Human Resources

Human resources is the set of individuals who make up the workforce of an organization, business sector, or economy. "Human capital" is sometimes used synonymously with human resources, although human capital typically refers to a more narrow view (i.e., the knowledge the individuals embody and can contribute to an organization). Likewise, other terms sometimes used include "manpower", "talent", "labour", or simply "people".The professional discipline and business function that oversees an organization's human resources is called human resource management (HRM, or simply HR).
Posts about Human Resources
  • Kelowna Employer Forum: Recruitment and Retention (May 2016)

    … Kent Employment Law (KEL)’s Kelowna office invites you to be a part of its ongoing Employer Forums, our resource for forward-thinking business owners and HR professionals. Created for employers striving to “do good” for their employees, their communities, and the world, our Forums offer an opportunity to connect and learn from each other…

    Wendy Woloshyn/ 12 readers -
  • Employer Forum Recap: Engagement and Retention

    … Following our highly successful Employer Forum in November 2016, Kent Employment Law held its second Forum last month. These quarterly breakfast events are an in-house resource for forward-thinking business owners and HR professionals. Hosted by lawyer Trevor Thomas, February’s Forum focused on employee engagement and retention. We were joined…

    Wendy Woloshyn/ 18 readers -
  • Workplace Discrimination: A Question of Power and Authority

    … Trevor Thomas, Lawyer. As we’ve discussed previously on our blog, employees are protected against workplace discrimination by section 13 of the British Columbia Human Rights Code (the Code), which states: A person must not refuse to employ or refuse to continue to employ a person, or discriminate against a person regarding employment or any…

    Wendy Woloshyn/ 25 readers -
  • Words from Simon: What Employers Need to Know about Family Law

    … employee trust and engagement in the long term. (For more on the topic of the flex hours generally, see our post here.) Be proactive. If your benefits plan includes sessions with an EAP (employee assistance plan) provider or coverage for psychological services, remind your employee of this – and, again, make sure to give him the time and space he…

    Wendy Woloshyn/ 24 readers -
  • Employer Forum Recap: Recruitment and Hiring

    … contract”. A dependent contractor is economically dependent on one employer, works exclusively for one employer, and may be entitled to reasonable notice upon termination of the working relationship. Read Trevor’s blog post on a recent court decision out of Ontario here to learn more. Constructive Dismissal. Constructive dismissal occurs when…

    Wendy Woloshyn/ 28 readers -
  • Flex hours: making it work for your business

    … If the number of articles published on alone is any indication, workplace flexibility is a hot topic for today’s employers. Researchers and pundits alike hail the benefits of flexible work arrangements, which include employee happiness, productivity, and engagement. In certain circumstances, such as where an employee faces health…

    Wendy Woloshyn/ 24 readers -
  • How Employers Can Foster “Sustainable Employment”

    … Last month, Kent Employment Law lawyer, Trevor Thomas, was invited to the offices of SRK Consulting Canada to speak to members of the Engineering Human Resources Association. Trevor’s focus was on how employers can foster “sustainable employment” in the workplace through their employee contracts. Sustainable employment refers to an employment…

    Wendy Woloshyn/ 26 readers -
  • Sustainable Employment™: Make Every New Hire Count

    …, we thought it timely to share some of our own tips for employers on this topic. Read on for our top four… Negotiate the terms of your new hire’s employment with her openly and collaboratively. When you discuss the proposed terms of employment with your employee-to-be, solicit her feedback, and listen to what she has to say…

    Wendy Woloshyn/ 17 readers -
  • Tips for your anti-discrimination policy

    … discrimination. State that you will protect the confidentiality of employees who report discrimination or participate in a discrimination investigation, to the greatest possible extent. Require managers and other employees with human resources responsibilities to respond appropriately to discrimination or to report it to individuals who…

    Lamberton Law Firm, LLC- 9 readers -
  • Workplace Dress Codes: What Employers Should Know

    … Does your organization have a dress code? If so, is it enforceable? For the vast majority of modern workplaces, rules or policies about how employees are expected to dress aren’t necessary. In 2016, it’s generally understood that we should show up for work looking neat, presentable and industry-appropriate. For some employers, however, concerns…

    Wendy Woloshyn/ 25 readers -
  • A word of caution for job applicants with criminal history

    … and says welcome to the team. Often this happens even where the applicant has been candid about her criminal background. The applicant then resigns from her position with her current employer. A short time later, someone from human resources sends the applicant a written offer letter, which may or may not be accompanied by an employment contract…

    Lamberton Law Firm, LLC- 11 readers -
  • Event: Lunch Seminar for Employers with Heather Hettiarachchi

    … and human resources specialist Heather Hettiarachchi will teach managers and business owners about “best practices” for employee dismissal. Topics will include: Your legal and financial obligations on termination How to structure a severance package Protecting yourself with a written employment contract To register, please contact our…

    Wendy Woloshyn/ 33 readers -
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