Thanks, things are good. Carswell (http://www.carswell.com) publishes the main Canadian HR Law guides - you'll see HR and compliance listed as a link on the home page), but their publications (which are all online as well) are…"
Hope you are well. I was wondering if perhaps you had any suggestions on where I could look to find specifics on Canadian HR law. I find bits and pieces on different sites but I am sure there is one site that would hold the majority of…"
"Saw your note about moving back to Canada and LR is my core HR background. I haven't worked in the US, but have friends who have and have read a good deal. Law is pretty much the same in both with the exception of union organizing (with the…"
Sep 13, 2009
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Thanks, things are good. Carswell (http://www.carswell.com) publishes the main Canadian HR Law guides - you'll see HR and compliance listed as a link on the home page), but their publications (which are all online as well) are pricey. I'm guessing you would like something more budget-wise, which would be the statutes themselves. The Labour sections of each government usually list the laws and I believe most group them by HR-related topics (Labour - Canadian spelling needed will get the bargaining stuff, but they Safety, Workers Comp, etc., are all separate). You can sometime identify the correct names of the laws from Tables such as this for the Canadian federal jurisdiction - http://laws.justice.gc.ca/eng/TablePublicStatutes/index.html, but it's a lot to go through. That justice site has in general all the laws in one place, but it's massive. Again you can search for Labour, Safety, etc. and come up with the main pieces that way and use the correct titles to Google right to them. Unfortunately with so many provincial jurisdictions and then federal there's a lot of piecemeal unless you go to something like Carswell. Not sure if that helps, but I haven't found anything 'handy' and inexpensive. Mostly when I'm looking it's to see the specific wording, so the statutes themselves work best and are on the web sites that contain the most related stuff, so once you've found one piece the others are usually close by. There is a lot of similarity to the US, though, so any name you would find there, you'd likely find was similar here and googling directly to something like "federal canada labour relations" will usually get you there fast. I'm not sure if you're looking for a summary overview or the details.
Saw your note about moving back to Canada and LR is my core HR background. I haven't worked in the US, but have friends who have and have read a good deal. Law is pretty much the same in both with the exception of union organizing (with the provinces also varying somewhat more than for terminations) and terminating employment. In general you have to be more careful when unions are organizing about what you say, but there is still room to dispute if you're careful. On terminations other than for provable cause (theft, etc.,) you have to pay severance or pay in lieu of notice in virtually every case and in substantial amounts from a week per year of service at the staff end to a month per year at the top end. This creates problems here when the company is owned by US operators who don't understand this and refuse to pay, creating law suits or they think they can say whatever they want in union drives and get into trouble (less common).
Any way the laws mostly have different names here, but a quite similar with these exceptions. The challenge in any jurisdiction is to get advice and read the actual wording of the law very, very carefully because even slight variations can cause headaches down the road if you haven't read correctly. No matter how many years I worked in HR (more than 30) I always started by getting out the law and reading the relevant sections prior to deciding what to do in a case... and usually calling the company labour counsel just for a second opinion.