Ontario looking to loosen solvency requirements for DB pensions

hrreporter.com 05/23/2017 Introducing legislation in fall to make changes By Allison Jones TORONTO (CP) — Ontario is changing rules on workplace defined benefit pensions, including considering them to be solvent when they are 85 per cent funded. The provincial Liberal government announced today that it would introduce legislation in the fall to make that change and others that it says …

Victoria police chief quits as watchdog conducts investigation involving tweets

hrreporter.com 05/19/2017 Case involved sexually charged Twitter messages to wife of subordinate officer By Dirk Meissner VICTORIA, B.C. (CP) — Victoria’s suspended police chief quit Thursday amid an investigation into his sexually charged Twitter messages to the wife of a subordinate officer. The Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board said in a statement Frank Elsner resigned from his position as chief …

Three B.C. dairy workers who pleaded guilty to animal cruelty get jail time

hrreporter.com 05/19/2017 Company, owner also fined $75,000 CHILLIWACK, B.C. (CP) — British Columbia’s provincial court says three dairy farm workers from the Fraser Valley have been sentenced to jail for causing distress to an animal after an undercover video showed several employees abusing milk cows. The Chilliwack provincial court registry confirmed Jamie Visser and Chris Vandyke were given 60 days …

Google for Jobs to be introduced over next few weeks

hrreporter.com 05/18/2017 Will recognize job search query and return set of open jobs that match Google has announced it will be introducing “Google for Jobs” over the next few weeks in the United States, with expansion to other countries in the near future. Google CEO Sundar Pichai introduced the concept at the company’s annual I/O conference in San Francisco on …

Long health-care wait times cost Canadians $1.7 billion in 2016

hrreporter.com 05/18/2017 Breaks down to $1,759 per person in lost wages and time Long waits for surgery and medical treatment cost Canadians $1.7 billion — or $1,759 per patient — in lost wages and time last year, according to a study released by the Fraser Institute, a Canadian public policy think-tank. “Long wait times have real consequences for many Canadians …

Canna Clinic staff in Toronto vote to join Unifor

hrreporter.com 05/17/2017 First medical marijuana storefront to organize: Union Workers at Canna Clinic in Toronto voted to join Unifor May 17, making them what is believed to be the first for medical marijuana workers in Canada to unionize, said the union. “This is a fast-growing industry, and with the advent of legalization, it is important that the workers have a …

New York firms offer ‘Plan B’ to staff ahead of summer transit woes

hrreporter.com 05/24/2017 Major employers are offering to let workers clock in from home By Barbara Goldberg and Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) — Faced with this summer’s partial shutdown of a key New York transit hub due to track repairs, some employers in the largest U.S. city are scrambling to come up with “Plan B” offerings to allow their suburb-dwelling …

‘Green-collar’ workers have unique profile

hrreporter.com 05/24/2017 Emerging labour force includes jobs that increase sustainability, reduce waste By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) — “Green-collar” workers in the United States have a distinct demographic profile, and their on-the-job risks are unique, according to three new studies of this emerging labour force. “We’ve never been able to classify this group before,” Dr. Alberto Caban-Martinez of …

What’s your past salary? Lawmakers want to ban the question

hrreporter.com 05/23/2017 State legislation an attempt to close gender wage gap By Joseph Pisani NEW YORK (AP) — An awkward job interview question — how much did you make at your last job? — is getting banned in some parts of the country. Massachusetts, New York City and Philadelphia have passed laws that bar employers from asking applicants about their …

CEO says changing VW culture proving tougher than expected

hrreporter.com 05/23/2017 Some managers stuck in pre-dieselgate mindset, Mueller says By Andreas Cremer HANOVER, Germany (Reuters) — Some Volkswagen (VW) managers are struggling to adapt to the German carmaker’s drive to improve accountability after its diesel emissions fraud, its chief executive said, suggesting it could take years to establish a new corporate culture. The attempt by the world’s largest automaker …