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UK – Some details on the apprenticeship levy to come

Although consultation on the Levy closes today, it’s clear that some questions have already been answered. The Levy will see ‘large’ employers (probably those with over 250 employees), paying a percentage (probably around 0.5%) of their payroll costs to the government, to be spent on apprenticeship creation. It’s not yet clear how the system will … Continue reading

India – Protest against planned labor reforms

Modi plans to launch the biggest overhaul of labor laws in decades, giving companies greater flexibility in hiring and firing workers – reforms that economistsand businesses say will help job creation and unleash more economic growth. These changes would make it tougher for employees to form unions or to go on strike, but include measures … Continue reading

Minimum Wage in UK – Women, pensioners and part-time workers to gain most from increases

Women, pensioners and part-time workers stand to gain most from increases in the minimum wage, new research shows. One-in-three working women will benefit from the Government’s plans to introduce a national living wage, according to new research. Six million workers, representing about a fifth of all employees, will see their pay lifted by the end … Continue reading

Uber in Brazil – It increases unemployment says president

The president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, has criticised ride-sharing service Uber for increasing unemployment, adding to a chorus of labour concerns about the world’s most valuable venture-backed startup. Rousseff said local authorities must regulate the service, which has led conventional taxi drivers to stage protests and lobby lawmakers in Brazil’s three biggest cities. São Paulo, … Continue reading

UK – More than six out of 10 employers are opposed to paid volunteering leave

More than six out of 10 (61%) employers are opposed to the Conservative pledge of paid volunteering leave, according to research from Jelf Employee Benefits. The policy, pledged in the Conservative party’s election manifesto, would oblige all public sector employers, and private companies with more than 250 employees, to give workers up to three days … Continue reading

The Dutch ‘Basic Income’ Experiment

Free cash is in the works for a growing number of Dutch urbanites. After the city of Utrecht announced that it would give no-strings-attached money to some of its residents, other Dutch cities are getting on board for social experiments with “basic income,” a regular and unconditional stipend to cover living costs. Tilburg, a city … Continue reading

Minimum Wage Around the World – A Chart for OECD’s 34 member countries

Supporting low-wage earners is one of the keys to promoting inclusive growth, and minimum wages are a common if sometimes controversial way of doing it. Of the 34 countries that are members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 26 have a minimum wage – 9 of which have been introduced since 1990. … Continue reading

Europe – Which reforms should be implemented?

In many parts of Europe, labour market reforms during the last eight years were misguided and backfired. Theory and evidence tell us that: It is always better to have institutions allowing adjustment along several margins, not only employment. When implementing labour market reforms, it is important to take into consideration cyclical conditions. A very tough … Continue reading

Canada – Is the job recovery the best ? That depends on what you measure

History is clear: The Harper government’s record on job creation is the weakest of Canada’s past nine prime ministers. But is it the best job creation record we could have right now, given how so many nations are struggling with the enduring impact of the 2008 global economic crisis? When it comes to recovery, are … Continue reading

EU – To act on unemployment

Over seven years since the onset of the financial crisis, the unemployment situation in the Eurozone remains a big concern. As of June this year the unemployment rate across the euro area was 11.1%, compared with 5.3% in the United States: Even allowing for the fact that US unemployment has been considerably lower since 2000, the … Continue reading

Seattle’s $15 minimum wage – The negative employment effects

Recall, we’re not insisting that a rise in the minimum wage will reduce the number of jobs in the economy, nor even in a sector of it. We’re saying that once we isolate out only the effect of the minimum wage rise then we will see that there are fewer jobs as a result of … Continue reading

Minimum Wage in US – The Tracker

There are 14 states that have changed their minimum-wage law since January 2014. Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia The effective minimum wage has increased in 26 states and D.C. since January 2014. Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Maryland, … Continue reading

Fast-Food Workers in New-York – The $15 Minimum Wage is coming

There aren’t a lot of obscure government board meetings that warrant a watch party, let alone one with a marching band. But that’s how fast-food restaurant workers and their supporters celebrated Wednesday on a blocked-off street in Manhattan, as they watched a state panel recommended a $6.25 increase in their hourly wage, to $15. “It’s … Continue reading

Growing Inequalities – Linked to the decline in unionization and the erosion of minimum wages IMF finds

The rise of inequality in advanced economies, and in particular the growing concentration of incomes at the top of the distribution, has become a greater focus of attention for economists and policymakers. Understanding the factors behind this phenomenon is essential to determine whether policy action is needed to reduce income inequality, taking into account other … Continue reading

Canada – Punitive penalties for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) offenders

Employers who break the rules of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and the International Mobility Program will pay the piper as stiff penalties for offenders were announced last week. On July 6, Pierre Poilievre, minister of Employment and Social Development, said new consequences for businesses found non-compliant with the rules would come into effect … Continue reading

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