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Labour Relations and Employment Standards Changes Too Much, Too Fast        The Bay of Quinte Chambers of Commerce Survey Results Show 85% of Businesses will Feel the Impact of Sweeping Reforms                                                Quinte West, July 17, 2017:  The Belleville, Prince Edward County and Quinte West Chambers of Commerce recently polled businesses in the region and found that only 14% stated the changes in The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act will make no difference to their business.  Businesses of all sizes and all sectors are planning a variety of strategies in each workplace to adjust to the changes proposed in the legislation, the
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Working Toward Mental Wellness Mental health conditions in the workplace are being diagnosed with greater frequency. Disability claims for mental illness is the fastest growing claim type in Canada. The cost of mental illnesses to the Canadian economy is estimated at over $50 billion annually, with $20 billion of that stemming directly from workplace losses. On average, mental health issues cost businesses almost $1,500 per employee, per year. Nevertheless, instead of being recognized and managed, these problems are too often misjudged or disregarded. For most employers, it is easier to cope with an employee’s
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From the Desk of Chamber CEO Jill Raycroft From the Desk of Chamber CEO Jill Raycroft Belleville, ON July 14th 2017 -The past two weeks has been all about the Waterfront & Ethnic Festival...  the Chamber has held a contract with the City to plan and promote a few events each year, but Waterfront is the big one.  This was Susan Walsh's 10th festival out of the Log Cabin and I can't thank her enough for the dedication she puts toward to making it all happen.  Of course, it's an all hands on deck approach and Rosi & Matt are integral to keeping things moving and while we were all at the park last week, we had Bodhi and
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From the Desk of Chamber CEO Jill Raycroft From the Desk of Chamber CEO Jill Raycroft Belleville, ON June 29th 2017 - Top of mind today - the countdown is on for the Belleville Waterfront & Ethnic Festival and Zwick’s will be buzzing two weekends in a row!  Of course, we’re all feeling pretty patriotic as we acknowledge the 150 years since Confederation and some of us are also clearly aware that our country is celebrating much more than an anniversary.  We are celebrating our multicultural heritage and acknowledging our impact on the country our fore-bearers had on the Indigenous populations already here.  I believe you
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Win for Business: Suspension of Unfair Provision in Anti-Spam Legislation Win for Business: Suspension of Unfair Provision in Anti-Spam Legislation  The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the federal government’s decision to halt the coming into force of the Private Right of Action provision of Canada’s anti-spam legislation that would have hurt Canadian businesses. The PRA was particularly worrisome as it would have exposed business to potentially unjust and costly litigation. The Private Right of Action Provision would have allowed individuals to take legal action against any company which sent them an email they did not want to receive,
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