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  Recent changes to Canada's standard 12-month parental leave have renewed public interest in family-friendly benefits, as new parents now have the option to stretch their parental leave to 18 months. For a select group of progressive employers, however, generous parental leave is just part of a comprehensive effort to help employees balance their family commitments outside work.  The leaders in this...
OTTAWA, March 21, 2018  /CNW/ - The excellent work of Paramount Fine Foods in developing partnerships and creating a program to train and certify newcomers to work in the food and hospitality sector was recognized today by the Government of Canada. The Greater Toronto-area business was congratulated today by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen  as one of the...
Service Canada employees who interact with the public are being asked to stay away from terms like Mr., Mrs., father and mother, and to use gender-neutral terms in their place, CBC News has learned. According to documents obtained by Radio Canada, the French-language arm of CBC, front-line staff must now "use gender-neutral language or gender-inclusive language." "This avoids portraying a perceived bias toward a particular sex or...
With the 2014 introduction of  The Saskatchewan Employment Act , and the repeal of  The Occupational Health and Safety Act , fines for workplace fatalities in Saskatchewan rose to a maximum of $1.5 million for a corporation, and up to $500,000 for an individual. This follows a trend across the country that has seen an increase in the maximum possible fines for workplace injuries over the past number of years. And courts are imposing...
KUUJJUAQ, QC ,  Feb. 20, 2018  /CNW/ - Building a strong middle class means giving  Canada's  youth the tools they need to find and keep good jobs. Today,  Yvonne Jones , Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced a new project that will give youth...
(NC) When striving to maintain optimal overall health, it's imperative to instill good habits into your busy work schedule, which can also make you happier and more productive. Plan for success by following these six tips and tricks to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Stay hydrated.  Start your day off with a glass of water, staying hydrated improves your rate weight maintenance, mood and energy levels. Tip: keep a water bottle on your...
(NC) If not earning enough money is among your top reasons for not saving, think again. A recent survey from CIBC revealed that the most Canadians admit they could get by with less each month — on average $360 less — before feeling the pinch. What's more, almost two-thirds get roughly $2,300 of extra money each year as cash gifts, employer bonuses and tax refunds. The problem is that few of us put the money away before we...
Residents in Thunder Bay, Ont. had the chance to be a soldier for a day and learn what it's like to be a part of the Canadian Armed Forces, at a special event on Tuesday.  Unit recruiter for 38 Signal Regiment, Cody Noyle has been a part of the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment for the past 10 years and has seen first hand the benefits of joining the task force. "I joined through the co-op program locally here in...
Spring weather may still be about two months off for most Canadians, but tax season is upon us. It’s the time of year when you tell the government what you made last year, how much of it you paid in tax, and hope that you’ll get a little something back. Tax season can be stressful, and not only for those expecting a big tax bill. Just getting the paperwork right can be daunting. To make the whole process a little easier,...
(NC) Landing a permanent position is becoming much tougher in today's competitive economy. One way for young people to get their foot in the door is an internship, where they learn key skills and experience. If you are or know a recent graduate or student planning on an internship next semester, here are some tips to help them make the most of the position. 1. Try a smaller organization.  Smaller and medium-sized companies can often...
Unemployment isn't easy for anyone, regardless of their age. But unemployed men and women over 50 may find it especially difficult to find work. Whether it's a byproduct of age-related discrimination or any of a host of additional variables, jobless older workers often struggle to find work. In a 2016 analysis of government figures, the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis at the New School estimated that the jobless rate for...
In the coming year, the fundamental changes we're already seeing in networking technology will create equal — and positive — change for the professionals who build and run networks. As I discussed in  "Why web-scale is the future,"  over the past year, we’ve seen more organizations embrace it as the “go-to” model for flexible, resilient and on-demand infrastructure. Gartner predicts that by 2020,...