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The World of Work Now - Employment Brief

Friday, March 28, 2014
The World of Work Now
Employment Brief
87% of small businesses expect first quarter results to be the same or better than last year, according to the SurePayroll survey for March. The survey also showed that the average paycheck fell 0.3% month over month and 1.1% over the year.

Professional associations debate regulations on the acceptance and transfer of foreign credentials in Canada as a recent Human Rights Tribunal ruling has ordered the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta to pay damages and connect a foreign-trained engineer with a mentor and networking opportunities on grounds of discrimination against his country of origin.

Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Officer reports that median real wages have remained stable since the end of the recession while average real wages increased. It also suggests job and skill mismatch predominately exists in Saskatchewan rather than widespread and national.

Sections of the Canadian Jobs and Growth Act 2012, Bill C-45 will come into force starting April 1st, 2014. This includes implementing a time limit on complaints for unpaid wages and other violations under the Canada Labour Code.

According to ScotiaBank, the global auto industry hit record-high output in the first quarter of 2014, but North America had a slow start due to weather-related issues. Canadian output is being held back by retooling at a Toronto-area plant. Higher auto production will add only 0.2 percentage points to Canada's growth.

Employment in the Canadian computer and electronic product manufacturing industry is expected to grow in 2014 after a net loss of nearly 40,000 jobs in the industry since 2010, the Conference Board of Canada reports. Opportunities at home increase as wages in emerging markets rise, and companies reassess the risks of offshoring production.

A study by the Ivey School of Business suggests increased government investment into the food manufacturing industry as it has proven to be resilient in terms of GDP and employment throughout the recession compared to other manufacturing industries.

40% of Canadians believe their employers don’t support an active lifestyle according to a recent survey while 56% reported their employers don’t support a mentally fit lifestyle. Researchers warn that the trend may result in lower productivity and quality of work.

The gap between insurance benefits paid out and premiums paid in has grown from $1.2 billion in 1991 to $6.8 billion in 2011, based on a study by health economist Michael Law. Smaller employers and individual who buy health insurance suffer most due to inability to barter with much larger insurance companies.

Most Canadians think the devalued loonie is not only temporary but also good for the economy. However, they also expect their spending habits to change as the dollar drops, according a Canadian Business poll.

Employment and earnings of young women hit nearly twice as hard as their male counterparts since pre-recession. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives also notes that government economic stimulus have been coming into male-dominated industries such as construction.

Council of Ontario Universities: bachelor degree students who have co-op experience during their undergrad years earn more, have higher full-time employment rates and more likely to pay off their student loans two years after graduation than those who did not participate in co-op. Meanwhile, Statistics Canada reports no significant difference between college graduates who completed co-op placements and their peers who didn’t.

Language and education requirements tabled for potential sponsored spousal immigrants. Minimum income limit of the sponsor also considered.

Alberta’s Minister of Labour Thomas Lukaszuk welcomes Croatian workers into to the province and stated, “There simply aren’t enough Canadian workers available in many skilled occupations to fill the openings that exist today."

Loblaw’s and Shoppers Drug Mart’s merger was approved by the Competition Bureau giving the new entity a combined 2,738 grocery stores and 1,824 pharmacies in operation across Canada.

A recent study identifies 18 behaviors common to employees who plan to quit. Traits include becoming less interested in advancing in the organization and more reluctant to commit to long-term projects, but the researcher also adds that having frequent appointments, dressing up at work and other behaviors don’t necessarily suggest the same.

Conference Board of Canada: Alberta has been progressively leaning toward the development of its oil and gas sector and pipelines are necessary for moving forward. The Board also states that a lack of new pipelines will cause investment to be reduced and affect the economy.