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Practitioner-Focused Research

Our research includes a variety of activities that complement our programming. Through surveys, interviews, and articles, we aim to communicate trends in the HR and LR fields.

Upcoming Programs

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Labour Relations Foundations
Dec 4-8, 2017 - Victoria
Coaching Skills
Dec 6-7, 2017 - Victoria
Labour Arbitration Skills
Dec 11-14, 2017 - Victoria
HR Metrics and Analytics
Feb 6-8, 2018 - Vancouver
Managing Unionized Environments
Feb 6-8, 2018 - Kelowna
Performance Management
Feb 13-14, 2018 - Ottawa
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Feb 27-Mar 1, 2018 - Toronto
Talent Management
Mar 6-7, 2018 - Regina
Labour Relations Foundations
Mar 18-23, 2018 - Kingston
Strategic Workforce Planning
Mar 20-21, 2018 - Calgary
Building Trust in the Workplace
Mar 22, 2018 - Calgary
Coaching Skills
Mar 26-27, 2018 - Ottawa
Negotiation Skills
Apr 8-13, 2018 - Kingston
Organizational Design
Apr 10-12, 2018 - Toronto
Designing Change
Apr 17-19, 2018 - Victoria
Strategic Grievance Handling
Apr 17-20, 2018 - Toronto
Advanced HR
Apr 24-26, 2018 - Ottawa
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Apr 24-27, 2018 - Regina
Change Management
May 1-3, 2018 - Toronto
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
May 1-3, 2018 - Kingston
HR Metrics and Analytics
May 8-10, 2018 - Toronto
Designing Collaborative Workplaces
May 15-17, 2018 - Edmonton
Managing Unionized Environments
May 15-17, 2018 - Halifax
Labour Relations Foundations
May 28-June 1, 2018 - Victoria
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
May 29-31, 2018 - Calgary
Labour Arbitration Skills
June 3-7, 2018 - Kingston
Organization Development Foundations
June 5-8, 2018 - Toronto
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
Jun 12-14, 2018 - St. John's
Talent Management
Jun 12-13, 2018 - Toronto
Strategic Grievance Handling
Jul 17-20, 2018 - Halifax
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Jul 17-20, 2018 - Kingston
Labour Relations Foundations
Sep 23-28, 2018 - Kingston
Coaching Skills
Sep 26-27, 2018 - Edmonton
Managing Unionized Environments
Oct 2-4, 2018 - Saskatoon
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Oct 2-4, 2018 - Vancouver
Performance Management
Oct 10-11, 2018 - Toronto
Change Management
Oct 16-18, 2018 - Kingston
Negotiation Skills
Oct 21-26, 2018 - Kingston
HR Metrics and Analytics
Oct 23-25, 2018 - Toronto
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
Oct 30- Nov 1, 2018 - Toronto
Strategic Workforce Planning
Oct 30-31, 2018 - Toronto
Building Trust in the Workplace
Nov 1, 2018 - Toronto
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Nov 6-9, 2018 - Victoria
Organization Development Foundations
Nov 6-9, 2018 - Toronto
Coaching Skills
Nov 14-15, 2018 - Toronto
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Nov 20-22, 2018 - Halifax
Organizational Design
Nov 27-29, 2018 - Ottawa
Managing Unionized Environments
Nov 27-29, 2018 - Toronto
Negotiation Skills
Dec 3-7, 2018 - Victoria
Talent Management
Dec 4-5, 2018 - Toronto

Latest Articles

IRC Articles and Papers Human Resources and Labour Relations Research and Resources

Latest Articles

Pradeep Kumar, Associate Director, School of Industrial Relations/Industrial Relations Centre, Queen's University
Publication date: December, 1987

This paper was presented at the 36th Annual Conference of the Association of Labor Relations Agencies, held in Albany, New York, July 26-31, 1987. Labour movements in Canada and the United States have much in common and close historical ties. They are bound together by a common continental heritage, interdependent product and labour markets, and a similar labour relations framework in the two countries. more

Queen's Industrial Relations Centre
Publication date: October, 1987

Industrial Relations at Queen's: The First Fifty Years was published in 1987 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the study of industrial relations at Queen's. more

Robert F. Campling
Publication date: June, 1987

This paper attempts to examine part-time employment from both a legal and economic perspective, looking at the extent of part-time employment, the compensation arrangements for part-time employees with particular emphasis on benefits other than wages, and the apparent inequities in these arrangements. The treatment of part-time workers under existing employment standards and collective bargaining legislation is reviewed and the potential impact of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms is examined. more

Julian Walker
Publication date: June, 1987

The purpose of this paper is to examine in more detail the nature and scope of two-tier wage systems in a Canadian context. The plan of the paper is as follows: first, it will examine the form which two-tier settlements have taken and provide some data on their prevalence. Second, it will examine possible legal implications of two-tier agreements, and in particular, whether a union which agrees to a lower wage rate for new hires risks violating its duty of fair representation. The final section assesses the long-term viability of two-tier wage systems. more

Pradeep Kumar, Associate Director, School of Industrial Relations/Industrial Relations Centre, Queen's University
Publication date: May, 1987

Since 1982, wage inflation in Canada has shown a pronounced deceleration. Wage settlements and rates of increase in various measures of earnings have declined to their lowest level in the past 25 years. Wage cuts, wage freezes, de-indexing, and flexible compensation in the form of two-tier wage systems and lump-sum payments in lieu of wage increases have become a frequent occurrence in collective bargaining. This wage experience is somewhat of a novelty for Canada, and is also unique among OECD countries. more

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