Need a source?: Family Day not benefitting 40 per cent of Ontario employees



    New holiday will negatively impact 60 per cent of business

    TORONTO, Jan. 25 /CNW/ - Results from a recent Human Resources
Professionals Association of Ontario (HRPAO) survey reveals that 40 per cent
of Ontario employees will not receive an additional day off for Family Day on
February 18 and that 60 per cent of employers anticipate a moderate to
significant impact to their business due to the new holiday. A provision in
the McGuinty Government's newly added holiday indicates that employers can opt
out of providing Family Day if they offer an alternative that is of equal or
greater benefit, creating an asymmetric response in corporate Ontario.

    
    Results from the HRPAO survey(*) indicates that:
    -   89 per cent of companies offer an alternative that is of equal or
        greater benefit
    -   18 per cent of companies will not provide Family Day
    -   20 per cent of companies will compensate for Family Day by allocating
        a 'floater day'
    -   40 per cent of employers say Family Day will have a negligible impact
        on their business
    -   47 per cent of employers say Family Day will have a moderate impact
        on their business
    -   13 per cent of employers say Family Day will have a significant
        impact on their business

    (*)over three thousand members responded
    

    Claude Balthazard, PhD, Director of HR Excellence, HRPAO, is available
for media interviews and can provide comment on the survey results.

    Claude Balthazard has spent over 20 years in Human Resources in academia,
government, consulting and business. He has helped draft new staffing
regulations for the Federal Public Service, developed assessment centres for
the early identification of managerial talent and developed programs designed
to help business in a wide range of areas including; increasing learning
agility among high-potential managers, conducting organization-wide leadership
talent reviews, and creating certification tests for regulation compliance in
the financial sector.

    The Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario (HRPAO) is
Canada's HR thought leader in people management issues with more than
17,000 members in 28 chapters in Ontario and other locations across Canada and
around the world. HRPAO is internationally recognized for its knowledge,
innovation and leadership.





For further information:

For further information: To arrange an interview with Claude Balthazard,
please contact: Scott Taber - Media Profile, scott@mediaprofile.com, Direct:
(416) 342-1840

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