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HR News

NEW go2HR Safety Basics Assessment There are several reasons why Health & Safety plays a critical role in any business. For one, it’s the law - regardless of the size of your business, you need to have an occupational health and safety (OHS) program in place. Use this free online tool to receive practical advice on building or improving your health and safety program. Read More
NEW Certificate of Recognition (COR) Internal Auditor VIRTUAL Training We recognize that it isn’t always easy to take time away from your business to attend COR internal auditor training, which is why we are piloting our first ever virtual training session on March 13, 2020.

In this special session, we bring the training to you virtually, via a live webinar, with group interaction, independent case study work and a scheduled one-on-one consultancy session with our facilitator, to help you prepare for your student audit. Learn More and Register
Experience Matters! Wage Subsidy Program for Mature Workers This program offers eligible employers in BC a negotiated Wage Subsidy (up to $2800) as an incentive to hire eligible job seekers aged 55+. Read More
Canada Summer Jobs Program – Available Soon An initiative of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy, the Canada Summer Jobs program provides wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public-sector, and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years.  While applications are not yet being accepted for summer 2020, they will be soon! Check out the website for more information and the current status of the program. Read More
Reminder to Employers - Changes to BC Medical Services Plan (MSP).  If you were previously paying for your employees’ MSP premiums, you will no longer need to do so effective January 1, 2020. However, if you are an employer with BC remuneration greater than $500,000 in a calendar year, you must register for the Employer Health Tax (EHT) and you may be required to make quarterly installment payments. Read More
SuperHost Service For All This online course teaches best practices around diverse customers and the importance of delivering appropriate service. Your employees will learn about specific customer groups, including but not limited to different generations, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ/2S people, and visitors from different ethnic and language backgrounds. Register Today
Majority of Workers Would Take Lower Pay for Better Mental Health Support: Survey More than three quarters (77 per cent) of Canadian employees would consider leaving their current organization for the same pay if their new workplace offered better support for their personal well-being. And 60 per cent would do the same even if it means being paid less, found a survey by Morneau Shepell of 8,000 respondents. Read More
Starbucks Provides Mental Health App to Employees Starbucks is now providing Canadian employees with a free subscription to the meditation app Headspace. The tool offers guided meditations, informative videos, articles and animations on topics such as sleep, focus and anxiety to help users “live a happier, healthier life, more restful life.” Read More

Do you have any health and safety or HR-related stories, news or events to share? New addition to your team? Retirement? Let us know and we will include it in the next issue of the HR Grapevine.

People in the News

Delta Kamloops General Manager, Bryan Pilbeam is now chair of the BC Hotel Association

Emma Whanstall is now the Manager Rebel at Hotel Zed Kelowna

Raquel Meriam has returned to Travel Penticton from her maternity leave

The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) welcomed Heather Robinson as Account Executive & Member Relations

Travis Schneider
is Director of Training and Leadership Development at Prestige Hotels & Resorts

The Cove Lakeside Resort welcomed Sherry Humphries as HR Administrator

O’Rourke’s Peak Cellars announced the additions of Winemaker Nikki Callaway and General Manager Heather Courtney to their team

Tyson Andrykew is now Regional Director with Sandman Hotel Group

Ian Lobb joined Oliver Tourism as Tourism Manager

Amy Nunn, Executive Director of Sales & Marketing at Prestige Hotels & Resorts, is now serving as the Northern BC representative for the Tourism Marketing Committee of Destination BC

Stewart and Heather Glynes, Owners of The Bench Market in Penticton celebrate 15 years, serving the Penticton community with fresh, local coffee and artisan food

SHARE YOUR NEWS! New addition(s) to your team? Workplace anniversaries or other employee celebrations?
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February 5: Okanagan College – Business Expo & Employment Fair, Kelowna
February 6: Royal Roads Career Development Conference, Victoria
February 25: SuperHost Destination Ambassador, Kamloops
March 4: BC Tourism Industry Conference, Victoria
March 5: Thompson Rivers University Job Fair, Kamloops
March 9: North Okanagan-Shuswap Employment and Business Fair, Enderby
March 12: Black Press Education and Career Fair, Kelowna
March 16: Kelowna Job Fair, Kelowna
April 8: Vernon Job Fair, Vernon

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