Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

Schneider Electric

September 27, 2017

Schneider Electric has announced a new Global Family Leave policy that is industry-leading in its global scope and strengthens the company’s commitment to Diversity and Inclusion.

The policy will support Schneider Electric employees worldwide by providing paid personal time during moments when it matters the most, enabling them to better manage their unique life and work.

The policy features the following provisions as the global minimum paid leave standards:

  • 12 weeks for the primary parent (both natural birth and adoption)
  • Two weeks for the secondary parent (both natural birth and adoption)
  • One week for care for an immediate family member that either needs elder care or care for a serious health condition
  • One week of bereavement leave for a death of an immediate family member

In formulating the policy, Schneider Electric has actively chosen to define “leave” and “family” in an inclusive way, recognizing that definition of family, life and work are changing every day. By design, the policy includes key life stages for welcoming a new baby, taking care of sick or elderly family members, and mourning the loss of a family member. It also assumes an inclusive definition of family by extending an equal amount of parental leave to a parent by natural birth or adoption. Resources will be provided to Schneider Electric countries to ensure understanding and support of the new policy by managers and employees.

“Diversity and inclusion is an integral part of who we are and what differentiates us. That is how we drive innovation, engagement and high performance.” said Olivier Blum, Chief Human Resources Officer and Executive Vice President at Schneider Electric. “I feel proud to be an industry leader to establish the global family leave policy. It will reinforce our diversity and inclusion ambition of providing equal opportunities to everyone, everywhere and ensuring that all employees feel uniquely valued and safe to contribute their best.”  

The policy will be deployed gradually, with 40+ countries including the U.S., Mexico, China and India, implementing by January 2018, and 100 per cent global deployment by January 2019. If a country’s legal requirement or current practice is more than the minimum standards, the higher standards will be followed. Eligibility within a country may vary based on local laws as well as current eligibility for the Schneider Electric benefits.   

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In this issue: 

Owning your own business is something many of us have dreamt of doing. Who wouldn’t want to be their own boss? It is a valid question that many entering the electrical trade consider. However, dreams tend to create an image that doesn’t always suit reality. Surviving in the residential electrical market involves a lot of out of the box thinking and as we have said and can’t stress enough, hard work. To gain insight into the various challenges faced by small electrical contractors EIN sat down with Steve Beeby, Master Electrician, and owner/operator of Beehive Electric, as small residential electrical contracting company based in Elmvale, Ontario.

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Watch a portion of the interview conducted by Electrical Industry Canada with Steve Beeby of Beehive Electric

 

CSA

Now in its 24th edition, the 2018 Canadian Electrical Code, Part I includes a number of significant updates and changes to better help electrical workers in the safe maintenance of electrical equipment and create safer electrical installations.

This edition features important revisions to many sections. For example, Section 26 now mandates the use of tamper-resistant receptacles in additional areas where children may be present. Section 62 now requires ground fault circuit interrupter protection for heating devices and controls in proximity to tubs, sinks, and shower stalls. Section 10 has been updated, reorganized, and significantly reduced in length.

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