Understanding Human Resource Responsibilities

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University of the Fraser Valley. (27 September 2012). UFV graphic and digital design program. Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/ufv/8042515604. CC-BY-2.0, via Flickr

The BC government website for Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training helps employers understand the BC Labour Standards laws. Basic issues including Hours of Work and Overtime, Statutory Holidays, Termination of Employment and Vacations are addressed. Several videos available on the site, explain the above concepts, as well as Dispute Resolution, Mediation and Adjudication.

Take time now to view the Employment Standards Branch-videos, particularly the Hours of Work and Overtime video. You may be surprised at what you learn.

While the videos provide an overview they do not supply legal advice; reviewing the relevant laws for these topics is likely required should a dispute arise.

Industry Canada supports Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Industry Canada promotes Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) principles and practices to Canadian businesses because it makes companies more innovative, productive, and competitive. CSR helps make Canadian business more competitive by:

  1. Supporting operational efficiency gains
  2. Improved risk management
  3. Favourable relations with the investment community and improved access to capital
  4. Enhanced employee relations
  5. Stronger relationships with communities and an enhanced license to operate
  6. Improved reputation and branding.

(Industry Canada, 2011)


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In the past, CSR concepts applied only to major corporations. Today these principles can be adopted by small business to improve their bottom line. Take “Enhanced Employee Relations” for example; it is easy to see the link between an engaged work force and satisfied customers. In a similar manner, the link between an engaged work force and innovation is clear. Small business owners can look on Corporate Social Responsibility as a tool to improve results.

Most employees want their business to succeed. This leads to improved job security, possibly higher wages and potential promotions. The recruitment, management and development of employees are key areas that an owner needs to consider. The culture of the business is the key to success. Nurturing a progressive culture should result in smoother employee recruitment, engagement and retention.