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Few business owners have hired person with disability: Survey; Ontario needs to boost immigration by 135,000: Report; Minimum wage rising in Saskatchewan; Alberta announces temporary pension solvency funding relief; One-fifth of workers depressed: Survey; California employers banned from social media snooping
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/23/2012

Few business owners have hired person with disability: Survey

TORONTO — More than one-half of small business owners have never hired someone with a disability, according to a survey by BMO Bank of Montreal. The main reason? They don’t know how to recruit them, found the survey of 500 people. Three-quarters (77 per cent) of small business owners who have hired people with a disability said they either met (62 per cent) or exceeded (15 per cent) their expectations.

Ontario needs to boost immigration by 135,000: Report

TORONTO — Ontario should increase its level of immigration by 135,000 people per year, according to a report from Ontario’s Expert Roundtable on Immigration. And at least 65 per cent to 70 per cent should be economic class immigrants. The report outlines 32 recommendations meant to inform the province’s first formal immigration strategy.

Minimum wage rising in Saskatchewan

REGINA — The minimum wage in Saskatchewan will climb to $10 per hour on Dec. 1, up from $9.50 per hour. There is also a corresponding increase to minimum call-out pay to $30. The moves are part of a review of labour relations and workplace safety legislation, with the government still considering indexing minimum wage.

Alberta announces temporary pension solvency funding relief

EDMONTON — Alberta has introduced short-term funding relief provisions to the Employment Pension Plan Regulation. The changes are meant to assist plan sponsors with the financial pressures of funding a defined benefit (DB) pension plan, said the government. A plan administrator could apply to consolidate existing pension plan solvency deficiencies into one new solvency deficiency for up to 10 years (rather than the usual five).

One-fifth of workers depressed: Survey

WINNIPEG — Twenty-two per cent of Canadian employees are suffering from depression (with 14 per cent diagnosed) while 16 per cent have previously experienced depression, according to a survey released by the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace. In addition, 84 per cent of managers and supervisors believe it is their job to intervene when an employee shows signs of depression — and one-third of managers have had the training to do so, found the survey of 6,624 people.

California employers banned from social media snooping

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. — As of Jan. 1, 2013, job applicants and employees in California have protection from employers that demand their login credentials to social media platforms — such as Twitter or Facebook — or personal email accounts, according to legislation. Employers cannot fire or discipline those who refuse to give up such information. The state also passed a bill prohibiting colleges or universities from demanding user names, passwords or other identifying information from students.

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