One-quarter of Shaw Communications staff seek buyouts

'We expect the business to continue to operate in the normal course with no impact on customer experience,' the company says

One-quarter of Shaw Communications staff seek buyouts Calgary-based Shaw Communications Inc. announced on Thursday that 25 per cent of its workforce, or 3,300 employees, have elected to take part in the company's recently-announced voluntary departure program. The program is the first step in the company's multi-year Total Business Transformation initiative, “designed to reinvent its operating model to better meet the changing tastes…

Gain big business focus by looking at individual details

What each staff member does is important. The more employees work together to enhance their contributions, the better for the business as a whole

Gain big business focus by looking at individual detailsIs what you do really important? I recently helped a business conduct a meeting with their employees. As the meeting started, I tried to understand the participants and their positions in the company. After writing their names and job descriptions on the board, I asked: “What would happen if you didn’t do your job?” This intriguing…

Canada unprepared for an aging population

The adverse consequences of an aging population – deficits, debt and slowing economic growth – can be mitigated with prompt action

Canada unprepared for an aging populationBy Jason Clemens and Sasha Parvani The Fraser Institute Canada’s population is aging, like all industrialized countries. But unlike most industrialized countries, Canada is doing almost nothing to prepare for the implications of an older population. And, in some cases, it’s moving in the wrong direction. There’s ample evidence that Canadians are living longer. According…

Are changes to Canada’s tax code being driven by job churn?

Soon, half the workforce will be self-employed, compared with 20 per cent now. So we could lose a considerable amount of our tax base

Are changes to Canada’s tax code being driven by job churn?Many Canadians think the recently proposed changes to the tax code are a money grab. But it could also be related to the changing face of work. Just less than a year ago, Finance Minister Bill Morneau began warning Canadians about “job churn.” Also called “precarious work” by Morneau, it’s insecure and unprotected employment that…

Ontario’s proposed labour law changes will hurt young workers the most

Canadian evidence consistently shows minimum wage hikes result in fewer job opportunities for inexperienced and low-skilled workers

By Charles Lammam, Hugh MacIntyre and Ben Eisen The Fraser Institute The Ontario government recently proposed a series of changes to provincial labour laws, including a significant hike of the minimum wage to $15 per hour. But the proposed changes will hurt the vulnerable workers they’re meant to help. The proposal would increase the minimum wage from its current rate of…

Guaranteed sick time good policy and smart business

People working despite being sick has been estimated to cost Canadian businesses $15 to $25 billion per year

Guaranteed sick time good policy and smart businessBy Danyaal Raza University of Toronto and Ryan Meili Family Physician A food handler going to work with a cough, a parent sending their sick child to school or an emergency room nurse making snap decisions through the fog of a flu. It doesn’t take a medical degree to appreciate the counterproductive consequences of these…

Proposed changes to Canada’s labour laws favour unions over workers

Proposed policies changes strengthen the power of unions

Proposed changes to Canada’s labour laws favour unions over workersBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute Canada’s new federal government campaigned on policies aimed at making labour laws fairer and more balanced, and the prime minister recently confirmed this commitment in his public mandate letter to the minister charged with the labour portfolio. But the proposed labour policies will strengthen the power of unions…
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