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HR Unplugged: A conversation with Jodi Kovitz, the new leader of the HRPA

Talent Canada had the opportunity to sit down with Kovitz at the HRPA's 2023 HR Summit for a wide-ranging discussion on her role, what’s happening in workplaces and the future of the profession.

Engineer regulator drops Canadian experience qualification in Ontario

Labour Minister Monte McNaughton says the province's regulator for professional engineers has dropped the requirement, which he calls a "game changer'' for qualified immigrant engineers that will help fill roughly 7,000 vacant positions.

Ottawa announces new trusted traveller program to speed up airport lines

The federal government is rolling out a revamp of its trusted-traveller program to help clear clogged airports as the summer travel season kicks off.

ACSESS honours best in Canadian staffing industry, Randstad takes home multiple awards

The Association of Canadian Search, Employment & Staffing Services (ACSESS) has announced the winners of its 2023 staffing industry awards.

Telus offering buyouts after investing in customer service tech, self serve options

The Vancouver-based telecommunications company says in a statement that the buyouts come as a result of significant investments it's made in customer service technology and self-serve options for customers.

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Tech, sustainability key to attracting young talent to an evolving agriculture sector

Canada's farmers are getting older, and most don't have a clear succession plan, leaving a big question over who will take over the agriculture sector as a wave of retirements loom. » Read More...

Labour board dismisses employee's workplace investigation appeal

A recent Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) case, Erin MacKenzie v Orkestra SCS Inc., 2023 CanLII 13891, is an important reminder that, while employers should be responsive when dealing with employees who make workplace harassment complaints, they do not necessarily need to comply with the employee’s demands to change how a workplace investigation is to be conducted. » Read More...

Weight watching, injury dangers, caustic feedback add to mental health woes for horse racing jockeys

Canadian horse-racing legend Eurico Rosa da Silva was in a dark place. On the track, the jockey in his early 30s was winning races and making money. At home, he was fighting suicidal thoughts every day. » Read More...

Belgian unions demonstrate in Brussels to demand better worker protection

Almost 20,000 Belgian trade union members mounted a demonstration on Monday to protest what they see as increasingly bad working conditions and the erosion of their right to strike. » Read More...

Tesla lawyers want court to reconsider Musk tweet deemed 'threat' amid labour dispute

Three judges on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, in a March ruling, upheld a National Labor Relations Board order that the tweet be deleted. The panel also upheld an order that a fired Tesla employee be rehired with back pay. » Read More...


Canada’s Modern Slavery Act is the start — not the end — of efforts to address the issue in supply chains

On May 3, Canada passed legislation aimed at addressing modern slavery — a term that typically encompasses forced labour, bonded labour and child labour — in supply chains. By doing so, Canada has joined a growing list of nations that have introduced this type of legislation. » Read More...

Girls are in crisis — and their mental health needs to be taken seriously

An article in the Washington Post recently declared “a crisis in American girlhood.” Girls in the United States are experiencing alarmingly higher rates of sexual assault, mental health issues and suicidality than ever before. » Read More...

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