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Minimum Wage in UK – Employers underpay 100k young people Trade Unions Congress says

More than 100,000 young adults are not being paid the national minimum wage (NMW), an increase of 52% since 2010. The figures were highlighted by the Trade Unions Congress from the government’s final evidence submitted to the Low Pay Commission (LPC). It found that 35,000 more young adults were being paid below the NMW since … Continue reading

Pakistan – Social protection needed for home-based workers advocacy group says

The government should formulate new laws to provide social security protection to home-based workers, said participants of an advocacy meeting held on Thursday. The meeting was held to discuss legislative measures for ensuring economic and social protection for home-based workers. The participants of the meeting, arranged by the HomeNet Pakistan, included parliamentarians and civil society … Continue reading

Minimum Monthly Wages in India – Could go up to Rs 15,000

The Centre plans to fix minimum national monthly wages at around Rs 15,000 for all jobs in both the formal and informal sectors in the country. * The National Minimum Wages Act, 1948, lays down minimum wages for 45 listed economic activities, which also serve as minimum wages for these activities in the states. However, … Continue reading

Minimum Wage in Korea – 20,000 apartment guards face layoffs Unions says

Two major labor advocates estimated Tuesday that about 20,000 security guards at apartment complexes nationwide would face layoffs due to the minimum wage law, which will become fully effective on Jan. 1, 2015. As there are about 180,000 apartment security guards in the country, the estimate would amount to 11 percent to the total. The … Continue reading

Social Security in US – 71 percent of the 59 million current recipients are retired workers

Social Security is the federal government’s largest single program. Of the 59 million people who currently receive Social Security benefits, about 71 percent are retired workers or their spouses and children, and another 10 percent are survivors of deceased workers; all of those beneficiaries receive payments through Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI). The other 19 … Continue reading

Universal Jobmatch in UK – British job seekers will get be the first to see tens of thousands of job vacancies

British job seekers will get be the first to see tens of thousands of job vacancies after ministers demanded an end to blanket adverting across the EU. Under Brussels rules any jobs that the Government posted through its official Universal Jobmatch website also had to be placed on an EU website used by migrants across … Continue reading

Minimum Wages In Europe – Range from EUR 174 to EUR 1 921 per month

Minimum wages in the EU Member States ranged from EUR 174 to EUR 1 921 per month in July 2014 In 2014, 21 out of the 28 EU Member States (Denmark, Germany, Italy, Cyprus, Austria, Finland and Sweden were the exceptions) had a national minimum wage (see Map 1). As of 1 July 2014, monthly minimum wages varied widely, … Continue reading

Finland – Unemployment benefits for high income earners to be cut

Government’s hatchet man will be focusing on unemployment benefits for high income earners as part of ongoing efforts to cut spending. The changes will come into force at the beginning of 2015 and will affect newly-unemployed persons who have worked for more than 20 years as well as employees who earned a monthly salary of more … Continue reading

High-skilled Foreign Workers in Canada – Express Entry could change things

Some employers fear Americans working in Canada through the North American Free Trade Agreement, foreign nationals who have transferred to a Canadian branch and international youth working in Canada could be sideswiped by rules under the new express entry system that starts Jan. 1. New regulations suggest employers who want to offer permanent jobs to high-skilled … Continue reading

Sweden – Youth Guarantee

This document describes how Sweden addresses and takes into account the Council recommendation of 22 April 2013 on establishing a Youth Guarantee. High youth unemployment is a challenge Sweden shares with most other EU Member States. Youth unemployment is in fact one of Sweden’s most important societal challenges. Many young people have difficulties entering the … Continue reading

Korea in OECD – Behind major members on employment protection

South Korea lags behind major members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in job security for regular employees in the private sector, the Paris-based organization said Monday. An OECD report showed that Korea posted 2.17 in the index for employment protection last year, under the average of 2.29 for the global entity’s 34 … Continue reading

Workplace Safety in US – Death rate has dropped 81 percent, saving half a million lives

Since Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in 1970, theU.S. workplace death rate has dropped 81 percent, saving half a million lives. Economic and technological changes have swept workers out of the most deadly jobs and into comparatively safer ones. New state and federal standards have outlawed corner-cutting that formerly killed employees, imposing costs … Continue reading

Ex US Congressman – A tough time landing a new job

Lawmakers serving their final days in Congress might have a tough time landing a new job on K Street, headhunters for the lobbying industry tell The Hill. The current job market in the influence industry is the toughest in years, several headhunters said, with former lawmakers facing stiff competition for a limited number of high-ranking … Continue reading

Education System in China – Could better serve its industry and economic development

China should reform its education system to better serve its industry and economic development. And the public should eliminate their discrimination against blue-collar workers… A doctorate graduate in electronic engineering from Tsinghua University who took a job as a blue-collar electrician in Shanghai stirred wide debate on the value of academic qualifications in modern China. … Continue reading

Full Employment – The case for Paid Vacation

If we can’t take steps to increase the demand for labor, we can go the other way and try to reduce the supply. Specifically, we can try to increase the number of people employed by reducing the average number of hours worked. That should not sound far out. This is exactly the route taken by … Continue reading

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