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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.