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Public hearings scheduled for Ontario HR law; Health, productivity programs see low participation: Survey; U.S. workers could help plug skills gap
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/22/2013

Public hearings scheduled for ontario HR law

TORONTO — Public hearings are underway in Ontario on Bill 32, legislation that would regulate the HR profession in a manner similar to accountants. The Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills is holding hearings to discuss the act. One hearing took place Oct. 9 while another is scheduled for Oct. 23. Bill 32 passed second reading in May. This is the third time a bill regulating Ontario’s HR professionals has been introduced. The previous two attempts died at the committee stage.

Health, productivity programs see low participation: Survey

TORONTO — Lifestyle risk issues such as stress, obesity and a lack of physical activity result in increased employee illness, higher medical costs and lost productivity, according to the 2013/14 Staying@Work Survey by Towers Watson. But the vast majority of employers (77 per cent) feel a lack of employee engagement is the biggest obstacle to changing behaviour. Despite offering a variety of health and productivity programs, actual employee participation is low.

U.S. workers could help plug skills gap: Report

OTTAWA — Employers facing skilled labour shortages should look to American workers, according to a Conference Board of Canada study. Alberta, facing the worst skills shortage in Canada, launched a pilot project that brought nearly 1,000 U.S. workers into the province. Saskatchewan and Manitoba are also facing labour shortages. There is no simple mechanism to bring in U.S. workers, and the Temporary Foreign Worker Program is a “band-aid” solution for labour shortages, said the report.

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