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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

Consider migrants as a resource rather than a problem says OECD

The increasing number of people moving within the European Union is driving the rise in migration registered in OECD countries, after several years of decline caused by the crisis. High skilled migration and humanitarian movements to OECD countries are also increasing. Migration policies need to keep pace with these changes, according to a new OECD … Continue reading

Canada – Replace temporary foreign workers program by special visa says Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is calling on Ottawa to replace its controversial temporary foreign worker program with a visa that would provide a path to permanent residence for entry-level employees from abroad. The organization says in a report released today it’s proposing the Introduction to Canada Visa that would address labour shortages for … Continue reading

Shared Parental Leave in UK- One in five HR directors not ready

More than one in five (21%) HR directors admit they are not ready for the requirements of the shared parental leave legislation that comes into effect on 1 December, according to research by HCM solutions provider ADP. The Workforce View 2014/15 is the latest annual barometer of the views and attitudes of UK workers. It … Continue reading

Korea – Government to ease rules for layoffs

The government is considering easing rules for layoffs and overhauling pay systems to ease the plight of non-regular workers. Since any changes are likely to come at the cost of regular workers’ rights, it will certainly entail a major union backlash. “Without reform in the labor market, it isn’t easy to continue creating decent jobs. … Continue reading

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