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PHR / SPHR Professional in Human Resources Certification Kit
by Sandra M Reed and James J. Galluzzo III

Must-have preparation for those looking to take the PHR or SPHR certification exams in order to strengthen their resume.

PHR Study Guide 2019-20

PHR Study Guide 2019-2020: PHR Certification Preparation and Practice Test Prep Questions for the Professional in Human Resources Exam

Essential HR

The Essential HR Handbook, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Quick and Handy Resource for Any Manager or HR Professional
  This fully updated 10th anniversary edition is packed with information, tools, checklists, sample forms, and timely tips to guide you through the maze of personnel issues in today's complex business environment.

Canadian HR

Articles and News Releases

Canadian Unemployment Rate At 13.0%
May 8 2020 - Statistics Canada reported that after a fall of 1,011,000 in March employment fell by a further 2 million in April. The unemployment rate rose by 5.2 points to 13.0%

Home and remote working opportunities
January 24 2020 - Fewer than half (43%) of Canadian professionals said that their company provides the option to work off-site, according to new surveys.

Prepare for work: tackling the job interview
Updated November 19 2019 - How should you prepare for the questions and what should you wear. Here are some useful hints.

References Can Be Decisive
November 18 2019 - Despite the emphasis placed on strong resumes and interview performance, the results of a reference check can be decisive in determining the outcome of a job application.

Are Job Descriptions Obsolete?
October 14 2019 - Are job descriptions obsolete? Like many things in the talent management field, it's a matter of perspective.

Measuring Physician Wellness
October 6 2019 - There is growing concern over burned-out, stressed-out workforces with research last year indicating that almost a third of Canadian physicians reported high levels of burnout.

Canadians Take HR Team for Granted
September 1 2019 - The HR Appreciation Study conducted by Leger for ADP Canada last year found a lack of understanding and appreciation for HR teams in many Canadian organizations.

62% of business owners feel depressed at least once a week
June 19 2019 - A study by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), with the support of BDC, looked at the health of 500 entrepreneurs

Nova Scotia Minimum Wage
March 20 2019 - On April 1, Nova Scotia's minimum wage will rise by 55 cents, to $11.55 an hour in line with the Minimum Wage Review Committee's recommendations.

Women Workers Still Feel They Are Paid Less
March 20 2019 - The perception of pay equity also differs markedly between men and women.

Performance Reviews Still Valuable
January 15, 2019 - A recent survey of human resource managers found that performance reviews are still considered a valuable element in staff assessment but 57 per cent of Canadian companies have reviewed their performance appraisals in the last 2 years.

Ongoing Competition for Talent
April 18 2018 - Canadian employers are doing more in a competitive job market to recruit and retain recent post-secondary graduates according to a survey of 95 leading Canadian companies.

New Brunswick Minimum Wage
April 1 2018 - New Brunswick's minimum wage increased to $11.25 per hour from $11 per hour on April 1 2018.

PEI Minimum Wage
April 1 2018 - The Prince Edward Island minimum wage increased by 30 cents to $11.55 per hour on April 1, 2018.

Ontario Minimum Wage
January 1 2018 - Ontario's general minimum wage increased from $11.60 per hour to $14 per hour on January 1, 2018

Are We Working Too Hard?
August 28 2017 - We all seem to be working longer hours but does that mean we are working hard?

Alberta Minimum Wage
July 1 2017 - A year ago Alberta's provincial government decided to move towards a minimum wage of $15 per hour by 2018.

Workplace Happiness
February 10 2017 - While everyone wants to be happy at work there are differences depending on factors such as age, gender, and job area.

Smart Retention Strategies Depend on Loyalty
October 24 2016 - Retaining key members of staff is a constant concern for every organization but even the best retention strategies depend on the loyalty of employees.

Saskatchewan Minimum Wage
October 1 2016 - Saskatchewan's minimum wage increased to $10.72 per hour on October 1, 2016 - the eighth increase since 2007.

Saskatchewan Creates More Childcare Spaces
June 5 2016 - The number of licensed childcare spaces in Saskatchewan has passed 14,600 - an increase of almost 5,800 since 2008.

Top Tips for Bringing Creativity into the Workplace
June 3 2016 - For those in the HR world, I believe that creativity is no longer simply a nice-to-have in the workplace. It's a necessity.

Company Culture: Giving Your Employees The Tools To Succeed
June 19 2014 - Helping employees set and reach goals is a critical part of every manager's job

Competencies: Developing a Culture of Employee Accountability
June 19 2014 - Now with the increased talk of a skills gap, the focus on training couldn't happen soon enough.

Ontario Family Caregivers Bill
April 30 2014 - Bill 21, the Employment Standards Amendments Act (Leaves to Help Families), 2014, passed its third reading in the Ontario legislature with all party support.

OHS and the HR profession
September 10 2013 - The OHS field is vast and to effectively manage the risk within organizations, you need the expertise on board to do it! In this article we will be reviewing the OHS program administration requirements.

Is it HR's job to manage OH&S?
August 8 2013 - The simple fact is that, in many organizations, Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) has become a Human Resources (HR) responsibility. In an era where corporate social responsibility has grown to come to include health and safety, how can HR fulfill its role in building an effective OH&S system?

Work Pressure and Job Control
March 1 2013 - Having control over one's work schedule and job autonomy are associated with lower levels of job pressure. However, having more control of one's work can also have negative consequences.

Helping women succeed in business
January 15 2013 - Ontario has introduced a new initiative for women entrepreneurs on low incomes.

Manitoba Minimum Wage
December 3 2012 - Manitoba intends to eliminate an exemption allowing employees with disabilities to be paid less than the minimum wage.

Your office or mine: love in the workplace
August 1 2012 - Canada seems to be the place to study workplace romance.

Healthy Workplaces
July 3 2012 - Six key elements of extraordinary organizations around the world were identified recently by the The Health Work & Wellness Group.

Saskatchewan immigration program changes
May 3 2012 - The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) has been changed to reflect current needs in the province's job market.

Management Training Programs - In-House or External?
February 10 2012 - Do organizations task an outside company with the training of their charges, or do they do it themselves?

Top 5 Best Practices for Successful Workforce Analytics
February 10 2012 - Workforce analytics has become the hottest topic in the HR technology arena.

How do you find that dream job?
January 11 2012 - Some Do's and Don'ts for job hunting

Integrating and Engaging New Recruits is a Key Element of Employee Retention
July 18 2011 - A Canadian study published in the Journal of Managerial Psychology shows the value of structured approaches to orientation (induction) training and mentoring.

Hoarding Knowledge
May 16 2011 - Knowledge transfer may not be happening as often as organizations would like because staff don't always want to share.

Linking Pay and Performance
November 19 2010 - Most organizations do not measure the effectiveness of their short-term incentive plans.

Blurring the Boundaries of Work and Home
October 5 2010 - Employees with flexible schedules tend to experience greater blurring of boundaries between work and other parts of their lives, especially family-related roles.

Job Hunting Advice
August 20 2010 - Today's competitive market requires considerably more effort than in recent years

Interview Mistakes
August 20 2010 - A survey conducted among 228 Canadian hiring managers identified body language mistakes in interviews that are likely to reduce chances of recruitment.

Correcting Myths About Temporary Work
August 20 2010 - A report from Canadian staffing firm Accountemps corrects common misconceptions about temporary work and its role in the current job market.

What is necessary for business success?
August 19 2010 - Canada's fastest growing companies reveal their HR practices

Employees Value Company Stability
August 18 2010 - Employees of all ages are placing greater emphasis on company stability when making career decisions but four out of ten surveyed said they are more likely to consider moving to new organizations as a result of the recession.

Trust and Honesty
August 17 2010 - Trusting others may be indicative of good judgement of honest behaviour rather than gullibility according to University of Toronto research.

August 16 2010 - The experience of being stereotyped has a lasting negative impact according to research from the University of Toronto.

Job Seekers With Non-Anglo Names Face Discrimination
August 5 2010 - Recent University of British Columbia research has found that job seekers with typical Anglophone names are more likely to be invited for interview than applicants with Chinese, Indian or Pakistani names.

Stress and Creative Work
July 15 2010 - Stress associated with creative work has a particular impact on the interface with family life.

Employees Don't Want Promotion Because Of Longer Hours
July 15 2010 - Most Quebec employees do not envy their bosses and over half would not trade places if given the opportunity.

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