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Anti-bullying legislation tabled in B.C. | Westjet named ‘most attractive’ employer | Labour blasts changes to temporary foreign worker program | Youth unemployment remains high: ILO | 1 in 10 lie on resumé: U.S. survey | Lingerie employee fired for being ‘too hot’
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/05/2012

Anti-bullying legislation tabled in B.C.

VICTORIA — British Columbia has tabled amendments to Bill 14 that will expand the definition of violence and require employers to have formal prevention plans. As part of the changes, WorkSafeBC is consulting with stakeholders and working on a policy on bullying and harassment. It will also develop a prevention tool kit for employers and workers. Under Bill 14, workers’ compensation will be expanded to include diagnosed mental disorders caused by significant work-related stressors, including bullying and harassment.

Westjet named ‘most attractive’ employer

CALGARY — WestJet Airlines has won the 2012 Randstad Award as Canada’s most attractive employer. The Calgary-based airline was tops in a survey of more than 7,000 Canadians. Respondents lauded the airline for offering a pleasant work atmosphere and interesting job content. Rounding out the top five were ArcelorMittal, Pratt & Whitney, IBM and Molson Coors and Bombardier (tied for fifth place). To see all 94 companies on the list, see article #13116.

Labour blasts changes to temporary foreign worker program

OTTAWA — Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) that fast-track employer applications and allow migrant workers to be paid up to 15 per cent less are unfair and misguided, according to labour leaders. Ottawa is letting employers use foreign workers as “pawns to drive down wages and conditions of work,” said Gil McGowan, president of the Alberta Federation of Labour (AFL), and too many employers are using TFWP as a first choice, rather than a last resort. Hassan Yussuff, secretary-treasurer of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), said the changes send the message the government believes migrant workers are not equal.

Youth unemployment remains high: ILO

geneva — The job market for young workers (ages 15 to 24) continues to be dismal worldwide, according to a report from the International Labour Organization (ILO). More than one in 10 youth (12.6 per cent) were unemployed in 2011 and that figure is expected to rise to 12.7 per cent in 2012. And there is little hope on the horizon — by 2016, the youth unemployment rate is projected to remain at the same high level, according to Global Employment Trends for Youth 2012. The report also raised alarm bells about youth who are trapped in temporary jobs or low-productivity work that doesn’t offer an opportunity to move to more permanent and better-paid positions. In Canada, youth unemployment stood at 13.9 per cent in April, according to Statistics Canada.

1 in 10 lie on resumé: U.S. survey

NEW YORK — Eight per cent of people admit to embellishing or exaggerating information on their resumés, according to a survey of 1,000 Americans by legal information website, part of Thomson Reuters. The consequences of doing so can be severe, as seen with the recent resignation of Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson, who misrepresented his education on his resumé. More than one-quarter (27 per cent) of people who admitted padding their resumés said they subsequently lost their job when the false information was discovered.

Lingerie employee fired for being ‘too hot’

NEW YORK — A New Jersey woman claims she was fired from a temporary job at a lingerie warehouse because her male employers felt she was dressed too provocatively. Lauren Odes said her Orthodox Jewish employers at Native Intimates told her her clothing was “too hot” for the warehouse. During her week-long employment in late April, Odes said she was warned her attire was too alluring, her breasts should be taped down and she was asked to wear a bathrobe to cover one outfit. Odes filed a gender and religious discrimination complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in New York. The company had no immediate comment.

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