Sure enough there are cautions and cautionary tales for unknowing young charges who post their tales and conquests or their adventures on
Facebook or Twitter, they had on their latest trips to Playa del Carmen or Cancun. Employers it seems first check an applicants facebook account even before references. So much for the three pile method , criminal checks and the like. Or if you make that fun trip to the Yucutan post in the Spanish language with no photos.Just don’t be a shmoe in the Cancun hotel district.. Never mind what was on your laptop hard drive, as it went through customs. In 2014 these are all considered both vital and relevant documents and documentation notwithstanding.
There are written rules and those
not recorded nor written down in the office manual.
Hopefully your new potential boss will not be smart enough to know of and use Google translate , Babylon or WorldLingo.. Remember always its both your work and career on the line.
Yet he might ( or she) be a budding
dulingo user on their iPhone , tablet or Android device.
You can read the report of how a
Laredo Texas law enforcement officer lost his job over a simple posting on Facebook.
Article at this link following:
more than meets the eye when dealing with Human Resource concerns and employee privacy rules and legislation in Alberta in 2014. Its all about personal and confidential privacy being maintained as well as Federal and Alberta provincial standards and laws being enforced. Government privacy laws it seems are the law and must be enforced. Its not as if this is the US with presidential decrees as fit the whim of the moment.
Not only should
employees or those being interviewed be concerned about last weekends parties or vacations in Mexico with tons of Tequila and “ working girls” being listed on their Facebook accounts online – but also emails left on returned computer hardware. Add in private and confidential health records and you are off to the Ford stock car races..
It all comes down to seeking and maintaining personal privacy.
efficiency and effectiveness on the job ?
Be happy as well as productive. Yet data or information is “power” over others
Take for example the Human Resources ruling listed as “
Alberta employer slapped for reviewing former employee’s web-based email“.
A worker may assume that the laptop / tablet will be wiped out or that since its a
gmail or hotmail account , not a corporate email , its private and off-limits. Remember all in all its your information and data - no one else s.
Not so. So beware. And on top of that with
commercial data recovery tools as well as open source data recovery software deleted documents / data / emails etc etc can be easily recovered and restored to the peril of former employees and their privacy concerns.
Especially if the
worker stays in the same industry – compromising information or information detrimental to their new employers may be released and come into play.
More in detail on this exact topic and story can be read at the following link online – complete with legal references.
No doubt about it – it is the
energy sector that fuels the Alberta economy. Yet if you don not have your health so speak you do not have anything at all.
Yet in the
energy sector it is often troubling that situations arise where to the best of management and worker’s attempts “things just happen”. yet people have good well paying jobs onsite and they want their pay and benefits to be ongoing and not interrupted for any reason what so ever. Yet legitimate environmentalism concerns exist and are none withstanding .
For example at the Primrose Nearly two million litres of bitumen emulsion has seeped to the surface at the
Canadian Natural Resources Ltd (CNRL) Primrose site this year and the company still hasn’t found a way to stop it.. And its no small leak – its a gusher at the Primrose Canadian Natural Resources mine site . Attention by environmentalists around the world non-withstanding. Yets its not as if you can just truck away in a bevy of shiny new Ford F-650s the offending materials away to simply and easily dispose of them. Its defiantly not a case of out of site out of mind .
not only one bitumen spill over and leaching and attempts to control the environmental and health degradations but Four separate spills, which were reported on May 20, June 8 and June 24 of 2013, resulted in 1.878 million liters of bitumen emulsion leaking into the environment at the CNRL Primrose site, 45 kilometers northwest of Cold Lake..
Whole areas of both deceased livestock and wildlife in addition to top soil and plants have had to be moved out of the area at both inconvenience , costs as well as lost work , wages and reduced output..
Its no one’s fault - its not as if you are taking your Ford truck to the local Ford dealership service center and you don’t have full joy at the whole event. Things just happens and what can you do ????
Yet what about the future and immediate health effects and concerns .? What about upcoming major lawsuits , problems and future costs and effects ?
You can read a lot more about the whole debacle, issues and events at the following link -
There is little doubt about the advice “
Go west young man – go west” to young people seeking has great merit and validity in 2014 based on 2013 data.
According to the current data in 2013 and as trends go into the new year of
2014 its buyers market for job seekers as positions posted are greater than the amount of free workers on hand.
Many of the available employment listings are upper level , well paying terms – not simply
McJobs at entry level and service sector positions. .
Some may argue now that the
eastern province of Saskatchewan has greater opportunity and in additional sectors such as potash mining for fertilizer use and uranium also in the energy sector.. Yet its the province of Alberta which currently drives the Canadian economy to the greatest extent overall . It can be said – Who cares about the Sask Roughriders ?
gasoline fuels automobiles, potash for the world;s food production – and no matter what its a case of a booming economy or economies which offers opportunities , choices , great prosperity and opportunity & opportunities to be had in both the specific economies as well as support economies to any and all Canadians as well as immigrants looking to improve their lots and positions in life.
You can read more of the booming
Alberta economy which has a distinct shortage of both skilled and unskilled workers at the following link to be read well .
Yet you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make it drink. To be a good thing the beneficiary must follow up on any and all leads. On top of that for a bevy or reasons – some personal and some who find that at the
end of the road at the Waverley Auto Mall – a job is high paying Alberta is not a ticket to overall better financial standings – not all who come to the gates of the area stay put & return back home..
Perhaps its back to the farm to seek a
government job with all its pay and benefits
Yet its wise to
seek all options and cover all bases ..
Local newsletters and in this case
H.R. bulletins often reveal a wrath of local and regional color and specialized knowledge and circumstances. That is what makes the job so enjoyable and why each regional , company and even shop Human Resources dept is its own world , its own niche.
Take this Fall 2013 update :
Canada: Alberta Employment Law Update: Fall 2013 as an example in point.
opic one explored and elaborated in detail :
Jardine Lloyd Thompson Canada Inc v Harke-Hunt, 2013 ABQB 313, (“Jardine”)
2) Another serious matter – Constructive Dismissal and Fixed Term Contracts: When “Not Renewing a Contract” is Really a Termination . One wonders just how much these term contracts and positions pay in Alberta .
Yes one wonders indeed !
Thompson v Cardel Homes Limited Partnership, 2013 ABQB 353, (“Thompson”)
(subtitled tales from the
top floor admin depts)
and lastly 3) The dangers of calf-roping simulators at a Stampede Party
it seems a warning has to be put out by all of all departments – or maybe its a process of elimination by design -the human resources department that calf-roping sims at
Alberta Stampede parties can be a potential hazard . Its true all work and no play makes jack a dull boy – so its a good thing to have company fun times and socialization to retain staff. Yet often at these socialization events more networking is done both within the firm and create useful outside contacts all in all.
One thing to maintain is you
consistently have endless joy.
What about adults taking responsibility for their own actions ? Never mind the
top wages paid in places like the Syncrude project areas up in Northern Alberta in the Athabasca Tar Sands regions.
What about the thoroughness of the whole
employment screening process from h.r.
Should not these people have been screened out from the beginning ?
Or perhaps its management on the wrong side of the rope.
How did they get a drivers license or get truck financing in the first place with such an attitude ? Just one thing to consider though – if you are traveling inter provincially to come get gainful employment in Alberta make sure that your provincial health insurance coverage follows you as well and is in force..
Thompson v Cardel Homes Limited Partnership, 2013 ABQB 353, (“Thompson”)
Yes indeed no doubt .
remember – its all about time and efficiency
Its true that Canadians seem to think that “
health care is free“. Yet its not . And Americans under
“ Obamacare ” are just about to find that out. If you are moving to Alberta for work fill out the paperwork and know the procedures and govt depts.
Yet if yo
u move from one province of Canada to anot her there are procedures to follow - lest your health care be interrupted and you either do now have coverage or have to pay differences or even full amounts out of pocket. At the very least it is recommended that when traveling between different provinces of Canada – say from Manitoba to Alberta to check for work – have supplementary health care insurance coverage. The question are you or will you be covered if say you get in your car or truck and drive from say Selkirk Manitoba to Edmonton or Calgary . This is even if you are getting a job at McDonalds in say Fort McMurray or Grande Cache. And that is even the case for governmental civil service positions - even with all their apparent benefits and unfunded liabilites to the Canadian taxpayers.
Overall health care plans in Canada cover both hospital services and medical services. In some provinces and territories these programs are administered independently. Yet regardless of how each provincial authority administers its health care plan or plans , you will only have to register one time for full coverage. Yet always remember its your responsibility first and foremost to take care of your own health. No federal or provincial civil servant can do this for you. Its not simple maintenance overall but a storied plan.
In all provinces and territories you can phone to have an application for health care insurance simply mailed or e-mailed to you. Yet in many cases you may want to do this in person , even though it takes more time to wait in line and take a number. Yet its done and checked out by the clerks and bureaucrats.
you are trying to improve your life and position. Don’t be short sited in your overall financial and personal responsibilities.
In Alberta – registration forms forms for the
Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (ACHIP) are available at AHCIP offices are from the employer.union or organization that is submitting your health care premium.
Generally said – If you are under 65 of age and are not covered by a “group insurance plan”, you may register for “Alberta Blue Cross Non-Group Coverage” .
Alberta Blue Cross is an optional insurance plan provided by the AHCIP that provides for additional hospital and health care benefits providing for ambulance and partial Rx drug coverages .Billing is on a three month quarterly basis.. To obtain Blue – Cross – Non – Group coverage , it is best to contact Alberta Health for an application form – or visit the website. Yet no matter what – work out , eat the right foods , take good care of yourself – if you have not got your health you don’t have anything no matter what or how much the job pays. If there is not one job you always get another job - that is if you have your health .