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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with scheduling work on Sundays; AODA employment standard; and unincorporated self-employment.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with unjust dismissal; termination due to pregnancy; and, October 2014 labour force survey.

 

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The older job applicant: Human Rights considerations

The number of workers over the age of 65 has significantly increased in recent years, and a survey by Towers Watson found that one-third of all respondents and 42 percent of older workers have decided to delay retirement. This aging workforce demographic means that not only are there more older workers remaining in their employment, but also that there are many older workers seeking new employment.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with Statistics Canada 2013 study on hours worked and labour productivity; Bardal factors; and, the award of punitive damages for failure to investigate workplace harassment.

 

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Canada’s wage journey Infographic: Ten years of minimum wage and its history

Minimum wage is ever increasing. In light of the 2014 minimum wage increases in several provinces and territories in Canada, we wanted to take a look back at the journey of minimum wage in our country and all of its jurisdictions in this infographic.

 

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Use of Kijiji in jobs report highlights its unreliability as a recruitment source

On February 11, 2014, Finance Canada released its 54-page “Jobs Report” alongside the Federal Budget. In that report, the Canadian Government claimed that Canada’s job vacancy rate had been “increasing steadily since 2009.” However, this claim was challenged by economists, who noted that Statistics Canada’s own figures proved it was declining. It was later concluded that the problem related to the Canadian Government’s use of data that included Kijiji job postings. In light of this development, employers that wish to advertise jobs in connection with the filing of a Labour Market Opinion application should avoid the use of free websites such Kijiji or Craigslist.

 

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Most-viewed articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three most viewed articles on HRinfodesk this week deal with dismissal without cause in the federally regulated sector; how an employer is allowed to discipline an employee for a discriminatory Facebook posting; and a commentary on when are the baby boomers going to start retiring and free up their jobs for the next generations.

 

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Land on free parking, expect to pay

In Monopoly, landing on free parking is simply a safe place to land. Many people, however, play under rules which allow anyone landing on free parking to collect the “pot” in the middle of the board. Ca-ching! Free parking at the workplace, however, is rarely a windfall, nor ever really free, yet the cost and value of parking is usually underestimated or overlooked by both employers and employees.

 

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Canadian unretirement

With recent changes to Canada’s old age security pension, Canadians and retirement have been in the spotlight. According to Scotiabank’s annual investment poll, over 30 percent of Canadians plan to retire later, up from 27 percent in 2011. It’s not news that Canadians are retiring later than they did a decade ago, but why?

 

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Most-viewed articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three most viewed articles on HRinfodesk this week deal with temporary layoff, why women receive less severance than men, and changes to first aid requirements under the Canada Labour Code.

 

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Employment insurance sweeping reforms

The federal Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development recently announced that the government is making significant changes to the employment insurance system to ensure its efficiency. At the same time as these changes were announced, the Canadian Press learned that the government has stopped providing Statistics Canada “key and current information about how much federal money is flowing to each of the provinces for EI claimants.”

 

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National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011 now available

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011 is the current departmental standard and was approved on November 21, 2011. The NOC was jointly released for free by Statistics Canada and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) today and includes…

 

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National Occupational Classification, 2011

The structure of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011 has changed and is replacing Statistics Canada’s National Occupational Classification for Statistics (NOC-S) 2006 and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada’s NOC 2006, eliminating the differences that have existed between these two classifications. The NOC is being adapted to reflect the significant structural changes in the Canadian labour market since 2001.

 

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Gender wage gap is decreasing … but is it decreasing enough?

I just read a Statistics Canada report stating that the gender wage gap has recently been decreasing. The report briefly noted that between 1988 and 2008, the wage gap narrowed throughout the wage distribution. However, the gap shrank the most at the lowest end of the wage distribution, and the gap shrank the least at the upper end. Also, although women dramatically increased their representation in high-wage occupations such as management, there were still significant gender wage gaps within these occupations.

 

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