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Looking back at 2014

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As we mark the final hours of 2014, we think back upon the year and wonder what headlines were of most interest to HR professionals.

For HR practitioners, the decision in Ontario by the Human Resource Professionals Association (HRPA) to withdraw from the Canadian Council of Human Resource Association (CCHRA) was a big story.  It can’t be said that this came as much of a surprise, as the HRPA gave ample notice as to their intentions well before the headlines broke.  The biggest item on the HRPA’s agenda was revamping the CHRP designation, which has remained almost unchanged since its introduction in 1990.  They rolled out a new framework in the fall, creating three designations where once there was only one.

The impact of the HRPA’s change will continue to be felt in 2015.   With the largest membership group exiting the CCHRA, the rest of the country has had to take notice.  The Human Resource Association of Manitoba (HRMAM) is currently going through the process of consulting with its membership about the future of the CHRP designation in Manitoba.  We expect decisions to be made this spring.

Outside of the profession, harassment in the workplace certainly jumped into the headlines in the last part of the year.  If you didn’t know the name Jian Ghomeshi before his infamous Facebook post at the end of October, you probably know more about him now than you would like.  We’ve certainly been getting more questions on the topic of what constitutes harassment and where an employer’s obligations begin and end.  We’ve had so many questions that we have invited representatives from The Manitoba Human Rights Commission and Manitoba Workplace Safety & Health to speak on the subject at a breakfast on January 28.

The folks over at Canadian HR report have given us a sneak peak at what some of their most read articles were this year.  It is no surprise that our headlines mirror theirs.  What is surprising is that none-of-the-above are the top viewed story for the year.

The most-viewed story of 2014

“With only a couple of days left in 2014, it’s safe to crown the most-read story of 2014. As promised, I’m betting you wouldn’t have guessed it correctly: That honour falls to a small brief, headlined “Affluent Canadians need average of $2.3 million to retire: Report.” Todd Humber, Canadian HR Reporter

If you are wondering about what thoughts your colleagues turn to on those particularly tough days, we may have found the answer.

We look forward to seeing what headlines catch our attention in 2015.  Happy New Year!