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When can an employer require an alcohol screening test?

If there is no provision in the collective agreement, an employer may not unilaterally impose a mandatory, random and unannounced alcohol screening test. This is the decision just rendered by the Supreme Court of Canada in Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union, Local 30 vs. Irving Pulp & Paper.


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Young people and seniors: a difficult job search according to 8 Canadians out of 10

Finding a job the suits our expectations is more difficult for young people and seniors. At least this is what a great majority of Canadian workers think as interviewed by the last Workmonitor survey conducted by Randstad. 


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Three quarters of Canadians in favour of public health programs in the workplace

In its recent survey, Sanofi Canada spotlights many of Canadian workers’ expectations for health care: employer support, health promotion programs and workplace prevention actions.


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Canadian women still hitting the glass ceiling

Over the last twenty years, the proportion of women in managerial or executive positions has not really changed in Canada. Still confronted with attitudes, preferences and prejudices, Canadian women remain outside career advancement opportunities. This is what a survey conducted by the Conference Board of Canada found, conducted among 876 women and men across the country.


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6 out of 10 Alberta SMEs have no succession plan

If the recent study conducted by ATB Financial is to be believed, succession plans are not really a priority for Alberta SMEs. Perhaps wrongly, they prefer to focus on growing their business and personnel management. 


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Deloitte study about increasing opportunities for Aboriginal people in the workplace

  The Deloitte study Widening the circle: Increasing opportunities for Aboriginal people in the workplace, released last week, makes 10 recommendations to facilitate integration of Aboriginal people into the company. 


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Paid leave: Canada way behind

Where is Canada in terms of paid leave compared to its counterparts in the world? A study published by Hotels.com has clarified this point. It's next to last in the standings, with 15 days of vacations and holidays per year. 


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Employers should do more to hire persons with disabilities

According to a BMO survey, 80% of Canadians think that employers in the public and private sectors should put in place more actions to help disabled workers integrate into their workforce.


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Representation of women as top executives languishing

Women today hold 18% of senior management positions in FP500 companies. But in two yeas this proportion has not changed, if we are to believe the study conducted by Catalyst. 


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Women’s careers slowed by maternity

  The OECD has undertaken a study on the professional differences between men and women. In addition to the usual wage gaps and the difficulties for women to have access to higher positions in the company, it showed that maternity could have a negative impact on a career.


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Too much overtime?

  Projects to complete, demands for customer deliveries, reduced workforce during holiday periods... There are many motivations to accumulate overtime hours. However, be careful not to abuse them! Subject to regulation, overtime hours are sometimes practised a little too freely by companies on the edge being legal. And employees are not fooled, according to a study by the Kronos Institute.


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Fewer professional opportunities for women

  According to a recent report by the Catalyst Group, women see their career blocked by the fact that they do not have as good access as men to high visibility positions or to experience abroad. 


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