HRPA nears legislative goal

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Human resources professionals are a step closer to being the modern, self-governing profession they see themselves as.

A bill giving the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) more control over how the profession governs itself has now passed second reading in the Ontario Legislature.

The current legislation guiding HRPA was passed in 1990 and has simply become “outmoded,” argued association leaders. That’s poised to change.

“Since 1990, HRPA has ensured our members are given the professionals tools to meet the national standard of excellence in human resources management,” said Bill Greenhalgh, CEO for HRPA.  “The economy and the HR profession have evolved at a tremendous rate during that period, and the time has come to move to the next step to protect employees, employers, and of course, the public interest.”

HRPA hopes the current regulatory act is updated to better manage the numerous workplace changes of the past two decades. 

Bill 28 would strengthen the recognition and use of standardized HR skills to ensure all employees, regardless of background, are treated equally under the law, the association said. It would contribute to the success of a key public policy in Ontario: the creation of equitable workplaces.

The association also described the bill as giving it and its members more control over their “destination as a profession,” the ability to command a premium in the marketplace and an increase in their influence on public policy. It’s also expected to attract more people to HR as a career and have better ways of dealing with the unauthorized use of the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation.

Bill 28, the “Registered Human Resources Professionals Association Act,” received all party support, despite being a private member’s bill. Liberal MPP David Zimmer wasn’t entirely alone, winning co‐sponsorship from Christine Elliott of the Progressive Conservative Party and Michael Prue of the NDP. 

The bill would also include HRPA in the Fair Access to Regulated Professions Act, 2006, as a Schedule 1 signatory. 

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