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Hamilton's Labour Market Connection
Vol. 3, Issue 1 (March 2/17)
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What does WPH believe?

Business, Labour & Community: Planning for Prosperity!

Ontario ready to address reforms to employment and labour laws 

money_parachute.jpg Precarious employment, work that is poorly paid, insecure, unprotected, and cannot support a household, is becoming more prevalent in Hamilton. 

Results from WPH's EmployerOne Survey show that sectors, such as Educational Services; Retail Trade; Accommodation and Food Services; Healthcare and Social Assistance; and Arts, Entertainment and Recreation have a high component of part-time/contract and seasonal workers.

The results of the survey also indicate that overall in 2016, 26% of all hires were for permanent part-time positions and 41% were for contract/seasonal positions.

The Ontario government has taken note of the impact of the changing world of work on employees and their rights. A recent report, The Changing Workplaces Review is examining workplace issues such as labour law, including sick pay, overtime, how workers can join unions and employers' responsibilities to contract workers.

The report could trigger the significant reforms to the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act.

Last July, advisers laid out  more than 200 options for reforms to protect vulnerable workers in precarious jobs. They include such ideas as requiring employers to give workers a minimum number of paid sick days, and to give workers advance notice of their shift schedules. 

When passion for work goes too far: How to avoid burnout

Every day we want to do the best we can for the people we serve. We jump in and help our coworkers.  But what if our commitment and passion are leading us straight to burnout? When energy and drive turn to physical or mental collapse due to overwork or stress, no one benefits.

But there are simple steps we can take to make sure that we take care of ourselves so that we can take care of others.
Upcoming webinar: Overcoming hiring bias - Strategies for inclusive recruitment, Thursday, March 9, 2017

As an employer, accessing the best, most talented people is a key ingredient for success. But what happens if the most talented person is screened out before the interview?

Watch this free webinar to learn about:
  • Innovative HR solutions for inclusive recruitment practices
  • Practical strategies for overcoming hiring biases
  • Tips for reviewing and revising current recruitment practices
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