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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

Professional Training Across CanadaWestCentralEast

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
Managing Unionized Environments
Mar 6-8, 2018 - Toronto
Labour Relations Foundations
Mar 18-23, 2018 - Kingston
Coaching Skills
Mar 26-27, 2018 - Ottawa
Negotiation Skills
Apr 8-13, 2018 - Kingston
Organizational Design
Apr 10-12, 2018 - Toronto
Strategic Grievance Handling
Apr 17-20, 2018 - Toronto
Designing Change
Apr 17-19, 2018 - Toronto
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Apr 24-27, 2018 - Calgary
Advanced HR
Apr 24-26, 2018 - Ottawa
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
Designing Collaborative Workplaces
Sep 18-20, 2018 - Ottawa
Labour Relations Foundations
Sep 23-28, 2018 - Kingston
Coaching Skills
Sep 26-27, 2018 - Edmonton
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Oct 2-4, 2018 - Vancouver
Managing Unionized Environments
Oct 2-4, 2018 - Saskatoon
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
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
Advanced HR
Nov 14-16,2018 - Toronto
Coaching Skills
Nov 14-15, 2018 - Toronto
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Nov 20-22, 2018 - Halifax
Managing Unionized Environments
Nov 27-29, 2018 - Toronto
Organizational Design
Nov 27-29, 2018 - Ottawa
Negotiation Skills
Dec 3-7, 2018 - Victoria
Talent Management
Dec 4-5, 2018 - Toronto
Organizational Design
Feb 12-14, 2019 - Calgary
Managing Unionized Environments
Feb 12-14, 2019 - Ottawa
Designing Change
Feb 26-28, 2019 - Toronto
Labour Relations Foundations
Mar 3-8, 2019 - Kingston
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Mar 5-7, 2019 - Ottawa
Advanced HR
Mar 19-21, 2019 - Toronto
Performance Management
Mar 26-27, 2019 - Victoria
Strategic Grievance Handling
Mar 26-29, 2019 - Toronto
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Apr 2-5, 2019 - Toronto
Negotiation Skills
Apr 7-12, 2019 - Kingston
Change Management
Apr 9-11, 2019 - Toronto
Coaching Skills
Apr 16-17, 2019 - Calgary
Building Trust in the Workplace
Apr 26, 2019 - Toronto
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
Apr 30-May 2, 2019 - Kingston
Organization Development Foundations
Apr 30-May 3, 2019 - Toronto
HR Metrics and Analytics
May 7-9, 2019 - Toronto
Designing Collaborative Workplaces
May 14-16, 2019 - Kingston
Labour Arbitration Skills
May 26-30, 2019 - Kingston
Labour Relations Foundations
Jun 3-7, 2019 - Halifax
Negotiation Skills
Jul 22-26, 2019 - Halifax
Performance Management
Feb 13-14, 2018 - Ottawa
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Feb 27-Mar 1, 2018 - Toronto
Managing Unionized Environments
Mar 6-8, 2018 - Toronto
Labour Relations Foundations
Mar 18-23, 2018 - Kingston
Coaching Skills
Mar 26-27, 2018 - Ottawa
Negotiation Skills
Apr 8-13, 2018 - Kingston
Organizational Design
Apr 10-12, 2018 - Toronto
Strategic Grievance Handling
Apr 17-20, 2018 - Toronto
Designing Change
Apr 17-19, 2018 - Toronto
Advanced HR
Apr 24-26, 2018 - Ottawa
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
Labour Arbitration Skills
June 3-7, 2018 - Kingston
Organization Development Foundations
June 5-8, 2018 - Toronto
Talent Management
Jun 12-13, 2018 - Toronto
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Jul 17-20, 2018 - Kingston
Designing Collaborative Workplaces
Sep 18-20, 2018 - Ottawa
Labour Relations Foundations
Sep 23-28, 2018 - Kingston
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
Building Trust in the Workplace
Nov 1, 2018 - Toronto
Organization Development Foundations
Nov 6-9, 2018 - Toronto
Advanced HR
Nov 14-16,2018 - Toronto
Coaching Skills
Nov 14-15, 2018 - Toronto
Managing Unionized Environments
Nov 27-29, 2018 - Toronto
Organizational Design
Nov 27-29, 2018 - Ottawa
Talent Management
Dec 4-5, 2018 - Toronto
Managing Unionized Environments
Feb 12-14, 2019 - Ottawa
Designing Change
Feb 26-28, 2019 - Toronto
Labour Relations Foundations
Mar 3-8, 2019 - Kingston
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Mar 5-7, 2019 - Ottawa
Advanced HR
Mar 19-21, 2019 - Toronto
Strategic Grievance Handling
Mar 26-29, 2019 - Toronto
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Apr 2-5, 2019 - Toronto
Negotiation Skills
Apr 7-12, 2019 - Kingston
Change Management
Apr 9-11, 2019 - Toronto
Building Trust in the Workplace
Apr 26, 2019 - Toronto
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
Apr 30-May 2, 2019 - Kingston
Organization Development Foundations
Apr 30-May 3, 2019 - Toronto
HR Metrics and Analytics
May 7-9, 2019 - Toronto
Designing Collaborative Workplaces
May 14-16, 2019 - Kingston
Labour Arbitration Skills
May 26-30, 2019 - Kingston

Latest Articles

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

Latest Articles

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

Geoffrey England
Publication date: April, 1987

Most academic labour lawyers in Canada are used to focussing their attention on the "traditional" employment relationship in which workers are more or less permanently employed by a single employer and regularly work forty or so hours per week. This paper focusses attention on the "Baker Street irregulars" of the labour market, to use a Sherlockian analogy. more

Marilee Marcotte
Publication date: March, 1987

Research on the male-female wage differential in Canada has produced evidence of a substantial link between occupational segregation and low female earnings. Because most Canadian labour jurisdictions have enacted equal pay for equal work legislation, this component of the wage gap is unaffected. Consequently, programs which attempt to desegregate occupations and/or resolve pay inequities arising from occupational segregation are being debated. more

Kathryn MacLeod
Publication date: March, 1987

This paper pursues the questionable effects of seniority systems by examining; the remedial powers at the disposal of each legal forum available to an employee to pursue a discrimination claim, the relevant Canadian jurisprudence on discrimination, and the American experience with discrimination claims based on seniority. This paper concludes with a proposal detailing an outline of an affirmative action plan tailored to fit the Canadian situation as it is exposed by the previous sections of the paper. more

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