debate about the pros and cons of covering the cost of an employee’s doctors note.
  1. The fastest growing job is a tiny HR niche
This year, “industrial-organizational psychologist” took the top stop for fastest-growing job – HR professionals with a psychology degree can look forward to a promising future.
  1. Ghomeshi facing charges
In 2014, CBC golden-boy Jian Ghomeshi fell from grace with one hell of a bump - his nefarious antics dominated mainstream media but readers couldn’t help wondering why on earth HR hadn’t dealt with the situation sooner. 
  1. CBC accused of looking the other way over workplace harassment
Critics soon condemned CBC’s handling of the entire case and harassment within the workplace – sexual or otherwise – became the hot topic for 2014.
  1. HRPA introduces three new designations
Exasperated readers expressed their concern at HRPAs recent ‘money-grab’ – the association was accused diluting the integrity of the industry and unfairly categorising members. 
  1. Google uncovers the secret to workplace happiness 
Forget throwing your company’s cash at fad incentive plans – Google’s head of HR revealed the secret behind workplace happiness – and it doesn’t cost a penny.

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