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The World of Work Now - Employment Brief

Monday, April 21 2014
The World of Work Now Employment Brief

The Canadian Labour Code has been reformed to better align the code with provincial employment and labour standards. A time limit for employers to provide workers with vacation pay was introduced and inspectors now have more latitude to facilitate settlements and suspend investigations.

Canadian manufacturers' sales return to pre-recession highs in February, most notably a 16.5% increase in unfilled orders to $91.6-billion and an increase of 18.8% in new orders to $64.2-billion.

According to Ernst and Young's latest Capital Confidence Barometer surveys, 79% of Canadian executives believe the global economy is improving, a 24% increase from October 2013, and 41% expect to make an acquisition in the next year.

Most businesses support the "comply and explain" approach taken by the Ontario Securities Commission to allow more women to have access to executive positions. The new program would make internal policies public and allow shareholders to see how companies manage the issue of women on boards and in high-ranking positions.

Statistics Canada: there were 6.7 unemployed people for every job vacancy in January 2014. The ratio of unemployed people compared to job vacancies varies between 1.5 in healthcare and social assistance, and 10.8 in construction.

The Conservative government has released a $14 billion New Building Canada Fund, a part of the government's 10-year $53 billion plan to build new infrastructure across the country. However, stakeholders are disappointed that there were no provisions for apprenticeships, a hallmark of the federal budget.

After several businesses were found to have violated regulations while participating in the temporary foreign worker program, critics are arguing that young Canadians are being passed over for many low-skill job opportunities. According to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the program, created to help employers hire workers to fill high-skill jobs has been used to hire low-skill service industry jobs, taking them away from young Canadians. The use of low-skill workers on the program has grown from 13,000 to more than 30,000 since 2007.

The Northern Gateway Pipelines and related construction trade unions signed a memorandum of understanding which promises employment of at least 2,100 union members.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada warns agencies and professionals to not give advice related to immigration due to recent changes in Canada's immigration law. Stakeholders such as HR professionals and employment agents are now required to be members of a prescribed regulatory body before they give advice on immigration procedures to applicants.

Conference Board of Canada: for every two senior executive positions, organizations have only one job-ready or near job-ready successor. The Board also notes an increasing trend in recruiting executives through social media.

National Occupational Standards for trainers in the electricity industry were published this week by Electricity Human Resources Canada. The EHRC also stresses the importance of filling the workforce gap as many highly skilled professionals retire and many new workers enter the industry within the next five years.

Low pay and long commutes are the top causes for work-related stress in today's "work-more economy" according to the 2014 Work Stress Survey by Harris. Experts suggest employers to reassess compensation to recruit and retain talent, while employees should re-evaluate their current employment against their goals.

Workopolis: only 30% of Canadians stay at the same job for more than four years, compared to 60% in 2002. The top reason of employees leaving is their relationship with their boss, accounting for 37%.

The auto industry is set to be the new driver of demand for aluminum after canned beverages due to automakers looking to decrease the weight of their vehicles, as well as new fuel efficiency standards in the United States.

The Ontario Ministry of Labour will be conducting a series of blitzes to address employer compliance with the Employment Standards Act. Areas of focus include internships, vulnerable and temporary foreign workers. Each blitz will also be geared towards specific industries.

The federal government has announced a partnership with Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters to help internationally trained engineers, technicians and technologists gain employment where talent shortage persists in the manufacturing industry.

Canadian Business magazine: Lawyers, public administration directors, and oil and gas drilling supervisors top the best jobs of 2014. The magazine conducted the survey based on employment growth, median compensation in 2013, expected demand, and change in compensation since 2007 using data from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.

Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham released a report urging British Columbia to tighten privacy rules for employment checks. Denham concluded that "too much mental health and so-called non-conviction information is being revealed to employers."

John Zabiuk, an Alberta computer security expert expects more problems from the Heartbleed bug. Nine hundred social insurance accounts were compromised over the last two weeks but the bug has been active for the last 2 years so it's a question of what has gone on in that time.