Friday, August 29, 2008

Canada - Manufacturing Labour Crisis

A Conference Board study has identified an impending labour crisis in Canada's manufacturing sector.

Labour Crisis In Manufacturing Sector

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Canada - Too Much Work?

We all seem to be working longer hours but does that mean we are working hard? The 'Hardest Working Canadians Study' conducted for Workopolis has identified the top three factors that determine hard work.

Are We Working Too Hard?

Canada - Manitoba Extends Workers Compensation Coverage

The number of industries covered by the Manitoba Workers Compensation Board will be increased from January 1, 2009.

Manitoba Extends Workers Compensation Coverage

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Global - Recruitment and Employer Branding

Recruiting practices need to be consistent with branding strategies or organizations risk missing out on top talent and potential revenue, according to a global study by Alexander Mann Solutions - and social media amplify the consequences.

Recruiting Practices and Employer Branding

USA - Older Workers Feel Shut Out

A study by Age Lessons, a Chicago-based intergenerational consulting firm, has identified workplace '3 Rs' that are keeping older workers up at night:

* fear of redundancy - layoffs or firings
* relevance - keeping skills current, and
* resentment from younger colleagues

Older Workers Feel Shut Out

USA - Phased Retirement Programs

A survey by global HR consulting and outsourcing company Hewitt Associates has shown that an increasing number of U.S. employers are considering implementing phased retirement programs to address an impending talent shortage as a quarter of the workforce nears retirement age.

Phased Retirement Programs

Sunday, August 24, 2008

UK - Trade Union Membership in Wales

The Department for Business has released figures showing trade union membership in Wales grew by nearly 6,000 members (1.5%) in 2007. This is greater than any other UK nation and reflects similar growth in the previous year.

Welsh Trade Union Membership Grows

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

USA - Job Search TV

A new cable TV channel launched in the Chicago area during July aims to reinvent job searching. Job Search Television Network (JSTN) is claimed to take want ads and on-line job boards to a new level by featuring the ‘company-behind-the-job’, offering more insight about companies and their available job openings. JSTN is also preparing expansion and plans to become a national network on Comcast.

Job Search TV

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

USA - Job Search Tips

7.7 million Americans were unemployed at the end of 2007, according to the Department of Labor. Out of these 7.7 million people, and with a questionable economic forecast, how are you going to make yourself stand out and get the job? With a few tips, you may find yourself with more options that you think.

Searching For Jobs When Times Are Hard, How To Make Yourself Stand Out

Monday, August 18, 2008

UK - Inappropriate Footwear

The TUC has produced 'Working feet and footwear', a new guide for footwear at work. The authors found that several large city institutions and upmarket retailers include slip-on shoes or high heels in their dress codes for female staff dealing with the public. These types of footwear can be uncomfortable and lead to long-term foot problems - especially when staff have to stand for prolonged periods.

TUC Attacks Inappropriate Footwear Codes