November 03, 2008

November 3, 2008


Quebec Daycare workers can unionize

A judgment by the Quebec Superior Court will allow at home daycare workers to join a union. The decision is currently available, in French, by clicking on Confédération des syndicats nationaux c. Québec (Procureur général), at the Quebec Superior Courts judgments website (see below).

The Gazette, November 3, 2008

Decisions des tribunaux et organisms du Quebec


Strike possible at York University

Contract faculty, teaching assistants and graduate assistants at York University will be in a legal strike position as of November 4th, 2008.

Globe and Mail, October 31, 2008, “York plans to cancel classes in event of strike:  Goal is to prevent chaos, school says,” by James Rusk

Doorey’s Workplace Blog, October 28, 2008The Possible Strike at York.

Doorey’s Workplace Blog, October 23, 2008York Classes Might be Cancelled as of Nov. 2nd Due to Strike



Union Access to Workers During Organizing Campaigns

A recent paper by David Doorey of York University looks at union access to workers during organizing campaigns in light of the recent Supreme Court of Canada Health Services decision.  The paper titled, Union Access to Workers During Union Organizing Campaigns: A New Look Through the Lens of Health Services, compares Canadian, American, and British law on this topic.

Draft Paper, October 16, 2008, (54 pages, PDF) – click on Download and then click on the SSRN button on upper left



Innovative Workplace Practices—2nd Quarter 2008

The Workplace Information Directorate Labour Program, part of Human Resources and Social Development Canada, produces a quarterly analysis of innovative provisions in collective agreements negotiated between employers and unions. An innovative provision could include trend-setting changes to workplace practices such as how to manage work-life balance in the workplace.  

Quarterly Analysis, August 29, 2008 (3 pages, PDF)

Innovative Workplace Practices Archive


Gen Y’s career expectations

According to a recent article in the Globe and Mail the current economic crunch will be hardest for Gen Y.  The article includes a section for managers on how to best manage Gen Y through the economic downturn.

Globe and Mail, October 29, 2008:  “Generation shocked; having known only boom times, Gen Y faces the toughest adjustment in career expectations during the current crunch, pros say” by Wallace Immen

The Top 10 Strategies for Attracting Generation Y as Employees Into Your Company, October 20, 2008.


Innovation Based Commerce

The Conference Board of Canada has released, Canada’s Pathways Toward Global Innovation Success: Report of the Leaders’ Panel on Innovation-Based Commerce.   The report argues that to prosper Canada should harness its technological and commercial resources along three key pathways: clean energy, water management, and regenerative medicine.

Report, October 2008, Conference Board of Canada, (52 pages, PDF) -- free after registering with the Conference Board’s e-Library (scroll down to find title)



A Report Card on Canada

The Conference Board of Canada has prepared a website titled —How Canada Performs: A Report Card on Canada—that assesses Canada’s quality of life compared to that of its peer countries.  The economy, health, society, innovation, education and skills, and the environment are graded.

How Canada Performs website

The Psychology of Recession, Hot Topics in Economics (short commentaries from the Conference Board’s economics team), October 31, 2008



Mercer has launched a new portal for tough economic times

Mercer has launched a new web site titled, “Unprecedented times”.  The site will provide resources in response to the current environment of economic uncertainty.  The current page, “Leading through unprecedented times,” provides links to podcasts with Mercer experts on HR-related matters, including talent management, transformational change, executive remuneration and employer provide health benefits.

Mercer’s Unprecedented Times website, November 3, 2008


TD Economics Revised Economic Forecasts

The most recent release by TD Bank Financial Group states that, “Relative to our September 25th forecast, we now expect Canada will be in a recession by the end of this year.” A Tale of Two Views, October 31, 2008.

Report, October 31, 2008 (12 pages, PDF)

Globe and Mail, November 1, 2008:  “Retrenching consumer slows economy,” by Heather  Scoffield.


Canadian Association of Pension Supervisory Authorities releases reports

The Canadian Association of Pension Supervisory Authorities has released its Final Report on Regulatory Principles for a Model Pension Law in Canada, intended to promote the harmonization of pension legislation across Canada.  As well, an earlier CAPSA consultation paper titled, Proposed Agreement Respecting Multi-Jurisdictional Pension Plans, is also available.  CAPSA will be holding in-person consultation sessions in cities across Canada.

Final report, October 31, 2008 (80 pages, PDF)

Consultation Document, October 21, 2008 (115 pages, PDF)

List of Consultation Sessions across Canada


Nova Scotia’s Pension Review Panel: Interim Position Paper

The objective of Nova Scotia’s Pension Review Panel is to ensure that defined benefit and defined contribution pension plans work well for both employers and employees. The issues being considered by the Panel include: the rules governing the payment of unfunded liabilities and solvency deficiencies; how to take away or decrease the volatility of pension plan costs for employers and employees; surplus and terminal funding issues; and encouraging employer participation in pension plans.

Interim Position Paper, Nova Scotia, October 17, 2008 (33 pages, PDF)

Nova Scotia Pension Review Panel website


Statistics on postsecondary education dropouts

Statistics Canada has released a paper titled, Postsecondary Education – Participation and Dropping Out: Differences across University, College and Other Types of Postsecondary Institutions.   The paper profiles postsecondary education dropouts from three different types of postsecondary education – university, college and other types of institutions and compares them with graduates. Dropping out of postsecondary education is costly as individuals incur costs via lost tuition and forgo future earnings and government contributions are a loss of investment.

Research Paper, Culture, Tourism and the Centre for Education Statistics, November 3, 2008 (39 pages, PDF)


Flexicurity and Industrial Relations

The European Foundation for the Improvement of Working and Living Conditions has released a paper titled, Flexicurity and Industrial Relations.  The report reviews the relevance and implementation of flexicurity in European Union Member States.  The paper looks at whether the introduction of the concept of flexicurity at national levels has had any impact on the attitudes of the social partners as regards labour regulation and industrial relations.

Paper, EIROnline, October 1, 2008 (59 pages, PDF)


OECD Launches New Tool for Visualizing Regional Statistics

OECD has launched a new interactive tool, the OECD eXplorer, used for visualising and analysing regional statistics using maps and graphs. Using a subset of OECD Regional Statistics database, users can now see and understand a selection of social and economic data at regional levels within OECD countries. They may use the mapping function to pan across and zoom into the map data and select regions that can then be viewed and compared in multiple graph formats simultaneously.

OECD eXplorer, November 3, 2008

OECD Regional Statistics and Indicators


Book of the Week

Performance Evaluation: Proven Approaches for Improving Program and Organizational Performance, by Ingrid Guerra-Lopez.  San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, c2008. 304 p.   ISBN 978-0-7879-8883-8 (pbk.)

Performance Evaluation is a hands-on text for practitioners, researchers, educators, and students in how to use scientifically-based evaluations that are both rigorous and flexible.  The author introduces the foundations of evaluation and presents the most applicable models for the performance improvement field. Her book offers a wide variety of tools and techniques that have proven successful and is organized to illustrate evaluation in the context of continual performance improvement.

About the Author:  Ingrid Guerra-López is an associate professor at Wayne State University and an internationally-known evaluation expert.



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