Sunday, February 27, 2005

Canada (Ontario) - Health and Safety Inspectors will also be Able to Issue Tickets

As of January 15, 2005, the Ontario Ministry of Labour has included the new ticketing tool (on-the-spot offence notices) as part of their enforcement strategy to reduce workplace injuries by 20 percent over four years.

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Health and Safety Inspectors will also be Able to Issue Tickets (Ontario)

Australia - Workplace Relations

What did the Minister actually say? Full text of Kevin Andrews' speech at:


Where do we want workplace relations to be in five years time?

Friday, February 25, 2005

UK - National Minimum Wage to increase

The national minimum wage will rise to £5.05 in October 2005, Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt announced today.

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National minimum wage increases

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Monday, February 21, 2005

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Australia - ACTU submits claim for $26.60 increase in national minimum wage

ACTU submits claim for $26.60 increase in national minimum wage. Unions feel this may be the last ever national wage case of its type.

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ACTU submits claim for $26.60 increase in national minimum wage

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Canada (Ontario) Health & Safety Mandatory Posting Required by WSIB and Ministry of Labour

Every workplace is required to have and post a recent copy of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (with the most recent major amendments), and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Poster "In Case of Injury at Work".

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(Ontario) Health & Safety Mandatory Posting Required by WSIB and Ministry of Labour

Friday, February 18, 2005

Upgrade Your Resume

Sometimes a little goes a long way. With a few minor adjustments, your resume can be improved to the point where it ends up in the callback pile as opposed to the trash bin. Full article at: Upgrade Your Resume

Australia - 339 New Work for the Dole Projects

Minister for Workforce Participation, Peter Dutton has announced 339 new Work for the Dole projects across Australia offering 3967 places.

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339 New Work for the Dole Projects

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

USA - Wal-Mart Fined for Child Labor Violations

The U.S. Department of Labor has fined Wal-Mart $135,540 in civil money penalties for violating the youth employment provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for allowing teenage workers to operate hazardous equipment.

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Wal-Mart Fined for Child Labor Violations

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Australia - Hidden unemployment


Hidden Unemployment
- Today's official unemployment figures continue to hide the real number of people who want to work in Australia, according to the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Monday, February 07, 2005

When Cover Letters Get Personal

It's perfectly acceptable to add pizzazz to cover letters in an effort to engage the reader in your story. Taking a business approach while adding a personal touch to the cover letter will certainly make you stand out from other candidates. But many are skeptical about adding a personal story to the cover letter because rumor has it that cover letters should be completely business-oriented. That isn't true. There are occasions when it is appropriate to deviate from what others expect to read, and of course, there are times when you should remain with the "tried and true" method.

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Thursday, February 03, 2005

Psychology of Expertise

James Shanteau, psychology professor at Kansas State University, is an expert on the topic of 'experts'. He has been studying expertise since the the 1970's - particularly the decision making of experts.

"I'm more interested in the superior performance. There is much to be learned so that we can all be more effective and do our jobs better," Shanteau said. "By extracting this information, we can teach others so they can be more successful in pursuing professional careers."

Shanteau's definition of an expert is 'a professional who sets the standards for the job; someone who establishes a clear path for others to follow'.

Shanteau described a number of components required of an expert decision maker:

Rest of the article at: The Psychology of Expertise

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

BT and Accenture Sign 10-Year HR Outsourcing Contract

BT and Accenture have signed a 10-year, £306 million (US$575 million)business process outsourcing (BPO) and transformation contract for human resource (HR) administration services.

Full details at: BT and Accenture Sign 10-Year HR Outsourcing Contract

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Canada - Ontario Minimum Wage Increases To $7.45

Labour Minister Chris Bentley announced a pay raise for almost 200,000 Ontarians as the minimum wage increases for the second time in two years.

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Ontario Minimum Wage Increases To $7.45

5 Tips for a Safe Online Job-Search

Conducting a job search using the Internet has definitely transformed how jobseekers contact hiring companies. With the Internet's convenience, a breeding ground for scam artists continues to grow each year as well.

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5 Tips for a Safe Online Job-Search