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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.

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Managing Unionized Environments
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Managing Unionized Environments
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Strategic Grievance Handling
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Performance Management
Mar 26-27, 2019 - Victoria
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
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Negotiation Skills
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Change Management
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Coaching Skills
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Building Trust in the Workplace
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Organization Development Foundations
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Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
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HR Metrics and Analytics
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Designing Collaborative Workplaces
May 14-16, 2019 - Kingston
Labour Arbitration Skills
May 26-30, 2019 - Kingston
Labour Relations Foundations
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Workplace Restoration
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Negotiation Skills
Jul 22-26, 2019 - 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
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
Workplace Restoration
Nov 20-22, 2018 - Kingston
Coaching Skills
Nov 21-22, 2018 - Toronto
Organizational Design
Nov 27-29, 2018 - Ottawa
Managing Unionized Environments
Nov 27-29, 2018 - Toronto
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
Workplace Restoration
Mar 19-21, 2019 - Toronto
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

Anthony N. Bota
Publication date: January, 1989

Employment related drug testing has become a contentious issue in Canada. While some employers have implemented some form of drug testing and many more are still considering it, the extent of its legality has yet to be determined by the human rights commissions, arbitrators and the courts. This essay examines the legal implications of employment related drug testing in Canada by analyzing relevant human rights legislation, arbitral jurisprudence, and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In carrying out this analysis some reference is made to the legal developments in the United States. more

Mary L. Halton
Publication date: January, 1989

The increased incidence of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is beginning to have a significant impact in the workplace. Some unique employment issues are being raised because of two dimensions of the problem: first, the disease is fatal and to date there is no known cure; and second, as a result of the lack of knowledge about AIDS, a great deal of fear of transmission of the disease persists among other members of the workforce. more

Rhonda Hamel-Smith
Publication date: January, 1989

This paper looks at the implementation of smoking restrictions in Canadian workplaces in an attempt to discover the impetus for these new policies and laws, as well as some of their social and legal implications. Workplace smoking restrictions have come about because of new medical evidence claiming a real hazard to non-smokers from environmental tobacco smoke. Although this evidence is inconclusive with respect to healthy non-smokers, there is still enough suggestion of a long-term risk to warrant preventive action. more

Don Taylor, Bradley Dow
Publication date: July, 1988

This paper was written from the perspective of Don Taylor, who was able to work in every part of Canada with union people - both leaders and members - many of whom had been involved in the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) from its beginnings in this country. He felt that there were too few written memoirs of the experiences of those whose deeds didn't conform to accepted heroic traditions or dramatic conventions, but who enjoyed the great priviledge of working for a good cause in pursuit of noble principles. more

Charles M. Beach
Publication date: May, 1988

In the late 1980s, a considerable body of literature was emerging about the so-called "vanishing" middle class. Studies by Bluestone, Harrison and others raised the issues of deindustrialization and a growing low-wage economy.  In this paper from 1988, the author reviews the issues and evidence, and explores nine possible explanations: the baby-boom effect, changes in family composition, more working women, labour's falling income, traditional business cycle effects, a trade-based industrial shift, deindustrialization, industrial relocation and increased part-time work. more

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