News briefsQuebec to scale back mandated training • Workplace smoking bans have half kicking habit • Attracting professionals for remote areas • What others are offering Canadian nurses • Oil producers draft HR plan • More Health and safety officers • Immigrant salaries going down • The cost of work-life stressBy 11/03/2003|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/11/2003 Quebec to scale back mandated trainingQuebec City — Quebec’s new Liberal government is proposing to roll back the one-per-cent training levy for small businesses by exempting organizations with less than $1 million in annual payroll. The Act to Foster the Development of Manpower Training, in effect since 1996, requires firms with payrolls of $250,000 or more to invest one per cent of payroll in employee training. Firms that fail to invest must pay into a training and development fund. If the proposed changes are adopted, they will be in effect before the new year. The proposal would exempt about 24,000 businesses or more than two-thirds of organizations now under the law.Workplace smoking bans have half kicking habitWinnipeg 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.