AB Government Grant – Funding Helps Improve Workplace Safety

The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Innovation and Engagement Grants program will provide $667,000 for 33 projects during 2017. Projects include OHS-related seminars, conferences, developing education materials and providing training programs

ALIGN Executive Director Update Re: Alberta Budget 2017

March 19, 2017

Dear members:

Last week the government announced Budget 2017.  We have been capturing the relevant information for you and placing it on our website.  There will be more analysis this week but we thought we would share what we have learned to date.

This budget for Children’s Services and Community and Support Services basically is a maintain status quo budget for both ministries. Any increases that are mentioned are to meet current needs.  No increases or forecasted increases.

In Children’s Services most increases went to growth caseload areas; financial and support agreements and advancing futures bursary funds.  The 60 FTE’s announced are to be put into the system in these growth areas.  Exactly where is still to be determined.

Senior staff are optimistic that funds will come with future recommendations made by the Child Intervention Review Panel.

We have had conversations about procurement, contracts, and moving forward with the Minister and senior executives.  With the splitting of the ministries it has been a bit confusing about who will address the procurement table recommendations.  We have made it very clear that this activity needs to receive focus and cant wait for panels.  We are assured that discussions are underway to figure out a way forward for services in child intervention.

We also  feel it is very important that the Panel get an accurate picture of the entire system and recommendations for improvement. Please review the minutes and live casts. The meetings are open to the public.  I would encourage you to attend or at least listen to it.  If you feel an area needs to be highlighted please send in a submission.   www.childinterventionpanel.ca

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email or call rhondabarracloug@alignab.ca 780 485-3580

Rhonda Barraclough ALIGN Executive Director March 19, 2017

The Canadian Society of Association Executives Annual Benefits & Compensation Survey

The Canadian Society of Association Executives is pleased to be conducting its annual Benefits & Compensation Survey.

Each year, countless association professionals rely on this report’s data for the most current, reliable and detailed insight on salaries, incentives and demographics within Canada’s evolving not-for-profit community. The report is used by numerous associations across the country to determine compensation levels for all members of their staff.

Your participation in this survey is critical in ensuring that the report’s information is as accurate and complete as possible. The responses you provide remain completely confidential. Only aggregated information will be made available.

In gratitude for your time and participation in their survey, CSAE will send you a complimentary copy of the report’s Executive Summary which presents an overview of the survey’s key findings. In addition, this report’s 36th edition will be made available to all participants at a $100 discount off of the standard CSAE member price of $299.

The survey is being administered by The Portage Group Inc., an independent research firm. Should you have any specific questions regarding the survey or report, please contact Stewart Laszlo at stewart@csae.com. Should you experience any technical issues while completing the survey, please contact Geoff Thacker at The Portage Group at csaesurveys@portagegroup.com.

Please note that this survey closes on Friday, March 31, 2017

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Public Input Sought on Alberta’s Workplace Laws

Public Input Sought on Alberta’s Workplace Laws March 13, 2017
Albertans are invited to participate in a review of the province’s labour legislation to ensure fair and family-friendly workplaces that support a strong economy.The review focuses on the Employment Standards Code and the Labour Relations Code, neither of which has undergone significant updates since 1988.These laws cover topics such as hours of work, overtime, general holidays, special leaves and collective bargaining rules. Some of Alberta’s workplace rules are currently out-of-step with the rest of Canada and these areas need to be reviewed…

The public is invited to provide their views and input on Alberta’s workplace laws until April 18, 2017. Albertans can find more information about how to get involved by visiting work.alberta.ca/leg-review.

Healthy Workplaces Conference October 2017

Healthy Workplaces Conference 2017

Mark your calendars! The Healthy Workplaces Conference 2017 will occur on October 13, 2017 at the Lister Centre, University of Alberta. This province-wide conference will showcase the final results and provide tools for developing and implementing sustainable workplace wellness programs for non-profit human service agencies. Participation is open to all human services agencies in Alberta

As leaders and employees in the nonprofit human-services sector of Alberta, you are invited to participate in a province-wide educational and resource/networking conference marking the completion of the Healthy Workplaces for Helping Professions project that ALIGN has been participating on (See below).  Join us for an exciting day of project results, policy framework descriptions, workshop opportunities, and professional networking.

Topics:  Employee engagement and wellness

Keynote:  Dr. Graham Lowe, “Redesigning Work to Support a Vibrant Workforce — Lessons for Human Services.”

Date:  Friday, October 13, 2017

Location:  Lister Centre, University of Alberta, 11613 87 Avenue NW, Edmonton AB

Time:  8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Cost:  $95 (Early bird before June 30), $125 Regular fee (All prices include the registration fee, coffee breaks and lunch.)

Conference Brochure

Conference Registration Web Page

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The Healthy Workplaces for Helping Professions Project

Share Your HR Strategy Story

Share your story on innovative HR strategies being used successfully by nonprofit organizations across Canada for a chance to win up to $500 in team-based professional development for your nonprofit organization. They’ll also be turning the best stories into a range of video, audio and social media content, giving you and your organization national exposure.

Newly Released 2017 Canadian Nonprofit Sector Salary & Benefits Report

Charity Village – Newly released 2017 Canadian Nonprofit Sector Salary & Benefits Report reveals current compensation trends
Compensation at nonprofits across the country continues to rise slowly for some nonprofit professionals, according to the new 2017 Canadian Nonprofit Sector Salary & Benefits Report. To better understand nonprofit compensation, we surveyed more than 1,000 participants who represented more than 14,000 individual employees from nonprofits across Canada. The results are gathered in our 2017 salary and benefits report, now available for online purchase.

New Parents and Child Care Survey

The Childcare Resource and Research Unit is conducting a survey of parents and parents-to-be across Canada who are (or whose partner is) expecting a baby or on paid or unpaid maternity/parental leave.
We are surveying Canadian parents and parents-to-be (now expecting a baby or are on paid or unpaid maternity/parental leave) about child care arrangements. We expect this research will lead to better understanding about how parents arrange child care. The results of the survey will be publicly available later in 2017 on their website at www.childcarecanada.org.

They would very much appreciate help from both individuals and organizations in circulating the survey, either by passing it on yourself to appropriate individuals or groups, through social media, by putting a link to it on your website or in a newsletter, or through other means.

This survey should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. Any information provided will be completely anonymous. It will be used only as group (aggregate) information and only for this project.

Please click here to connect to access the questionnaire, which is available in English and French.

This survey is being conducted by the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) in collaboration with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW).

Non-for-profit Salaries

The Boland Survey is more than a report! CCVO also provides:
Custom Cuts: Annual and hourly salary tables for one or more positions, with a sample based on a specific list of organizations (region, subsector, organization size, or as generated by you). Custom cuts start at $150 and can be purchased by anyone.
Custom Analysis: Require more detailed work on salary or benefits? We can connect you with compensation expertise to customize the survey data to meet your needs.
All custom cuts and analysis are subject to our data confidentiality policies. Contact Tracey at info@bolandsurvey.com with your inquiry today.

Workforce Alliance: Cross Association Workforce Survey

Update October 2016
ALIGN was previously requested by the Workforce Alliance to complete a cross association workforce survey but it is unclear at this time if this will proceed as it seems to be less of a government priority following reorganization of the Ministry.

Health, Wellness and Safety in the Child and Family Services Sector

Health and Wellness Update

Healthy Workplaces Intervention Framework: We are beginning to see a framework that we can make available to non-profit human-services sector agencies in 2017.

Now Open for Registration – The Healthy Workplaces for Helping Professions

Healthy Workplaces Conference 2017

Mark your calendars! The Healthy Workplaces Conference 2017 will occur on October 13, 2017 at the Lister Centre, University of Alberta. This province-wide conference will showcase the final results and provide tools for developing and implementing sustainable workplace wellness programs for non-profit human service agencies. Participation is open to all human services agencies in Alberta

As leaders and employees in the nonprofit human-services sector of Alberta, you are invited to participate in a province-wide educational and resource/networking conference marking the completion of the Healthy Workplaces for Helping Professions project that ALIGN has been participating on (See below).  Join us for an exciting day of project results, policy framework descriptions, workshop opportunities, and professional networking.

Topics:  Employee engagement and wellness

Keynote:  Dr. Graham Lowe, “Redesigning Work to Support a Vibrant Workforce — Lessons for Human Services.”

Date:  Friday, October 13, 2017

Cost:  $95 (Early bird before June 30), $125 Regular fee (All prices include the registration fee, coffee breaks and lunch.)

Conference Brochure

Conference Registration Web Page

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Welcome to the Be a Wellness Leader Workshop.
The following items have been developed by the Healthy Workplaces Project Team members and tested at conferences and in the Winter 2016 BWL Workshop Series. They are presented here for the use by non‐profit human‐service agencies in Alberta. There is no charge for their use and they are presented “as is.” The workshop is intended to be a half‐day or 2‐3 hour format and presenters can adjust the time to the situation. There is no cost for the materials.

Workplace Health and Wellness-The Next Step in Workplace Productivity
Presented at ALIGN Chapter Meeting, Norwood Centre, November 5, 2016

Learning From Employees The Healthy Workplaces Research Summary Report By Thomas Barker, Project Lead Hoa Tran, Research Coordinator July, 2016 (ALIGN Partnership)

 

Statistics Canada Study – Employer Support of Volunteering 2016

Statistics Canada Study Employer Support of Volunteering 2016
Employer support plays a key role in the volunteering habits of many working Canadians. A new study, based on the 2013 General Social Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating, found a positive correlation between employers who offered a workplace conducive to volunteering and employees’ volunteering rates. While the link between employer support and volunteering hours had been established previously, this study adds insight by going beyond just those who volunteer. By doing so, it provides a broader picture of the entire working community, including non-volunteers.

New Report on Employee Absences 2016

The report, Addressing Employee Absences, quantified and analyzed work absence data from Statistics Canada, along with looking at the absence management programs and policies of 370 organizations. Average absence rate 8.9 days in 2015: Report Unionized employees average 13.1 days…

Alberta Government – New Resources For Lay Offs 2016

Alberta Learning Information Services

Thinking About Layoffs? What you need to know before letting people go This book is for employers, managers, supervisors and business owners who are considering layoffs.

Creating a New Future: The Job-Loss Workbook This book provides help to employees who have been laid off and are looking for support, advice, and tips to help get back on their feet.

Employment Termination Checklist

Wage Freezes for Alberta Agencies, Boards and Commissions 2016

Wage Freezes for Alberta Agencies, Boards and Commissions The freeze will be in effect for two years, beginning April 1, 2016. The freeze applies to all agencies, boards and commissions listed under Alberta’s Public Agencies Governance Act. List of agencies, boards and commissions impacted