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upfront REMOVE THE “CANADIAN EXPERIENCE” REQUIREMENT, SAYS OHRC The Ontario Human Rights Commission’s (OHRC) released its new policy on removing the “Canadian experience” barrier in mid-July. The OHRC had found that many newcomers turn to unpaid work such as volunteering, internships or low-skilled “survival jobs” to meet the requirement for Canadian experience. They also face obstacles when trying to get professional accreditation since some regulatory bodies will not admit new members without prior work experience in Canada. As a result, they end up in jobs that do not correspond to their education, skills and experience. “Ontario attracts highly-skilled immigrants from all over the world,” comments Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall, “but if they have to meet a requirement for Canadian experience, they are in a very difficult position—they can’t get a job without Canadian experience and they can’t get experience without a job. In most cases, that is discrimination under Ontario’s Human Rights Code.” The new policy sets out the OHRC’s position that a strict requirement for “Canadian experience” is discriminatory, and can only be used in rare circumstances. Employers and regulatory bodies need to ask about all of a job applicant’s previous work—where they got their experience does not matter. The policy also tells employers and regulatory bodies how to develop practices, policies and programs that do not result in discrimination. Last fall, the OHRC consulted newcomers to Canada in the last 10 years about their experiences looking for jobs in Ontario since their arrival, and employers or human resources representatives, who use ”Canadian experience” as a job requirement. The OHRC also spoke with a number of organizations and individuals, including agencies serving newcomers, employers, government and regulatory bodies. JOB INSECURITY AND BALANCING WORK/LIFE KEY COMPONENTS OF WORKPLACE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES Job insecurity, abusive supervision, excessive demands, the encroachment of work on family life and domestic relationship problems top the list of factors that contribute to the development of mental health issues among workers. These findings are the results of the largest research study ever conducted on the subject in Canada. The study was undertaken by researchers at the Université 14 S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 3 H R PROF E S SION A L de Montréal, Concordia University and Université Laval, with the support of Standard Life. Researchers focused on a series of factors that may lead to the development of psychological distress, depression and burnout at work. More than 2,100 employees at 63 companies were interviewed about their personal and professional lives. The results of this questionnaire were supported by cortisol measurements. Cortisol is a hormone found in saliva and recognized as an indicator of an individual’s stress level. The researchers responsible for the study, professors Alain Marchand and Pierre Durand of the Université de

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of HR Professional - September 2013

Editor’s Letter
Leadership Matters
Legal Words
Embracing Loss: Succession Planning for Sudden Departures
Motivating Gen Y
Looking Ahead 10 Years: Top Challenges Facing HR
Making Connections for Immigrant HR Professionals
Interview with an HR Hero: Rod Jackson, MPP
Off the Shelf
The Last Word

HR Professional - September 2013