Harper’s victory could be win for employers

Employers need action, steady policies – not volatility: BC HRMA
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/29/2008

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government made several promises before the federal election on Oct. 14 that affect employers, from giving self-employed people access to employment insurance (EI) parental benefits to lowering taxes for small businesses to a new incentive for apprenticeships.

But will the Conservatives come through with employer-friendly policies when they are faced with yet another minority mandate combined with a mounting economic crisis?

“This government, if its past approach to governing is any indication, will look for guidance from the platform and implement that,” said Stephen Rotstein, director of government relations and general counsel for the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) in Toronto. “Both this government and even the opposition parties are looking at areas such as the skills shortage as a key area to take action.”