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Canadian fleets face new accessibility rules

July 29, 2019 by John Smith

MONTREAL, Que. — The Accessible Canada Act came into force on July 11 and applies to all federally regulated businesses, which is the case of the vast majority of Canadian fleets that do business outside their province. And the new law stipulates that their facilities now need to be accessible to people with disabilities.

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Meet Geoff Topping — the accidental HR manager

December 4, 2018 by John Smith

CAMBRIDGE, Ont. — Geoff Topping never imagined he would trade in his keys to become a human resources executive. But he did. Now the vice-president of human resources at Challenger Motor Freight is recognized as one of best in the […]

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Kindersley lauded for commitment to diversity

June 1, 2018 by elizabeth

SASKATOON, Sask. – Kindersley Transport says recognition for its employment equity and diversity program is a humbling experience.

The group was one of 18 recognized last Fall with an inaugural Employment Equity Achievement Award (EEAA) from the Government of Canada.

The EEAA is awarded to companies that are subject to the federal Employment Equity Act, who have implemented programs to help create more diverse workplaces.

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Readers share thoughts on mental health

May 10, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Sunny skies have returned, but there are those who struggle in the darkness. With that in mind, our latest Pulse reader survey asked about the state of your mental health.

About 42% of those who responded said their jobs cause them some form of mental distress, and 84% believe the trucking industry has a role to play in addressing mental health in the workplace.

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Are your driver drug test records secure?

April 6, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – Cross-border drivers face drug tests when they’re hired, after an accident, and randomly throughout the year. But once you give a sample, what happens to the medical data? It’s a similar question to one that researchers from St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto asked in a study of five teaching hospitals, including clinics and physicians’ offices.

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Get real — and retain your drivers

March 27, 2018 by John Smith

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Basic marketing sense says you should sell your positives, but when it comes to selling your fleet to potential drivers, overselling may be causing higher turnover.

Industry experts talking driver retention and feedback at the 2018 Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) convention say broken promises lead to higher driver turnover, with a large number of drivers walking out the door before they’ve been employed a full six months.

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Splinter reflects on cancer, HR challenges

March 4, 2018 by John Smith

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Angela Splinter, the chief executive officer of Trucking HR Canada, didn’t begin by talking about cancer. When she took to the podium of the organization’s annual Women with Drive leadership summit, she focused specifically on human resources challenges.

The labor shortage in trucking is real, she said, referring to an intensifying capacity crunch. “There is a limited supply of quality talent available.” But where 48% of Canada’s workforce includes women, they represent around 3% of drivers and technicians.

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Top Fleet Employers nominations open

November 1, 2017 by John Smith

OTTAWA, ON – Trucking HR Canada has opened applications for its 5th annual Top Fleet Employers program, recognizing those that demonstrate superior human resources practices.

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Awards recognize excellence in HR

October 13, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – Trucking HR Canada has once again recognized fleets that follow best practices in human resources, unveiling a series of awards during the 2017 Top Fleet Employers Gala.

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Most millennial truckers looking to leave: report

October 11, 2017 by John Smith

OTTAWA, ON – Trucking industry recruiters are looking for ways to attract new millennial-aged workers, but droves of existing workers under the age of 35 are already thinking about leaving.

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Syrian driver in waiting: “I don’t want to be idle”

July 7, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON — Truck driver Ahmad Al Rasoul knew it was time to leave Syria the day the bedroom where his two-year-old son Joseph was sleeping got destroyed by a bomb. Miraculously, young Joseph remained unscathed, albeit covered in ashes. Rasoul, 46 at the time, and his wife Rasmia Al Mekhlef, had four other children and lived in Homs, a community badly wracked by the Syrian civil war. You’ve probably seen the skeletal remains of Homs buildings on the news. Since he got his licence at 22, Rasoul had been a truck driver and loves the work. But he’s still waiting to apply his skills in Ontario.

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ELD’s, “jobs for life” among legal concerns for fleets

June 19, 2017 by John Smith

NIAGARA FALLS, ON – Canadian fleets face several new legal challenges this year in the face of plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, as well as a recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling that could offer federally regulated drivers a job for life, an industry lawyer says.
Heather Devine, a partner with Isaacs and Company, points to the pending U.S. mandate for Electronic Logging Devices as an example. That applies to cross-border drivers as of December 18. But during a presentation to the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada she said the devices could become one of the bargaining chips in trade negotiations. “I’ve heard that there are those discussions,” she warned, referring to talk of a future Canadian mandate that mirrors rules in the U.S. “It’s coming.”

The recent Wilson v. Atomic Energy of Canada ruling by the Supreme Court, meanwhile, …

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Gala to feature top HR honors

May 2, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – Forty-eight fleets recognized as some of the best workplaces in Canada’s trucking industry will be vying for honors during Trucking HR Canada’s 4th annual Top Fleet Employers gala.

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Engagement key to attracting millennials: panel

April 11, 2017 by sehui

WINNIPEG, MB – Human Resources (HR) departments that want to recruit and retain millennial-aged workers may want to refocus their traditional strategies as they compete for the increasingly valuable pool of employees.

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IN PRINT — Fit to Drive: Ulch Transport takes action on employee health

December 27, 2016 by John Smith

Ulch Transport dispatcher Paul Podsadecki was miserable in every sense of the word. He was on a steady dose of Tylenol and antacids to dull the recurring headaches and heartburn. Sleep was fitful when it came at all, and his mood was sour. Fellow employees began to avoid him, and he was officially reprimanded for being too irritable on the job.

Then his new family doctor told him he was going to die if things didn’t change. And soon.

“It was a kick in the butt,” Podsadecki admits, referring to his checkup in the winter of 2014. But the scale didn’t lie. He weighed in at 330 pounds. “I didn’t think I was that big,” he says. “I was embarrassed.”

The news spurred him to action.