News briefsEarlier retirements in public sector • Saskatchewan needs aggressive immigration plan • Nurses abusing maternity leave • New president-elect for Canada’s HR councilBy 10/06/2003|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/28/2003 Earlier retirements in public sectorOttawa — Public-sector workers are retiring almost four years earlier than people in the private sector, while most self-employed are continuing to work until the age of 65, according to Statistics Canada, which compared retirement trends from the period 1997 to 2001 with those between 1992 and 1996. It found the overall median age of retirement fell to 60.8 years from 62. In the public sector, the median retirement age in 1997-2001 was 57.6 years versus 61.7 in the private sector. The lower retirement age in the public sector may be due to early retirement provisions common in teacher and other public-sector employee plans. Saskatchewan needs aggressive immigration planSaskatoon To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.