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Survey: Businesses feeling pain of temporary foreign workers crackdown

OTTAWA - Some businesses have been forced to move projects out of Canada because of the federal government's ongoing crackdown on temporary foreign workers, says a new survey. The majority of the companies polled in the study by the Canadian Employee Relocation Council also report that the crackdown has resulted in higher costs and long delays in the completion of critical contracts. Just over a third say they've lost business because of the new restrictions, while another third report they've had to move work out of Canada in the last few months.

B.C. government union OK's deal that provides wage hike, other benefits

VICTORIA - A union representing about 25,000 government workers in British Columbia has ratified a deal that provides a 5.5 per cent wage increase over five years and ties further pay hikes to economic growth. The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union says members voted 68.5 per cent in favour of the contract that was negotiated in November. The union says the deal also provides improvements to health and welfare benefits, employment security and the job-selection process. The contract runs from April 1, 2014 until March 31, 2019.

Gov't unveils guidelines on ordinary wages

SEOUL, Jan. 23 (Yonhap) -- The labor ministry on Thursday issued new guidelines for labor-management negotiations on the scope of ordinary wages, sparking an immediate backlash from the labor circle for limiting workers' rights to claim more allowances based on a landmark court ruling.

U.S. brings fraud charges against firm that vetted Snowden

By Sakthi Prasad (Reuters) - The Justice Department has accused United States Investigations Services (USIS), the private firm that also vetted Edward Snowden before he leaked documents about U.S. spying efforts, of bilking millions of dollars through improper background checks, a court filing showed. USIS has a contract with the U.S. government since 1996 to vet individuals seeking employment with federal agencies. Such background checks include investigative fieldwork on each application.

US weekly jobless claims fall

New claims for US unemployment insurance fell last week, according to government data released Thursday that pointed to the slowly recovering jobs market. First-time jobless claims fell to 326,000 in the week ending January 11, from the prior week's downwardly revised figure of 328,000, the Labor Department said. Last week's claims were well below the 333,000 average estimate. Claims have been trending lower. The four-week moving claims average, which helps to smooth week-over-week volatility, fell by 13,500 to 335,000. A year ago, claims stood at 373,000.

US weekly jobless claims fall

New claims for US unemployment insurance fell last week, according to government data released Thursday that pointed to the slowly recovering jobs market. First-time jobless claims fell to 326,000 in the week ending January 11, from the prior week's downwardly revised figure of 328,000, the Labor Department said. Last week's claims were well below the 333,000 average estimate. Claims have been trending lower. The four-week moving claims average, which helps to smooth week-over-week volatility, fell by 13,500 to 335,000. A year ago, claims stood at 373,000.

Hong Kong domestic helpers demand justice for 'tortured' maid

Domestic workers took to the streets of Hong Kong Thursday to demand justice for an Indonesian maid allegedly tortured by her employers and better protection for the city's hundreds of thousands of foreign maids. During the protest a second maid came forward alleging abuse at the hands of the same employers four years ago. The allegations have renewed concern about the treatment of domestic helpers in the former British colony following a spate of similar abuse cases and recent criticism by rights groups.

Top labour exporter Philippines may use foreign workers to plug shortfall

The Philippines, one of the world's top labour-exporting nations, is suffering shortages in more than one hundred occupations and is considering proposals to hire skilled foreign workers, officials said Thursday. Large numbers of Filipinos are leaving the country in search of work abroad, but there is now such a skills serious shortage in some professions at home -- including architecture, aviation, and chemical engineering -- that the government may have to bring in outsiders.

Hong Kong domestic helpers demand justice for 'tortured maid'

Domestic workers took to the streets of Hong Kong Thursday, demanding justice for an Indonesian maid allegedly tortured by her employers and better protection for the city's hundreds of thousands of foreign maids. Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, 22, was reportedly left unable to walk following eight months of abuse in the southern Chinese city and was admitted to an Indonesian hospital in a critical condition last week after returning home.

Liar for hire? Fake CVs flood Indian job market

Managers of an IT company in New Delhi were puzzled as they sifted through a pile of CVs -- as many as 30 job seekers claimed to have worked previously for the same employer. Unwilling to take any chances, the managers approached a firm of professional sleuths who specialise in screening background information given by prospective employees. What emerged left them stunned. The "employer" turned out to be an owner of a dingy one-room mobile repair shop who was pretending to be an HR manager of a fake IT firm.
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