Ottawa abolishes mandatory retirement; Moderate hiring climate for first quarter
01/16/2012|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/10/2012
Ottawa abolishes mandatory retirement
OTTAWA — The government of Canada has overturned mandatory retirement legislation for federally regulated employers. It has repealed sections of the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Canada Labour Code that permit employers to force employees to retire once they reach a certain age, regardless of their ability to do the job. The repeal of the mandatory retirement provisions in Canadian law was contained in the Budget Implementation Act, which has received royal assent.
Moderate hiring climate for first quarter
TORONTO — Employers expect the hiring climate to remain moderate for the first quarter of 2012, according to Manpower’s Employment Outlook Survey. The survey of 1,900 employers found the net employment outlook — with seasonal variations taken into account — is 15 per cent. This is a slight improvement from the outlook reported in the previous quarter. Employers in Western Canada anticipate the strongest hiring climates for the first quarter of the year with a net 16 per cent employment outlook.