Top articles from 2016

Top articles from 2016

Top articles from 2016 From industry acquisitions to executive appointments – it’s certainly been an eventful year for Canada’s HR sector. Here, we look back at the highest ranking articles which got readers clicking in the second half of 2016.
 
July

Dismissed HR manager slams CBC over “toxic work environment”

Dismissed in June, the senior HR professional filed a lawsuit for wrongful dismissal the following month.

Morneau Shepell announces new COO

The HR consulting company named its inaugural COO with an industry veteran stepping into the senior role.

High court ruling a “wakeup call” for employers

Unions applauded the July 14 decision which tightened regulations around dismissals for federally-regulated employers. 
 
August

$125K fine for workplace violence

An Ontario organization was hit with a hefty fine after one employee was physically assaulted while at work.

Benefits disrupter hires senior Sun Life exec 

The alternative insurance platform confirmed on August 3 that it had recruited industry expert Lori Casselman.

Female TV anchors suspended for being overweight

The eight women were told by bosses that they could only return to work after they achieved an “appropriate appearance.”
 
September

Winners of the 2016 HR Awards revealed 

Hundreds of Canada’s best and brightest gathered for the event but only a select few could walk away with an award.

Finance giant introduces 16-week leave

Employees will be able to take time off – fully paid – for a whole host of reasons including caring for elderly relatives or sick spouses.

Court restores landmark human rights award 

The latest twist in a drawn out saga sees the B.C. Court of Appeal reinstate a record-breaking award for “injury to dignity, feelings and disrespect.”
 
October

$2.6M fine for Disney over “deplorable” safety incident

A production firm owned by the industry giant came under fire after Hollywood star Harrison Ford was crushed beneath a hydraulic door. 

HR “turning point” as CCHRA rebrands 

The association announced that it, and the eight provincial associations that make up the national body, would be aligning under a new name and designation.

New rules set to crack down on mass lay-offs 

The federal government confirmed it would be tightening rules around group terminations, making it more difficult for certain companies to conduct mass lay-offs without warning.
 
November

HR firm names new VP 

Home-grown consultancy Accompass attracted another industry veteran to its ranks, this time from global firm Mercer.

Trump’s win prompts immigration overload

Canada’s immigration website crashed following the shock victory but one legal expert said HR shouldn’t expect an influx of U.S. jobseekers.

Employers urge Liberals to rethink parental leave changes

Employers and labour groups alike lobbied the government to scrap its proposed plan, amid concerns from both sides.
 
December

Fox hires new HR chief

The news channel, which is still involved in an ongoing sexual harassment suit, confirmed a major HR appointment.

Morneau Shepell announces acquisition

Canada's largest EAP provider acquired a Montréal-based health and wellness firm.

Senior exec returns to job despite racist slur

The woman was suspended after calling Michelle Obama an “ape in heels” but officials said she’d be back in the role before Christmas.