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Human Resource Professionals, Students, and Academicians! Be a part of the changing face of HRM in the Caribbean by increasing the quality of HR literature applicable to the regional workplace; and reducing its reliance on materials that have limited applicability.

Please see details of the HRMAJ Conference34 Call for Papers in the attached and send us your submissions by September 30, 2014.

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Human Resource Professionals, Students, and Academicians! Be a part of the changing face of HRM in the Caribbean by increasing the quality of HR literature applicable to the regional workplace; and reducing its reliance on materials that have limited applicability.

Please see details of the HRMAJ Conference33 Call for Papers in the attached and send us your submissions by October 11, 2013.

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Human Resource Professionals, Students, and Academicians! Be a part of the changing face of HRM in the Caribbean by increasing the quality of HR literature applicable to the regional workplace; and reducing its reliance on materials that have limited applicability.

Please see details of the HRMAJ Conference32 Call for Papers in the attached and send us your submissions by November 12, 2012.

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The aim of the request, is to further advance our commitment for a more visible HRMAJ and to take intellectual leadership in the public domain for HR matters. The membership of HRMAJ encompasses members who are specialists and generalists with a rich store of experience and knowledge.

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The HRMAJ Student Chapter – UTech was formed in 2007. The student-lead body at UTech, HRMSAJ, has strived to provide development opportunities for not just our student membership, but our surrounding communities as well; through volunteer projects and networking opportunities. Despite all our efforts, however, there is still room for improvement and no better hands to aid in this, than your own…our seasoned HR practitioners in industries all across Jamaica. Indeed, we are referring to you!

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Congratulations to National Works Agency on being selected as the winners for the competition for 2011.

The HRMAJ Poster Competition is open to all conference attendees and aims to:

  • re-inforce the conference theme “Innovation Through the Downturn...Creating Value for the Upturn”
  • provide an opportunity for conferees to prepare themselves to receive maximum benefits from conference
  • foster creativity among HR professionals
  • generate pre-conference discussion on important HR issues that will be covered at conference

    Criteria for judging are based on the following:

  • Exposition of the conference theme
  • Use of colour/graphics
  • Organisation/Layout
  • Originality/creativity

HRMAJ will use the most outstanding artistic presentation of the theme in future HRMAJ publications and/or create a calendar provided that HRMAJ receive permission from the owners.

... Public defender to launch investigation into colour prejudice in the job market


Amid simmering threats of a boycott, the demands by angry Jamaicans for the names of employers who have asked the Government's skills training and certification agency, HEART Trust/NTA, specifically for fair-skinned trainees to fill vacancies at their companies might be met as the Office of the Public Defender has launched an investigation and is demanding disclosure.

In an interview with The Sunday Gleaner, Public Defender Earl Witter said his office would be approaching HEART Trust/NTA in short order for the names of the entities and the identities of the proprietors who have displayed this blatant skin-tone bias.

"We will be requiring HEART to reveal the identities of these people who have been presumptuous enough in purporting to prescribe these conditions or preferences as elements of their recruitment policies," said Witter.

He added: "Not just the HEART Trust but the Ministry of Labour and any other entity, public or private, which can assist in this investigation, will be asked or required, as the case maybe, to give assistance."

Expecting full cooperation

When asked what was his office prepared to do if HEART Trust refuses to identify the employers who have asked for light-skinned trainees, Witter said he could not conceive any ground or privilege upon which a public body such as HEART Trust could rely on as the basis for refusing to disclose the names of persons and entities to his office.

"I anticipate nothing short of the fullest cooperation of the HEART Trust in our investigation, but in any event there are coercive powers to which we can resort," he said.

Already, a team has been assembled in the Office of the Public Defender to tackle the thorny issue that has stirred much public debate since The Sunday Gleaner broke the story last week. The team was scheduled to have its first meeting last Friday.

The public defender said he, too, was taken aback by the report revealing that local employers were discriminating against trainees who were dark-skinned.

"I can tell you ... as would all other right-thinking Jamaicans, our office was outraged by these allegations," said Witter.

"It should be brought home that racial discrimination in any form should never be tolerated in Jamaica."

Witter, who said the allegations "shame us all as a people", believes the situation is particularly melancholic when viewed against the backdrop of the principled position held by successive Jamaican governments on apartheid in South Africa.

"It's astonishing in the 21st century ... . The scourge of all such racial discrimination should be effectually eradicated ... and it does make a mockery of our motto, our ideal: 'Out of many, one people'," Witter said.

The public defender advanced that the employers' request for light-skinned Jamaicans might be a breach of the Constitution of Jamaica. "On the face of it, that activity is unconstitutional," he said.

The Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms, approved by Parliament earlier this year, lists among those rights and freedoms: "The right to freedom from discrimination on the grounds of being male or female; race, place of origin, social class, colour, religion or political opinions."

Guaranteed rights

Witter argued that Parliament's approval of the Charter of Rights signalled a fundamental or jurisprudential sea change because it is now possible for an individual citizen to infringe upon the fundamental rights of another citizen.

"Prior to the Charter of Rights, the Government was the sole guarantor of fundamental rights, which meant that only servants or agents of Government could have infringed the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution. That's no longer the case," said the public defender.

Meanwhile, the Human Resource Management Association of Jamaica (HRMAJ) said it was concerned about the claims of racial discrimination in hiring practices.

"That would be a sad compromise of professional ethics. The Jamaican HR community is committed to an ethics consensus, and hopefully no hiring officers are engaged in what the Gleaner report suggests, or succumbing to pressure to do so," said Michael Jones, president of the HRMAJ.

He added: "The Jamaican Charter of Rights prohibits discrimination, but even without the force of law, the collective conscience of the nation would have to be in a bad place for us to be even remotely comfortable or even tolerant of that."

Jones said he was confident that HEART Trust/NTA would report any such discriminatory request from an employer to the Ministry of Labour.

"It is important in all of this that, as a society, we consider whether in our music, advertising and other areas, we might not be unwittingly reinforcing these kinds of pejorative distinctions," said Jones.

Last week, Labour Minister Pearnel Charles made it clear that he was not aware of any of the cases of discrimination that had come before HEART Trust.

Charles said he would throw the book at any employer whom he finds out is engaging in the skin-tone discrimination.

Congratulations to Guardina Life Limited on being selected as the winners for the competition for 2010.

The HRMAJ Poster Competition is open to all conference attendees aims to:

  • re-inforce the conference theme “No Limits: Winning Trough Transformational Leadership and Partnership”
  • provide an opportunity for conferees to prepare themselves to receive maximum benefits from conference
  • foster creativity among HR professionals
  • generate pre-conference discussion on important HR issues that will be covered at conference Criteria for judging are based on the following.
  • Exposition of the conference theme
  • Use of colour/graphics
  • Organisation/Layout
  • Originality/creativity

HRMAJ will use the most outstanding artistic presentation of the theme in future HRMAJ publications and/or create a calendar provided that HRMAJ receive permission from the owners.

Five years ago the Human Resource Management Association of Jamaica (HRMAJ) launched its HR Innovation Award competition. The aim of the competition is to encourage organisations to improve their strategies and programmes for successfully managing the human resource and thereby achieve outstanding levels of productivity.

This competition, which attracts organizations within the public and private sectors, has proven to be outstanding in the level of innovations that were presented for judging. The winners thus far have been the Bank of Nova Scotia Jamaica Limited (2005), the HEART Trust/NTA (2006), Red Stripe (2007), RBTT Bank Jamaica Limited (2008) and National Commercial Bank (2009).

We invite your organization to participate in this year’s competition (2010 HR Innovation Award), by submitting your entry (relevant documents attached) no later than January 31, 2011. The awardees will be announced at the Annual HR Innovation Awards function in April 2011.

Here’s to a great competition!

Four years ago the Human Resource Management Association of Jamaica (HRMAJ) launched its HR Innovation Award competition. The aim of the competition is to encourage organisations to improve their strategies and programmes for successfully managing the human resource and thereby achieve outstanding levels of productivity.

This competition, which attracts organizations within the public and private sectors, has proven to be outstanding in the level of innovations that were presented for judging. The winners thus far have been the Bank of Nova Scotia Jamaica Limited (2005), the HEART Trust/NTA (2006), Red Stripe (2007) and RBTT Bank Jamaica Limited (2008).

We invite your organization to participate in this year’s competition (2009 HR Innovation Award), by submitting your entry (relevant documents attached) no later than January 15, 2010. The awardees will be announced at the Annual HR Innovation Awards function in March 2010.

Here’s to a great competition!

Congratulations to Management Institute for National Development (MIND) on being selected as the winners for the competition for 2009.

The HRMAJ Poster Competition is open to all conference attendees aims to:

  • re-inforce the conference theme “Riding the Waves: HR to the Rescue”
  • provide an opportunity for conferees to prepare themselves to receive maximum benefits from conference
  • foster creativity among HR professionals
  • generate pre-conference discussion on important HR issues that will be covered at conference Criteria for judging are based on the following.
  • Exposition of the conference theme
  • Use of colour/graphics
  • Organisation/Layout
  • Originality/creativity

 

HRMAJ will use the most outstanding artistic presentation of the theme in future HRMAJ publications and/or create a calendar provided that HRMAJ receive permission from the owners.

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