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BC HRMA launches guide to hiring immigrants; Alberta firm, director charged for letting teen work late; Labour slams proposed Alberta-B.C. pension scheme; Manitoba appoints advisor to combat flu

BC HRMA launches guide to hiring immigrants

Vancouver — Employers in British Columbia looking for advice on how to hire and retain immigrants have a new resource to turn to, thanks to the British Columbia Human Resources Association (BC HRMA). It recently launched a guide to help HR work with hiring managers to remove bias in the hiring process, which often prevents the hiring of the best candidate because she comes from outside Canada, according to Ian Cook, director of research and learning for BC HRMA. For more information, visit

Alberta firm, director charged for letting teen work late

Edmonton — An Alberta company and its director are facing a number of charges under the Employment Standards Code for allegedly hiring a 15-year-old worker without providing supervision after 9 p.m. and allowing the teenager to work after midnight. The teen worked for Shelby Amusement Services on the midway grounds during the 2008 Capital Ex. The maximum penalty for each offence is $100,000 for a corporation and $50,000 for an individual.

Labour slams proposed Alberta-B.C. pension scheme

Edmonton — The Alberta Federation of Labour (AFL) has come out swinging against the idea of a joint Alberta-British Columbia pension plan, calling it a “meagre supplemental program” employers can opt out of that shifts the risk onto the shoulders of individual Canadians. It said the proposed plan, even when added to existing benefits such as the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Old Age Security, would generate as little as 14 per cent of pre-­retirement income. Instead, the AFL is calling for a significant expansion of CPP.

Manitoba appoints advisor to combat flu

Winnipeg — Manitoba has appointed Catherine Cook as an Aboriginal health advisor on H1N1 flu issues to work with First Nations communities, leadership organizations and the federal government to strengthen communication, co-ordination and response to the flu. Cook plans to strengthen H1N1 surveillance and communication structures to help communities monitor and respond to the disease. The flu has disproportionately hit Aboriginal communities, she said.

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