Most Workers Trust that Employers Protect Personal Info
Eighty-eight percent of employees are
confident their company protects their personal information from identity theft,
according to a survey by the American Payroll Association. The survey found that
employees are confident in the current methods used by employers to secure
sensitive information such as social security numbers, wages and salaries, and
bank account numbers.
Telecommuting: Boon Or Bane?
The last time telecommuting was encouraged by
employers was during the 1970s, due to the oil crisis and economic recession,
said Susan Ascher, president and CEO of The Ascher Group, a national provider of
human resources contract professionals and a specialist on workplace and job
Stop a Harper Majority, CAW Urges
The CAW is urging its members to get involved
in the federal election campaign. The union is moving ahead with campaign
materials that include a series of election town hall meetings, fact sheets and
an election factbook on its newly redesigned website.
Disputes Inquiry Board makes recommendations for power plant labour dispute
Edmonton... A Disputes Inquiry Board appointed to help reach a collective
agreement for 448 workers at three Alberta power plants, has made its
recommendations in a report to Employment and Immigration Minister Hector
Report: Economy Is Weakening Job Candidates' Bargaining Power
According to a new report, the current state of the U.S. economy is "casting a
shadow on the psyches of job candidates," as they have become less aggressive
when it comes to bargaining for starting salaries when looking for a new job.
Many Job Prospects Torpedoed by Information on Social Networking Sites
Thirty-four percent of hiring managers who admit that they have screened job
candidates via social networking profiles say that they found content that
caused them to dismiss a candidate from consideration, according to a survey by
30% of Employers Don't Update Employees on Financial Results
Thirty percent of employers say they either
never update employees or keep their employees "in the dark" on financial
results, according to a recent survey on HR.BLR.com and Compensation.BLR.com.
CAW Supports the Windsor University Faculty Association (WUFA)
Windsor area CAW locals are giving their full
support to striking faculty at the University of Windsor. The faculty has been
on strike since 2 a.m. on September 17. "We have excellent relations with WUFA
and their leadership and will provide whatever assistance they request," said
CAW National President Ken Lewenza.
PA Clean Indoor Air Act Goes
Effective September 11, 2008, the Clean
Indoor Air Act (SB 246) prohibits smoking in most public places and workplaces,
including restaurants. "Public places" are defined as places where the public is
invited or permitted, including public transportation vehicles and terminals and
vehicles for hire.
Poll: Upper Management Is #1 HR Headache
Who causes the most headaches for human
resources professionals? According to the combined results of a recent
HR.BLR.com/Compensation.BLR.com poll, it's upper management. When asked
"What/who gives you the most headaches in your HR job?," nearly 1 in 3 (31
percent) responded "Upper management."
Court Refuses to Halt Gun Law
Florida employers will be expected to comply
with the employment-related provisions of the state's controversial "Bring your
Guns to Work" law, Chapter 2008-7 of the Laws of 2008, now that a federal judge
has refused to halt their operation. Two prominent employer groups, the Florida
Retail Federation and the Florida Chamber of Commerce, had challenged the law in
federal court, claiming that it conflicts with the U.S.
There's New Guidance on Religious Bias
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
recently issued a lengthy and informative new set of guidelines to help
employers avoid charges of religious discrimination. The information comes at a
time when such employee claims have risen sharply and religious diversity is
increasing across the country. We asked BLR Legal Editor Joan Farrell to talk
with us about this latest guidance.
Is Employer Liable for Injuries in Workplace Robbery?
Under what circumstances is an employer
liable for an employee's injuries sustained during a workplace robbery? Does it
matter if the same workplace was also robbed twice in the recent past? The Ohio
Court of Appeals recently faced that question.
Group Drops State Ballot Fight for Paid Sick Days
Organizers of a paid sick leave initiative in
Ohio have dropped their effort to have it appear on the ballot in November.
Ohioans for Healthy Families, the coalition of labor groups and other
organizations that pushed for the ballot initiative, said they would fight for
paid sick leave on a national level instead.
Investment in international educational opportunities for students
Students at Fanshawe College of Applied Arts
and Technology will have greater opportunities to study and learn new skills
abroad through a new international student exchange project sponsored by the
Government of Canada announced by Joe Preston, Member of Parliament for
Elgin-Middlesex-London, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of
Human Resources and Social Development.
The Government of Canada continues Employment Insurance pilot projects
Mr. Rick Dykstra, Member of Parliament for
St. Catharines, responded to the announcement from the Honourable Monte Solberg,
Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, that the Government is
continuing three Employment Insurance (EI) pilot projects to further assess
New Tool Offers Tips for Greener Workplaces
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has
created a new online tool to provide Americans with tips and information on how
to save energy and protect the environment in the workplace. Energy use in
commercial buildings and manufacturing plants accounts for nearly half of U.S.
greenhouse gas emissions and nearly 50 percent of energy consumption nationwide.
The Government of Canada
supports career opportunities in agriculture
Mr. Pierre Lemieux, Member of Parliament for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, on
behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social
Development, announced funding to promote career opportunities in the
6 in 10 HR Professionals
Think They're Underpaid
Well over half of human resources professionals believe that they are underpaid,
according to the combined results of a recent HR.BLR.com/Compensation.BLR.com
poll. When asked "How do you feel about your pay?," 60 percent responded "I am
underpaid." Meanwhile, 38 percent responded "I am paid just about the right
amount." Just 2 percent responded "I am overpaid."
New agreement on training and
The Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Secretary of State (Small Business and Tourism),
on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and
Social Development, and the Honourable Hector Goudreau, Minister of Employment
and Immigration for Alberta, signed a new agreement to help Alberta workers
improve their skills, and to prepare them for the jobs of the future.
Old Age Security benefit
rates effective October 1, 2008
Human Resources and Social Development Canada has announced the latest benefit
rates for Old Age Security (OAS). As of October 1, 2008, the basic OAS pension,
paid to people 65 years of age and over, will be $516.96 per month. This is an
increase of 2.2 per cent over the previous quarter.
Mandatory Training, Fines for
ID Theft Exposure
the wake of identity theft scandals, two Texas employers, a healthcare provider
and a retailer, have now entered agreements with Texas Attorney General Greg
Abbott which require them to undertake mandatory employee training annually for
the next 5 years.
Former NFL Player Offers
Rich Thompson, a former professional football player, is currently vice
president of training and development at Adecco. In a recent interview with
BLR's Training Forum newsletter, he addressed the questions: Did you ever have
to deal with heckling football fans, and did that experience teach you anything
about engaging skeptics during training?
E-Verify: What Federal
Contractors Need to Know
accordance with an executive order signed on June 6 by President Bush, all
organizations working under contract to the federal government are required to
use the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) E-Verify system to check that
new hires are eligible to work in the U.S.
Sexual Harassment Policy =
Protection from Liability?
an employer maintains a sexual harassment policy and an employee doesn't use it,
is the employer then exonerated from liability for sexual harassment? A federal
court sitting in Pennsylvania recently faced that issue.
New Guidance on Performance
and Conduct Issues Under ADA
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has published a guide
addressing how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to a wide
variety of performance and conduct issues.
Minister Blackburn recognizes contribution of
Canadian workers on Labour Day
On September 1, workers in Canada
celebrate Labour Day. The Honourable Jean Pierre Blackburn, Minister of
Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the
Regions of Quebec, wishes to acknowledge the contribution of all workers
to the well-being of our country.
Study: Good Leadership = Better Employee Health
Researchers have found a link between
good leadership and increased employee well-being, including decreased
sick leave and disability, reports the Journal of Occupational and
US Justice Dept. Drops Controversial Tactics for
Prosecuting Corporate Fraud
The Department of Justice has revised
its guidelines for prosecuting corporate fraud by halting two
controversial tactics that were aimed at ensuring greater cooperation from
employers during investigations.
More Employers Helping Employees Deal with Gas
More than 40 percent of employers have
taken steps to help employees deal with higher gas prices this year, up
from 25 percent in 2005, according to a poll on HR.BLR.com and
The Government of Canada helps open doors to higher
It's getting easier to keep learning!
Canadians interested in pursuing post-secondary education will now have
access to more opportunities then ever, as details of the recent changes
to student financial assistance were unveiled.
Workplace Fatalities Dip
A total of 5,488 fatal workplace
injuries were recorded in the United States in 2007, a decrease of 6
percent from the revised total of 5,840 fatal work injuries reported for
2006, according to a report by the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor
Feds Arrest 595 in Immigration Raid at Employer
U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) special agents arrested 595 individuals this week at
Howard Industries, Inc., in Laurel, Mississippi, after executing a federal
criminal search warrant and a civil search warrant.
Government funds innovative new program to tackle
labour shortages in the mining industry
Canada's Government is taking action
with an innovative new program to address the projected shortage of up to
92,000 workers in the mining sector. The Honourable Gordon O'Connor,
Minister of National Revenue, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg,
Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, announced a project
that will help employers in the mining industry access untapped labour
Health Company Promotes
Walking, but with a 'Green' Twist
American Specialty Health (ASH), a
provider of employee health solutions, recently challenged its own
workforce to better its own well-being. Nearly 370 employees participated
in "Go Green with Your Routine," which was designed to boost wellness and
environmentally friendly physical activity.
Poll: More than Half of
Workers Think They Are Underpaid
Workers are more likely to say they are
underpaid for the work they do than say they are paid appropriately for
the work they do, according to a Gallup Poll. The poll found that 51
percent of workers claimed they are underpaid for the work they do,
compared with 46 percent of workers who say they are paid about the right
amount for the work they do.
How many bogus documents can a single
diploma mill sell? A lot. The Justice Department says a diploma mill in
the state of Washington sold more than $6.2 million in fraudulent academic
documents to more than 9,000 individuals.
Is 'You're Too Young to
Retire' Age Bias?
A long-time Iowa math teacher applied
to take advantage of her school system's early retirement
incentives--continued group rates for healthcare coverage and a large
deposit into a savings account. However, the incentives offered for the
2004-2005 school year required that she turn 55 by June 30, 2005. Thereby
hangs this tale.
Changes Proposed for H-2B Worker Program
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
Services (USCIS) has proposed a series of changes to the rules under the
H-2B program, saying the revisions would streamline procedures for hiring
workers. The proposed rule, which has been sent to the Federal Register,
supplements the reforms of the H-2B program already proposed by the
Department of Labor in its proposed rule published on May 22.
Maternity Leave for
Men? MA Agency Explains
The Massachusetts Commission Against
Discrimination (MCAD), the agency that enforces the state's
anti-discrimination laws, recently announced a new interpretation of the
Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act (MMLA), which requires employers of six
or more to offer 8 weeks of unpaid leave to women after the birth or
adoption of a child.
Report: Nearly Half of
Web Traffic in Workplace Is Non-Work-Related
Web security provider ScanSafe has
released a report that says 49 percent of the corporate Internet traffic
that the company scanned was non-productive, such as requests for
gambling, music, and Webmail sites.
Canada's Government and Saskatchewan improving the temporary foreign worker
The Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social
Development, and the Honourable Rob Norris, Saskatchewan Minister of Advanced
Education, Employment and Labour, announced that Canada's Government and the
Government of Saskatchewan are working together on several fronts to make
improvements to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
Building an employment brand: Responsibilities of a HR executive
A great work place
is where each one of us wants to find ourselves in. But which is the right
place? Your prospective employee will also have this question in his mind. If
you want your company name to pop up in his mind, get ready, you have a great
deal of work to do - Build an employment brand for your company.
Workday Trends Blur Overtime Rules
What is overtime
and who is entitled to get paid for it? It's a heated question that has set off
alarms for employers and spawned hundreds of lawsuits in courts nationwide. And
it will only get more attention as employers squeeze productivity from workers
and lawyers cash in on the most lucrative area of employment litigation.
Poll Shows Support for Cell Phone Restrictions
of Americans say that businesses should be allowed to restrict cell phone use,
according to a recent poll. The poll was based on a report in the issue of
Parade magazine describing how many hospitals and doctors' offices are
prohibiting cell phones in waiting rooms, and how some restaurants and other
venues are charging customers who disturb others by chatting.
Tips to Green Your Office
More and more
companies are jumping on the "green" bandwagon as they see eco-conscious
consumers taking steps to live more environmentally sustainable lifestyles.
Companies are now finding that being eco-friendly puts them at a competitive
Higher Gas Prices Lead to Greater Use of Mass Transit
Higher gas prices
have fueled a significant increase in the use of public transportation,
according to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). During the
first 3 months of 2008, Americans took 2.6 billion trips on public
transportation--an increase of 85 million compared to the same time period in
2007, according to the organization.
Reverse Religious Discrimination Nets Worker $6.5 Million
discrimination lawsuits typically involve situations where an employee was
refused an accommodation, such as time off, for religious purposes, or
discriminated against because of their particular religious beliefs or
practices. But a recent case in which an employee won a multimillion-dollar
verdict from a Sacramento jury puts a different spin on the problem of religious
Workers Cut Back to Buy Gas for Commute
Forty-seven percent of workers who
say they drive to work report that they have had to give up something in order
to afford the gas needed for their commute, according to an online survey.
CAW President says Harper inaction on manufacturing job
loss is appalling and shameful
CAW President Buzz Hargrove considers
the announcement of 55,000 manufacturing job losses in the month of July
absolutely devastating. The latest figures, released by Statistics Canada on
August 8, are one of the worst monthly job loss totals for Canadian
manufacturing on record. Hargrove points the finger directly at the Harper
Internet Potential in India : India's foray into
India was a latecomer to the Internet
owing to low PC penetration, lack of infrastructure and high Internet costs.
This scenario changed soon enough, and Internet usage grew at an exponential
rate. Cyber cafes played a key role in making the Internet accessible, which
helped a great deal.
Who Wants to Keep Their Job?
A recent survey identified which
industries have the greatest percentage of workers who would prefer to remain
with their current employer. The survey, conducted among 3,342 employees by
global consultants BlessingWhite asked the following question: "Assuming you
have a choice, do you plan to remain with your organization through the 2008
6 Reasons Background Checks Are Essential
CheckPoint HR, LLC, has released a
list of reasons employers should make background checks a standard practice in
their hiring process. "By hiring a new employee, you are entrusting them with
your company and your clients," said Michelle Moylan, HR Specialist for
CheckPoint HR. "Therefore it's your corporate responsibility to ensure a safe
work environment and protect your company's assets"
Steady on Benefits, Despite Economy
The latest edition of an
annual study of employee benefits offerings reveals some revealing and
surprising trends. "There has been surprising stability in many of the
practices, policies, and programs of U.S. employers over the past 10 years,"
according to Families and Work Institute president and founder Ellen Galinsky in
announcing the recently released 10th edition of the Institute's "National Study
of Employers (NSE)."
Appointment to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic
Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, announced the
appointment of Mr. Sylvester Wong as governor representing the Northwest
Territories on the Council of Governors of the Canadian Centre for Occupational
Health and Safety Board (CCOHS), effective immediately.
Labour Force Survey
Following gains at the
beginning of 2008, and little change from April to June, employment dropped by
55,000 in July. The unemployment rate edged down 0.1 percentage points to 6.1%,
as many people, particularly youth, left the labour force.
Study: Bored Employee More Disgruntled than
employees have more of a negative effect on employers than overworked employees,
according to research by Sirota Survey Intelligence. Employees who report having
"too little work" have by far lower job satisfaction, sense of accomplishment,
and pride in their employers compared with all other workers, according to the
research, which is based on a survey of more than 1 million employees.
Ten Biggest Telecommuting Mistakes
As gas prices hit record highs and worries rise about the
prospect of gas at over $5 a gallon, companies can expect to face
increased pressure to consider telecommuting. But before they do, Karol
Rose, author of five books on human resources issues and an executive with
a Web-based provider of workplace flexibility solutions, warns both
individuals and companies to avoid the following mistakes.
Demand for HR Execs on the Rise as Economy Slows
Demand for human resource executives is on the rise,
according to a report by JobFox. Human resource executives are now the
25th most wanted profession, according to the Jobfox rankings report for
June. Recruiting/staffing professionals ranked 24th--the
second-consecutive month that recruiters have held this position.
Google Top Choice for MBA Students
MBA students have chosen Google as their most ideal
employer for the second year in a row in a survey by Universum. The survey
found that the top 5 choices for MBA students are: Google (23.65 percent
of respondents) McKinsey & Company's (15.84 percent) Goldman Sachs (14.98
percent) Apple (13.68 percent) The Boston Consulting Group (12.12
Diversity at CTV Inc. and the Toronto Region
Immigrant Employment Council
The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Labour
and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions
of Quebec, is in Toronto to recognize two organizations that have achieved
great success in promoting diversity in the workforce - CTV Inc. and the
Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC).
Minister Blackburn renders his decision on Air
The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Labour
and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions
of Quebec, rendered a decision not to grant Air Canada a waiver from the
group termination provisions of the Canada Labour Code, in the event that
group terminations take place at Air Canada on November 1, 2008.
Government of Canada Helps New Canadians Get Jobs
Skilled workers who are new to Canada will get the help
they need to integrate into the workforce and their communities through a
new project funded by the Government of Canada. Senator Hugh Segal
announced on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human
Resources and Social Development, an investment of over $800,000, in
partnership with the Maytree Foundation.
A Key to
Staying Safe While Working in the Heat: Acclimatization
One of the best defenses against heat-related illnesses and fatalities is
allowing employees to acclimate to the heat, says the California Division
of Occupational Safety and Health, also known as Cal/OSHA. Letting workers
to adjust to changes in weather by gradually increasing their exposure and
physical activity likely reduces the risk of heat-related issues, the
New Program to Better
Protect Canadian Workers
The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn,
Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of
Canada for the Regions of Quebec, announced that the Wage Earner
Protection Program (WEPP) is now in force. The program will protect
workers' wages when their employer is declared bankrupt or is subject to
GM to lay off
General Motors Corp. will lay off
salaried workers, cut truck production, suspend its dividend and borrow $2
billion to $3 billion to weather a severe downturn in the U.S. market.
Benefits to Help Employees with Rising Gas Costs
More employers are offering
telecommuting, flexible schedules, and other benefits to help employees
offset the costs of rising gas prices, but few employers are increasing
pay to help employees, according to a survey by the Society for Human
creates talent gaps
Global Survey of 4,741 Executives in 83
Countries, Conducted by the Boston Consulting Group and the World
Federation of Personnel Management Associations, Identifies HR Priorities
of Today and the Future.
Workplace Injury rate
down by 20%
Ontario Government Introduces New Plan
To Build On Success Ontario has achieved a 20 per cent reduction in the
annual rate of workplace injuries. To build on this success, Ontario is
launching a new four year plan--Safe At Work Ontario.
Air Canada to lay off
632 flight attendants
The union representing Air Canada's
flight attendants said its members are bearing a disproportionate burden
as Canada's largest airline announced 632 in-flight workers in Vancouver,
Winnipeg and Halifax will lose their jobs in November as it chops capacity
in the face of soaring fuel costs.
Bush Signs Bill
Barring Genetic Bias
President Bush has signed into law the
Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) that protects the
confidentiality of individual genetic information. Under the law, "genetic
information" is defined to include information about an individual's
genetic tests, genetic tests of family members, and a disease or disorder
in the family. GINA applies to both insurers and employers.