Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Canada (Saskatchewan) Pension Benefits Regulations Amendments

Saskatchewan - Pension Benefits Regulations Amendments
The new provisions will enable employers and unions to develop a flexible pension plan.

Canada - Overtime in Alberta

In Alberta, under the Employment Standards Code, overtime is treated on a daily and/or weekly status. More at:
Alberta - Treatment of Overtime

Friday, March 25, 2005

USA - Appearance-based discrimination


Appearance-based discrimination

The US is divided over the regulation of appearance at work - including weight, hairstyles, clothing and body piercing - according to a recent national survey.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Canada - Manitoba Minimum Wage

Manitoba - Minimum Wage Increase Announced
Manitoba’s current minimum wage of $7.00 an hour will increase by 25 cents to $7.25 an hour on April 1, 2005.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

UK - Employment Law Updates

Latest UK employment law updates:

* Employment Tribunal can limit compensation where lack of consultation merely delayed but would not have prevented redundancy

* Restrictive covenant upheld: prevents employee working for named competitors for 6 months after termination

* Holiday pay must be true addition to contractual rate of pay

Details at: March 21 2005 E-News

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Canada - Employment Law Updates

Four new articles today.

* Several provinces including Alberta and Ontario have developed a
national identity theft kit that can be used by businesses to protect customer data
and comply with federal and provincial privacy legislation. Article at:

Identity Theft Kit for Businesses


* The federal and Quebec government have signed an agreement that will as of January 1, 2006, allow Quebec to have its own parental leave insurance (EI) program. Article at:
Parental Leave Agreement Signed

* On February 18, 2005, the Labour Standards Division of the Nova Scotia Environment and Labour Department tabled their report Averaging Review which includes three recommendations on the flexibility of managing overtime hours in the province for consideration. Article at:

Overtime Averaging Report Review


* Based on the recommendations of the Minister of Industry, the Canadian Governor in Council is proposing to declare the Ontario Personal Health Information Protection Act, (PHIPA) substantially similar to the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). Article at:

Health Information Privacy Legislation of Ontario Exemption Order

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

USA - Minority-Owned Businesses

Minority-owned businesses expand, contract, and survive at different rates from non-minority owned business, according to a study from the Office of Advocacy of the U.S.
Small Business Administration.

Details at: Minority-Owned and Non-Minority Businesses have Different Characteristics

USA - Women redefining power


Women are redefining power

The conventional belief is that women are often ambivalent about power, but a recent survey finds that the vast majority of businesswomen like power and actively pursue it.

Job Satisfaction

Showing up for the Paycheck?
A recent report by The Conference Board shows that job satisfaction is declining among workers of all ages and across all income brackets.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Who's Reading Your Resume?

It seems that everyone is an expert when it comes to resume writing.

More at: Who's Reading Your Resume?

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Canada - Keeping Your Staff

A recent survey found that only a half of businesses seemed to be concerned about employee retention. More at:
Planning Ahead: Keeping Your Staff

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

UK - Employment law updates

* Short service and breach of contract
* New minimum wage rates
* Plans for mandatory pay audits
* Proposed statutory maternity leave increase

Full details at: March 7 2005 E-News

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

UK Workers Have Little Trust in Bosses

The attitudes of British employees towards senior managers are significantly more negative than those of their counterparts in the USA, with fewer than a third expressing trust and confidence in their leaders, according to a Watson Wyatt study.

Full article at:
UK Workers Have Little Trust in Bosses

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Canada - Dealing with Fragrance Sensitivity in Workplaces

Fragrance sensitivity and other chemicals can become a workplace concern when it leads to absences or a decline in worker productivity. For many employees, being exposed to perfumes and chemicals in the workplace can pose a serious health risk.

More at:
Dealing with Fragrance Sensitivity in Workplaces

Candidates Who Perform Last Finish First

Participants appearing towards the end of juried competitions seem to do better than those performing at the beginning - and this finding has implications for recruitment and selection. Details at:
Candidates Who Perform Last Finish First

Updated page - Interviews

The index page for Interviews at JobSkills.info has been updated with new text and links to articles on the subject of interviews and interviewing.

See: Interviews