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2013 Year in Review

Another year is coming to a close. We thought we would give you a brief overview of what HR pros accomplished in 2013: HR pros celebrated 5 years in business in October – Thank you for your support!

We launched “Webinar Wednesday”, a free webinar open to all, the third Wednesday of each month. The schedule is on our website!

HR pros proudly launched its socially conscious “Referral Program”. Both the referrer and the referee are rewarded. Concomitantly, HR pros may take the reward amount and make a donation to the charity of the referrer’s or referee’s choice. For information check HR pros’ Facebook page or call Sylvain.

HR pros provided expert human resources management, safety and training solutions to clients throughout NS, NB, PE, PQ, ON and in BC. Our clients are from all industry sectors and from not-for-profit organizations.

We conducted our first national Wage and Benefit survey.

We developed what might be the only Apprenticeship-specific appraisal system; certainly the only one we have seen.

HR pros starting building a stand-alone training services division! Watch for more on this in early January.

Greg Cole, CHRP – Senior Consultant joined HR pros as a Senior Consultant, HR and Training.

Greg has been a lecturer at both the university and college levels.  He has worked in human resources within the professional services and telecom industries, specifically, and among others. Since joining he has developed and delivered customized training solutions throughout NS and NB.

Greg is a longtime Canadian Progress Club – Halifax member and coordinated the educational component of the 2013 National Canadian Progress Club convention.He also joined the Ward 5 Neighbourhood Centre Board of Directors.

Greg recertified to the national Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation in October 2013.

Angela O’Connell – Senior WCB, HR, OH&S Consultanthas taken on a larger client-facing role and is building her WCB practice.

Angela saved our clients easily $180,000.00 in WCB expenses through expert case file management and appeals! Fair to say she has the attention of the WCB!

Angela was a subject matter expert presenters at the “Disability and Accommodation” INFONEX conference.

Angela became a Director on the board of the Elizabeth Frye Society.

Tanya Sieliakus, CHRP - VP Consulting Services was guest speaker at the Canadian Construction Association AGM in March; she spoke about motivating the different generations.  She was also at the Roxul general meeting in ON in November. Roxul have recently started operating in the US and Tanya spoke about “Diversity as a Competitive Business Advantage”.

Tanya was a subject matter expert presenters at the “Disability and Accommodation” INFONEX conference in November.

Tanya presented “Recruitment – Improving Your Efforts” at the annual International Association Administrative Professionals (IAAP) conference; her third year presenting human resources management to the group.

Tanya Sieliakus became a Director on the board of Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia and Chair of the Adult Services Committee. She also became a Director on the board of Entrepreneur’s with Disabilities Network and Chairs the Member Services, Governance and Personnel committees.

Tanya recertified to the national Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation in October 2013.

Sylvain Allaire, CHRP - VP Sales and Marketing was a guest speaker at the at the Forum on Immigration of the Conseil de Développement Économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse in March.

Sylvain was re-elected President of the Francophone Chamber of Commerce of Halifax.

He also became a Director on the board of Alianco, a not-for-profit organization that promotes the translation industry in Atlantic Canada.

Sylvain helped organized the 1st French language debate in Nova Scotia during the last provincial election.

Sylvain was the Chair of the Local Organizing Committee for the 2013 SportChek National Club Soccer Championships in Halifax 9-14 October 2013.

To all our clients, friends, supporters and the communities we service we wish you a Happy Holidays and good fortune and health in 2014!

PEI’s Zero Tolerance for Fall Protection Violations

Fall Protection in PEI is serious business. In July of last year the Workers’ Compensation Board launched its Zero Tolerance Campaign in an attempt to bring the seriousness of this area of workplace safety to the forefront of employers’ minds. The campaign was relaunched this May in a continued attempt to raise awareness of the potentially life-threatening consequences of not ensuring employees are properly protected if working at heights of 3m or greater.

Zero Tolerance means that fall protection is being enforced to the fullest extent of the law. Employers and/or employees not complying with the Act and Regulations may be issued orders, stop work orders, or prosecution under the OH&S Act with fines of up to $250,000.

WCB Occupational Health & Safety Officers have been inspecting PEI workplaces for fall protection and strictly enforcing the OH&S Act and Regulations. In 2012 these inspections resulted in charges and fines to three employers, two supervisors and nine workers. More than anything, this emphasized the seriousness of fall protection safety as well as the fact that both employers and employees have responsibilities under the Act.

Does your company up-to-date, comprehensive OH&S programs and manual in place?  If you need more information, complete the form below:

Occupational Health and Safety for Business Owners

On Tuesday, May 7th, HR pros facilitated a free webinar on Occupational Health and Safety for Business Owners.

Here is what some of the participants had to say:

  • Was simple to follow and understand
  • Speaker was very clear and gave great examples
  • Good time of day and concise presentation
  • Excellent. Very well presented, much details and examples
  • I liked that it was clear and to the point and hit most topics that employers and employees need to know.
  • I liked the real life examples that happened in the community
  • Polls and interactions were contextual and added value.

To view a recording of the webinar, please follow the link: Webinar: Occupational Health and Safety for Business Owners.

REMEMBERING WESTRAY

Some of you will no doubt remember the Westray mining tragedy.  For those of who may not be familiar with Westray, the accident occurred on 9 May 1992 when methane gas and then coal dust exploded in a Nova Scotia coal mine, killing 26 workers.   Since that tragic event, a lot has happened in Nova Scotia and in Canada to improve safety in the workplace.  Yet, still too many Canadians die as a result of job-related incidents.   (According to statistics from the Association of Workers’ Compensation Board of Canada, there were 1014 work-related death in Canada in 2010.)

As a consequence of Westray, the Canadian Criminal Code was amended in 2004 to make it possible to hold a company or individual guilty of criminal negligence for failing to fulfill the duty to protect a person doing work if the failure to protect was the result of wanton or reckless disregard for life or safety and caused death or serious bodily harm to the worker or a person affected by the work.   In Nova Scotia the Occupational Health and Safety Act established the Internal Responsibility System based on the principle that occupational health and safety is a shared responsibility.  Employees, employers, contractors, suppliers, architects, professional engineers have specific responsibilities to ensure a safe work environment.

The first week of May is also the North American Occupational Safety and Health Week.  It was first launched in 1997, marked by an agreement between Canada, the United States and Mexico.   Since then, the first week of each May is set aside, to focus employers, employees, partners and the public on occupational health and safety.  NAOSHW brings awareness to the importance of preventing injury and illness – in the workplace, at home and in the community.  This year, NOASHW will run from 6-12 May.

If you are not familiar with NAOSHW, it is an excellent opportunity to reiterate legislated safety policies and programming including:

o             your Corporate Safety Statement

o             the function and composition of your Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee (JOHS)

o             the importance of accident / incident / near miss reporting and your Accident Investigation program

o             your Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System program

o             your Housekeeping Inspection program

o             your Prevention of Violence in the Workplace program

The NOASHW provides an excellent opportunity to focus attention on workplace safety that should be maintained all year!   On the 20th anniversary of Westray, we should all make an extra effort.