Monday, July 31, 2006

Canada - CNC Global selected to lead Recruitment Process Outsourcing Initiative for the City of Edmonton

CNC Global Limited, Canada's leading provider of IT staffing and Recruitment Process Outsourcing solutions, is pleased to announce that it has been selected by the City of Edmonton (the City) to provide a wide range of Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) services to help fulfill its ongoing IT staff augmentation requirements.

CNC Global selected to lead Recruitment Process Outsourcing Initiative for the City of Edmonton

Sunday, July 30, 2006

USA - HR and Business Intelligence

More than ever before, HR professionals are being asked to show how their company’s workforce policies affect its overall business plan. As a rule, this information is not readily available.

For example, you granted merit raises to your employees this year. Can you measure your ROI on that expenditure? Did it resolve the turnover issue at your underperforming facility? Did it help retain the people and skills required to meet your company’s five-year growth plan?

In order to provide strategically sound answers, the HR staff needs the critical information provided by the right technology processes and analytical tools. They must be able to access and analyze data from all HR functional areas and employ appropriate methodologies to interpret the data, draw meaningful conclusions and make fact-based decisions.

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Business Intelligence -- Transforming HR Data into Business Acumen

USA - Employee Records & Identity Theft

One of the leading causes of identity theft, says a recent TransUnion report, is confidential employer record theft. This avenue surpasses that of mail, credit card and wallet theft. The Federal Trade Commission cites an astounding 90 percent of all business record thefts from employment and payroll data. These compromised records include legal names, birth dates, social security numbers, addresses and telephone numbers, banking and account numbers.

National PEO Recommends Stronger Employee Data Policies

Saturday, July 29, 2006

UK - Job Satisfaction

Results from a new survey of over 1000 workers for The Work Foundation reveals strikingly positive attitudes towards work but also confirms that work remains simply a way of making a living for many people.

Job satisfaction in the UK

Friday, July 28, 2006

Canada (Ontario) - Protecting Young Workers

Teens and Youth Who Go Straight Into the Workforce Are Most Likely To Be Injured

The McGuinty government is turning to young people and experts for help in reducing injuries and deaths on the job among youth who go directly into the workforce from school, Labour Minister Steve Peters announced today.

McGuinty Government Takes Action To Reduce Young Worker Injuries

Canada (Ontario) - Hazardous Substances

The Ontario government is strengthening protection for workers by proposing new or updated occupational exposure limits for 27 hazardous substances, Labour Minister Steve Peters announced today.


Ontario To Better Protect Workers Against Hazardous Substances

Canada - Cytiva Announces New SonicRecruit Enterprise Recruiting Solution

Cytiva Software Inc. (CRX: TSX:V), a leading provider of mid-market talent acquisition solutions, today announced the availability of SonicRecruit Enterprise, a multi-division, multi-site talent acquisition system.

Cytiva Announces New SonicRecruit Enterprise Recruiting Solution

USA - EAP Promotions

ACI, one of the nation’s Top Ten Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) by Business Insurance Magazine, today announced the appointment of Mike La Voy to the new position of Vice President of Operations and Tandice Tinney to Sales Manager.

Leading EAP Provider Announces Two Executive Promotions

Thursday, July 27, 2006

USA - First Advantage Sponsors HCI

The Human Capital Institute (HCI), a global professional association and educator in talent management strategies, and First Advantage Corporation, which offers a single-source solution for managing domestic and international hiring needs, announced today that First Advantage will sponsor HCI's Effective Hiring learning and research track. The track is one of several topics addressed in HCI's Talent Acquisition community of interest, a community HCI considers critical to organizations working to leverage human capital.

First Advantage to Sponsor Human Capital Institute's Effective Hiring Initiatives

USA - MySpace Is Public Space When It Comes To Job Search

In a recent survey, CollegeGrad.com found that 47% of college grad job seekers who use social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook have either already changed or plan to change the content of their pages as a result of their job search.

MySpace Is Public Space When It Comes To Job Search

UK - Recruitment Industry Welcomes CRB Progress

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), the representative body for UK recruiters who have to process thousands of CRB checks every year, commends the CRB for progress made as revealed in its Annual Report published this week.

Recruitment Industry Welcomes CRB Progress

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Canada - New BC Employment Program

The new $35-million BC Employment Program has been successfully launched by the Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance. This means 15,000 income assistance clients in British Columbia will have an even better chance of finding and keeping a job this year, according to a Provincial Government news release.

New Employment Program Means More Job Success

USA - InteliStaf Healthcare and ShiftWise Form Licensing and Co-Marketing Relationship

Web-based Supplemental Staffing Management System Reduces Administrative Costs

InteliStaf Healthcare, one of the largest healthcare staffing companies in the U.S., and ShiftWise, the nation's leading provider of online healthcare staffing management services, have formed a new licensing and co-marketing relationship. As a ShiftWise Affiliate Vendor, InteliStaf Healthcare will now have the ability to implement the ShiftWise Web-based staffing management service as part of an overall vendor management solution for its premier customers.

InteliStaf Healthcare and ShiftWise Form Licensing and Co-Marketing Relationship

USA - Unicru Launches Frontline Long-Term Care Assessment

Evaluation Helps Facility Managers Screen in Quality Staff While Screening out Potentially Bad Hires

Unicru(R) Inc. introduced today an addition to the Unicru Solution for Healthcare: the Frontline Long-Term Care Assessment. The tool is designed to predict the performance factors critical for success in care-giving and facility support positions.

Unicru Launches Frontline Long-Term Care Assessment

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

UK - Employment Law Updates

July 24 2006 Enews

* Sickness ruled to not constitute 'disability'
* Fixed-term employees may have become permanent on 10 July 2006
* House of Lords confirms employers can be vicariously liable under the protection from harassment act

Thursday, July 20, 2006

USA - Unused Vacation

Americans currently neglect an average of 4 vacation days per year (compared with 1.8 in 2002) and wish they could take more of their available paid vacation days.


Overworked Americans Can't Use Up Their Vacation

Canada - Canadian Students Rank their Top IDEAL Employers(TM) in Universum's first Survey in Canada

Ernst&Young, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte in the top 4. Followed by Microsoft, L'Oreal Google, Air Canada and BMW.

These are some of the key findings of the Undergraduate IDEAL Employer(TM) Survey Canada Edition conducted by Universum, global employer branding leader, where 3,465 students from 27 undergraduate institutions in Canada ranked their IDEAL Employers(TM) and answered questions about salary, career goals, IDEAL Employer(TM)characteristics, decision drivers, preferred cities and websites.

Canadian Students Rank their Top IDEAL Employers(TM) in Universum's first Survey in Canada

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

USA - Recruitment Survey

A new survey finds that recruiting costs have risen and efficiency has decreased despite a growth in organizations applying New Quality measurement from 2% of participating organizations to 40%. Moreover, it appears that applicants are increasingly unhappy with the recruitment and retention practices they encounter.

Applicants Unhappy With Recruiting Practices

UK - Agency nurse wins employment rights case

Nottingham agency nurse, Sheila Ncube represented by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has won a landmark employment rights case, which has far-reaching implications for anybody who is temporary worker for an agency.

Agency nurse wins employment rights case

Monday, July 17, 2006

UK - Hot Workers' Dress Code

The TUC is today (Tuesday) launching its 'cool work' campaign as it urges employers in the UK to follow the lead of Japanese businesses and relax dress codes as the temperature rises.

Last year, in an attempt to reduce energy use, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi took off his tie and urged his country's workforce to leave their jackets and ties at home so that their employers could turn down the air conditioning or do away with it all together during their hot, humid summer.

The TUC believes that the best way for staff to keep cool inside when it's hot outside is for employees to be able to sport more casual attire in the office, perhaps coming in jacket and tie-less, or wearing shorts.

Hot workers urged to adopt cool Japanese summer dress code

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Australia - Employment Situation


Unemployment stays at 4.9%


Seasonally adjusted, the number of people in employment also rose by 52,000 to 10,194,200 in June.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

UK - Employment Situation

Unemployment rate rises again to 5.4% with increasing signs of employment slowdown.

Employment Statistics

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

South Africa/USA - Edcon deploys Human Capital Management platform

Softscape, the industry pioneer in people management technology, today announced that Edgars Consolidated Stores Ltd (Edcon), the leading clothing, footwear and textiles retailing group in South Africa, has deployed Softscape's Human Capital Management (HCM) platform, Softscape Apex(TM), to enable its strategic people management initiatives. Edcon can now more effectively manage their hiring activities, processing thousands of candidates each year.


Edcon, South Africa's Largest Credit Retailer, Improves HR Operations with Softscape's Human Capital Management Platform

UK/USA - Hewitt Outsources HR for Centrica

Under a seven-and-a-half-year contract (including a six-month transition period), Hewitt will provide a full range of HR BPO services, including workforce administration, payroll, customer service, reward management, performance management and succession planning to 30,000 Centrica employees in the UK.

Hewitt Associates to Provide HR BPO Services to UK's Centrica

UK - Employment Law Updates

July 10 2006 Enews

* High Court Challenge to Age Regulations
* Sick Pay Proposals Scrapped
* Calls for Equal Pay at Wimbledon

Saturday, July 08, 2006

USA - Employment Situation

Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that nonfarm payroll employment rose by 121,000 in June, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.6%.

US unemployment stays at 4.6%

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Australia - Individual Contracts

There is more evidence today of employees copping substantial pay cuts and losing basic conditions like award sick leave entitlements under the Howard Government's new AWA individual contracts, according to ACTU.

More Evidence Of Pay Cuts And Lost Conditions For Workers on AWAs

China - Employee Pension Program

Lenovo Group announced the establishment of a supplemental retirement plan for its employees in China. Lenovo is the first Chinese company to register its corporate pension program with China's Ministry of Labor & Social Security and one of the first in China's IT industry to establish a corporate pension program for its employees.

Lenovo Establishes Supplemental Retirement Plan for China Employees

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Australia - Australians More Ambitious Than Most

Results from a Robert Half Finance & Accounting International Workplace Survey show that thirty-eight per cent of Australian finance managers aspire to lead their company.


Australians More Ambitious Than Most

Monday, July 03, 2006

USA - Blended Learning, Zoologic Custom Courseware

Zoologic worked with NYLIM to create a custom curriculum of online courses to provide core training on investment types and fundamental investment principles. Upon completion of the curriculum, the goal was to blend Zoologic online courses seamlessly with a series of classroom training days, which was part of an overall in-house Investment Literacy Program designed by NYLIM.

New York Life Investment Management Increases Employee Skills Using Zoologic Courseware

Mergers and Acquisitions 2006

According to global M&A tracker FactSet Mergerstat, M&A spending worldwide reached over US$1.3 trillion through June 28 as a surge in mega-deals pushed the market ahead of last year's total of US$839.7 billion for the same period.

FactSet Mergerstat Release: Global M&A Wrap Up for the First Half of 2006

USA - Wellness

ValueOptions announced today the launch of an integrated cardiovascular/behavioral health initiative for its corporate customers. Titled "Heart and Mind Connections," the new training guide provides information, support and tools for applying a behavioral approach to preventing and managing heart disease, the number one killer of Americans and a leading cause of disability.

ValueOptions Links a Healthy Heart to Sound Mental Health

UK - Route to the top favours male, 50-something accountants

Finance is still the best route to the top, at least for internally-promoted FTSE CEOs, but international experience is increasingly important.

Route To The Top Favours Male, 50-something, Oxbridge-educated Accountants

Canada -Employee Engagement Check

Companies today don’t want just any energy from their employees - they want intelligent energy marked by focus, flow, passion and purpose. Think about your own personal energy level. Now put it together with the energy levels of those you work with and it begins to produce organizational energy.

Juice Check Engagement Tool Helps Avoid Employee Energy Crisis at Work

UK (Wales) - Discrimination at Work

Stonewall Cymru and the Wales TUC are launching an updated version of 'Discrimination at work - it's so over', an employee guide to the 2003 employment regulations relating to sexual orientation in the workplace.

Stonewall Cymru and the Wales TUC work together to protect lesbian, gay and bisexual employees

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Governments Should Be More Dynamic

New reports from the OECD say that if countries want to improve living standards and keep welfare systems functioning they urgently need to get more people into paid employment.

Governments Should Be More Dynamic