Labour Day (Monday, September 6) is often seen as a time for rest and recreation, the last day before back to school, and the start of fall-related activities and events (like the HRPA 2021 Annual Law Conference).

But it also continues to serve as a day to honour workers and reflect on the current and future work environment.

Designated as a statutory holiday in 1894, Labour Day in Canada is celebrated on the first Monday in September to recognize workers and their social and economic contributions to communities across the country.

Its origins can be traced back to some of the first local demonstrations during the Victorian era where, throughout the years, labourers fought for safe work environments, fair wages and equity in the workplace.

But while progress has been made on most of these issues, there is still much to be done.

One only has to look at the latest post-pandemic phenomenon dubbed the “Great Resignation,” where scores of employees are quitting their jobs, or at the countless essential workers struggling with burnout, to recognize that the workplace experience and culture matters – and HR professionals must be prepared to confront employee needs.

Our goal at the HRPA is to continue to equip HR professionals to do exactly that. We will continue to provide the tools and insights to help you navigate your organization’s people-related challenges and foster positive change in the workplace.

Check out our upcoming events below to stay on top of the big issues facing businesses today.

We know that this past year and half has been particularly demanding for HR professionals. If you have the opportunity, we encourage you to spend some time refocusing on the activities that are beneficial to your health and well-being.

Please note that the HRPA will be closed on Monday, September 6 for Labour Day. We will be back on Tuesday, September 7.

We wish you a safe and happy long weekend.

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