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Six months without missing a day enters hospital staff in draw • Americans logging more hours than Canadians • If I went back to college… • Stock market still hurting pension plans • Tip line catches overtime fraud • Ottawa eases up on entry rules for skilled immigrants
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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/06/2003

Six months without missing a day enters hospital staff in draw

Vancouver

— The Vancouver Coastal Health Authority will reward staff who go six months without calling in sick with a chance to win $300 in gift certificates. The plan to reduce absenteeism has critics, including the B.C. Nurses Union, questioning why any employer would create an incentive that encourages staff to come in sick. Such an incentive means sick workers can show up and infect other staff, actually driving up absenteeism. And in the case of a hospital there’s the added risk of passing an illness to patients, critics charge.

Americans logging more hours than Canadians

Ottawa