2009 federal budget contains several HR-related measures for employers (Guest commentary)

Budget contains changes to pensions, apprenticeships, EI and other programs
By C. Ian Genno and James Pierlot
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/19/2009

The federal budget tabled on Jan. 27 proposes a broad range of new spending programs and personal income tax reductions — and includes several HR-related measures of interest to employers.

Employment insurance

The budget proposes EI changes to provide further support to workers who are displaced by current economic conditions. From an HR perspective, the EI proposals provide an opportunity for employers to take greater advantage of work-sharing arrangements, and offer assurance of EI premium stability through 2010.