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More Canadians leaving their jobs after just two years: Workopolis poll

TORONTO - Canadians may have some commitment issues when it comes to their jobs, according to a new poll by employment website Workopolis. The online survey found that about half (51 per cent) of those polled said they had been in the same job for less than two years, while 30 per cent said they had held one job for more than four years. That compared with survey results from 1990-2000 where just 16 per cent reported holding that same job for less than two years, and fully 60 per cent who said they had been in the same job for more than four years.

Large firms demand too much info from job seekers: survey

SEOUL, April 16 (Yonhap) -- Large businesses in South Korea demand too much information from job applicants that violate privacy and can be used for discriminatory purposes, such as their religions, marital status and the academic backgrounds of their parents, a survey showed Wednesday. A team of four college students came up with the results after examining the job application forms of 95 large companies since February, the presidential committee on youth affairs said. The students are members of a policy recommendation team of the committee.

Saskatchewan licenses immigration consultants, recruiters to protect newcomers

REGINA - The Saskatchewan government says it's trying to protect newcomers to Canada from scams by licensing immigration consultants and recruiters. The province has published a list of those who can provide services to employers, potential immigrants and foreign workers under the Foreign Worker Recruitment and Immigration Services Act. Economy Minister Bill Boyd says the move is about making sure people are treated properly and fairly.

US stocks fall after weak Chinese trade data

US stocks Thursday opened lower as investors weighed weak Chinese trade data and an encouraging report on US jobless claims. Five minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 14.32 points (0.09 percent) to 16,422.86. The broad-based S&P 500 dipped 3.00 (0.16 percent) to 1,869.18, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index fell 10.15 (0.24 percent) to 4,173.75. March trade data for China, the world's second-largest economy, showed imports dropped 11.3 percent and exports fell 6.6 percent.

Government: Broker sold consumer data that wrongly identified people as possible sex offenders

WASHINGTON - It's tough enough landing a job these days. So imagine if that background check provided to your potential employer wrongly identified you as a possible sex offender. That's what the Federal Trade Commission says happened in a case it's settling with InfoTrack Information Services of Deerfield, Ill. The company provides employment background screening services. The commission said Wednesday that InfoTrack gave inaccurate information suggesting that job applicants potentially were registered sex offenders.

Ontario cops' spoof video leads to discreditable conduct charges

WHITBY, Ont. - A spoof video depicting disgruntled police officers "on a quest for freedom" from court duty has led to discreditable conduct charges against two members of the Durham Region police. Chief Mike Ewles launched an internal investigation in January after the 63-second video, which shows three employees trying to get re-assigned from court services duty, was posted on YouTube. The video, which appears to be a spoof of a Hollywood movie trailer, describes the three as being "forced to serve prisoners" and shows them mopping up cells and giving out toilet paper.

US employers posted more job openings in February, a sign that hiring will pick up

WASHINGTON - U.S. employers posted more job openings in February, a sign that hiring will likely improve in the months ahead. The Labor Department said Tuesday that employers advertised 4.2 million job openings, up 7.7 per cent from January. That's the highest number of postings since January 2008, when the Great Recession was just beginning and the economy had yet to suffer the full shock of the downturn.

US employers posted more job openings in February, a sign that hiring will pick up

WASHINGTON - U.S. employers posted more job openings in February, a sign that hiring will likely improve in the months ahead. The Labor Department said Tuesday that employers advertised 4.2 million job openings, up 7.7 per cent from January. That's the highest number of postings since January 2008, when the Great Recession was just beginning and the economy had yet to suffer the full shock of the downturn.

Unpaid internships under examination as two more magazines axe their programs

OTTAWA - Two more prominent Canadian magazines have ended their internship programs in the midst of a crackdown by the Ontario government that is shining a harsh spotlight on unpaid internships across the country. Rogers-owned Flare and Chatelaine terminated their interns earlier this week. Flare didn't pay their stable of interns, while those at Chatelaine were given a $400 monthly stipend that amounted to an hourly pay rate that was well below Ontario's minimum wage.

US employers added 192,000 jobs in March; unemployment rate unchanged at 6.7 per cent

WASHINGTON - U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in March in the latest sign that the economy is rebounding from a weak stretch brought on by a harsh winter. The Labor Department says employers added 192,000 jobs, slightly below February's total of 197,000. Employers also added a combined 37,000 more jobs in February and January than previously estimated.
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