Michel Cournoyer

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Child Labour in Turkey – 42 child workers killed in first nine months of 2014

As another Universal Children’s Day passed on Nov. 20, the number of children dying at work 42 Turkish child workers killed in first nine months of 2014has continued to rise in Turkey. The number of child workers who died in work accidents during the first nine months of this year stands at 42, according to … Continue reading

Shared Parental Leaves in UK – 63% said they were either interested or very interested

Employee interest in shared parental leave (SPL) will be much higher than originally forecast by the government, according to research by law firm Linklaters. Linklaters surveyed 250 recent parents and parents-to-be working in FTSE 100 companies about SPL, which comes into force on 1 December 2014. Almost two-thirds (63%) said they were either interested or … Continue reading

UK – Are Jobcentre’s demands helping job search ?

A JOBSEEKER claims he is being discriminated against because he has voiced his objections to “draconian” demands. Peter Styles says that a requirement to sign on every day in segregation with a member of staff behind Perspex glass at a Jobcentre is hindering his search for a job. The 43-year-old has appealed against the decision … Continue reading

Jobless Claims in US – 10th Straight week below 300,000

The number of people who applied for new unemployment benefits totaled fewer than 300,000 for the 10th straight week, reflecting the low level of layoffs in the U.S. as the economy continues to strengthen. Initial jobless claims fell by 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 291,000 in the week ended Nov. 15, the Labor Department said … Continue reading

Having more job authority increases depression among women, but decreases it among men finds study

Having more job authority increases depression among women, but decreases it among men, new research shows. Do we need to add “depression gap” to the lexicon of problems women face in the workplace? It seems so, according to a new study. The research, published in the December issue of the Journal of Health and Social … Continue reading

Low Wages in US – About 20.6 million people (30% ) are near-minimum-wage workers

About 20.6 million people — 30% of all hourly, non-self-employed workers 18 and older — are what we call “near-minimum-wage workers,” meaning they earn more than the current minimum wage (either the federal $7.25-an-hour minimum or a higher state minimum) but less than the $10.10 hourly rate that emerged over the past year as a … Continue reading

Skills Gap in SME – First, link skills and employment policy to regional strategy

According to Siemens UK and Northern Europe HR director Toby Peyton-Jones, for small businesses the skills crisis is “the elephant in the room”. “They just haven’t got the bandwidth to get involved with this agenda,” he says. In his view, there are two approaches to making it easier for SMEs. The first is by linking … Continue reading

Ebola in Liberia – Half of workforce not working due to the virus finds the World Bank

Working with Liberian authorities and the Gallup Organization, the World Bank surveyed more than 4,000 households using mobile phones. They found that nearly half the working population, especially agricultural workers in rural areas, is no longer working. Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Half Of Liberian Workforce Not Working Due To … Continue reading

Peugeot in France – To cut 3,450 jobs in 2015

PSA Peugeot Citroen (PEUP.PA) is preparing to cut another 3,450 French jobs next year as the troubled carmaker pursues a recovery plan under new Chief Executive Carlos Tavares, two sources with knowledge of the matter said. The cuts, to be achieved through a combination of early retirements, voluntary buyouts and internal transfers, will be presented … Continue reading

Illegal Immigration in the US – Making up 3.5% of the nation’s population finds Pew Research Center

The number of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. has stabilized in recent years after decades of rapid growth. But there have been shifts in the states where unauthorized immigrants live and the countries where they were born. Millions could receive relief from deportation and work visas from an executive order that President Obama is expected … Continue reading

India – 46 percent are fully engaged finds survey

According to the Dale Carnegie India Employee Engagement Report 2014 released today, Indian employees are significantly more engaged than their global counterparts with 46 percent employees fully engaged compared to the global average of 34 percent. Large companies in India with more than 100,000 employees tend to have the lowest amount of disgruntled employees at … Continue reading

US – To what extent is income being redistributed by government action ?

With changes like these in the distribution of the rewards of the American economy, the president and many on the left call for redistributing income from those at the top to those in the middle and bottom. But they seldom mention the extent to which income is already being redistributed by government action. In fact, … Continue reading

Wages in UK – Weekly earnings for full-time employees annual growth: the smallest since 1997 and decreased by 1.6% in real terms finds ONS

Key points In April 2014 median gross weekly earnings for full-time employees were £518, up 0.1% from £517 in 2013. This is the smallest annual growth since 1997, the first year for which ASHE data are available. Growth has been slower since the economic downturn, with the annual increase averaging around 1.4% per year between … Continue reading

Low Pay in UK – 236,000 jobs with pay less than the National Minimum Wage finds ONS

This release presents statistics on the number of jobs with pay less than the National Minimum Wage (NMW) in the UK. The NMW is a minimum amount per hour that most workers in the UK are entitled to be paid. There are different rates of NMW depending on a worker’s age and whether they are … Continue reading

Career Advice in UK – Children should choose academic or vocational path at 14 Ofsted chief says

Pupils should be ‘streamed’ into either academic or vocational ‘clusters’ at the age of 14 to help them get jobs when they leave school, according to the head of Ofsted,  Sir Michael Wilshaw said teenagers should transfer between schools before sitting their GCSEs depending on their aptitude for an academic or vocational education. He said … Continue reading

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