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Ottawa should address AI's impact on worker rights, privacy: parliamentary report

A parliamentary committee is outlining ways the federal government can better prepare for the impact of artificial intelligence on the Canadian labour force. That includes assessing whether federal labour legislation has the capacity to protect workers' rights as AI technology is adopted.

B.C. government networks hit by 'sophisticated cybersecurity incidents': Eby

British Columbia Premier David Eby said last week that the province had identified "sophisticated cybersecurity incidents" involving government networks. A government source later said the incidents were related to a directive to all provincial employees early last week that they should immediately change their passwords.

Ontario’s need for nurses, PSWs to top 33K and 50K by 2032: document

Ontario will need 33,200 more nurses and 50,853 more personal support workers by 2032, the government projects — figures it tried to keep secret but were obtained by The Canadian Press. The government recently won a fight in front of the Information and Privacy Commissioner to keep those figures under wraps after denying access to them to Global News following a freedom-of-information request from the outlet.


National unemployment rate stays steady in April at 6.1 per cent: Statistics Canada

Canada's unemployment rate was unchanged in April, sitting at 6.1 per cent, as employment increased by 90,000 in the month, according to Statistics Canada. » Read More...

Public service unions promise 'summer of discontent' over in-office policy

Public service unions say they'll launch further legal challenges and grievances over new rules that federal employees must work from the office at least three days a week. The unions are promising a "summer of discontent" over the policy, which was announced by the federal government earlier this month. » Read More...

Major agricultural firm sues California over farmworker unionization law

One of California's most influential agricultural companies filed a lawsuit Monday against the state to stop a contentious law to help farmworkers unionize that Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom reluctantly signed two years ago after pressure from the White House. The action by the Wonderful Co. comes as it battles the United Farm Workers over a newly formed UFW local of 640 workers at one of its businesses. » Read More...

PR executive reportedly departs China's Baidu after comments glorifying overwork draw backlash

A top Baidu public relations executive has reportedly departed the Chinese technology company after she drew public outcry over her comments that were seen as glorifying a culture of overwork. Baidu’s head of communications Qu Jing had implied in a series of videos that she was not concerned about her employees as she was “not their mom” and said she only cared about results. » Read More...

Alabama lawmakers approve tax breaks for businesses that help employees afford child care

Last week Alabama lawmakers gave final approval to legislation to provide state tax breaks to businesses that help their employees afford childcare. The Alabama Senate voted 31-0 for the bill that now goes to Gov. Kay Ivey for her signature. Supporters said that childcare costs are a barrier for many parents considering returning to the workforce. » Read More...

Court rules North Carolina Catholic school could fire gay teacher who announced his wedding online

A Catholic school in North Carolina had the right to fire a gay teacher who announced his marriage on social media a decade ago, a federal appeals court ruled last week, reversing a judge's earlier decision. » Apply Now


Can I take your order – and your data? The hidden reason retailers are replacing staff with AI bots

You might have seen viral videos of Wendy’s drive-thru customers in the United States ordering their fast food from the firm’s generative AI bot Wendy’s FreshAI. Most show a very human-like transaction punctuated with cries of amazement at how fast, accurate and polite the system is. While the system and others like it are in their infancy, and some still rely heavily on human assistance, retailers are investing huge sums in AI to replace human workers. Why the rush to automate? » Read More...

Leadership transparency alone doesn’t guarantee employees will speak up in the workplace

Leaders are often encouraged to be open, authentic and vulnerable at work. Employees are similarly told their voices matter in the workplace and to speak up when they need to. But, being open and honest at work is not always as straightforward as these messages suggest. What these invitations for honesty don’t fully acknowledge is that speaking up is an act of confidence, bolstered by a steady reserve of self-worth. For many people, speaking one’s truth or revealing one’s honest thoughts and feelings can be a nerve-wracking experience because it leaves them exposed to judgment, ridicule and rejection. » Read More...


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