Articles by Aurélie Le Caignec

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Call to order: The right to strike is protected by the Supreme Court of Canada

On January 30, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada rendered a major decision on the constitutional freedom of association in the workplace. It has especially challenged a law adopted in 2008 in Saskatchewan which sought to restrict the right to strike of certain employees.   


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Is Generation Y different from others?

Aged 20 to 34 years old, Generation Y workers are often seen as different in their ap-proach to work. There are plenty of qualifiers to define then: flexible, social, technologi-cal...  But is this generation all that different? A Canadian study by the Deloitte firm has just reshuffled the deck a bit. 


Oddly enough

One third of employees have dated an office colleague

In Canada, romances often begin in the workplace. A recent study by the CareerBuilder job site confirms this state of affairs. And 26% of the time these relationships lead to marriage. 


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Will robotization change the labour market?

Is robotization at the point of jeopardizing our labour market? The open letter written by Guy Ryder, Director General of the International Labour Organization, gives pause for reflection. “Today, the disarray caused by the destructive potential, for millions of jobs, of new technologies has never been more profound,” he notes. “In the heart of a massive job crisis, technologies continue to reduce the workstations necessary for mass production, while automation of routine legal and accounting tasks hollow out this sector of the labour market even more.”


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Western Canada companies less confident than those in the East

While energy sector companies are showing a decline in confidence due to plunging oil prices, Canadian companies as a whole remain optimistic about their businesses, according to the Bank of Canada.    


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Unusual

Passionate”, “motivated”, “creative”: the 3 keywords most used by Canadians on LinkedIn As it does every year, LinkedIn has released the words and expressions most frequently used by users of its network in 2014. In Canada, candidates broadly put forward their passion and motivation in the work as much as their creative spirit. There are many twists to be overcome if they want to stand out from the crowd.   


Good to know

The solvency of pension plans is declining in 2014

For the first time in three years the solvency rate of defined benefit pension plans is declining, according to Aon Hewitt. On December 31, the rate was 90.6%, 2.7 points less than the previous year. 2014 started off well...


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Canadian start-ups woo Silicon Valley expatriates

Between 300,000 and 350,000 Canadian expats live in Silicon Valley. Today, a few Canadian start-ups seek to lure them back to the country by offering them executive roles. 


By the numbers

Two-thirds of Canadians believe that their job has changed their life

Canadian employees are often emotionally attached to their work, most often in a positive way. Yet this does not guarantee employee loyalty since nearly 40% of them would be willing to leave their current employer for a job which would change their life.


Call to order

Canadians’ sedentary lifestyle harmful to the country’s economy

The Conference Board of Canada has just published a report on the impact of the sedentary lifestyle in Canada. It reveals that Canadians are rather inactive. However, an improvement, even modest, of their level of activity would be beneficial to the country’s economy.


Oddly enough

Freezing Eggs: a New Benefit Offered by American Employers

Recently, Facebook offered their female employees the option of freezing their eggs, in addition to 4 months maternity leave and free meals. Seduced by the idea, Apple should follow. It is an idea that is not well liked by all women in the United States.


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Competitiveness: Canada lags behind in the digital ranks

Canadian companies have been too slow in adopting digital technologies. The consequence: according to the Internet Association, the country’s competitiveness in this field is being questioned and they are urging the Canadian government and companies to respond.  


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