Employment Law

Canada tightens rules on hiring temporary foreign workers

Jason Kenney

Canada has announced a tightening of rules for hiring temporary foreign workers after a public outcry over abuses that saw Canadians losing their jobs.

Wednesday, 1 May, 2013, 2:45am

Industrial accident victim fights for others

Hunan migrant worker Chen Yongfa, 32, lost his right arm in an industrial accident at a Shenzhen fabric factory 13 years ago, and the unscrupulous boss ran away.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

We can work it out

Peter Duncan's greatest achievement has not been leading the international design firm, Hassell, through exponential growth in China, or the design and delivery of high-profile projects. It has been the construction of a healthy life and leading the way for others.

17 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Helpers demand right to live away from employers

Domestic workers complained of being treated like 'slaves' yesterday as they protested against a ban on living outside their employers' homes, and demanded that rules protecting their rights are enforced properly.

12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Rules will limit work when it's too hot

The mainland is taking steps to protect workers from scorching temperatures, through what will likely be its first set of comprehensive occupational safety standards for working in the blazing heat.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Paternity leave? Hire domestic staff instead

Employers are resisting moves to impose mandatory paternity leave for staff, saying it would be a heavy blow at a time when the full impact of the year-old minimum wage is still kicking in and that cheap domestic staff and willing grandparents rendered it unnecessary.

4 May 2012 - 12:00am

Leung 'hasn't thought about labour laws'

Leung Chun-ying has no plans to speed up a review of the minimum wage and 'has not thought about' workers' calls to raise the pay level in the light of inflation, a unionist lawmaker cited the chief executive-elect as saying.

2 May 2012 - 12:00am

Safety down the tube

Lying on the hospital bed, Chen Xilong stared blankly at passers-by. His eyes were dull. He tried to move his head but was too weak. When tested on his ability to calculate, he could add one-digit numbers. But when asked a simple calculation - 'how much is two times two?' - he could not answer. He couldn't sit up or eat by himself. He wore adult diapers.

28 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Minimum wages rise by average of 22pc

The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security says 24 provincial or regional governments have raised minimum wages by an average of 22 per cent this year amid official concerns over social unrest stemming from mounting labour disputes.

30 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Candidates opposed to regulating hours in workplace are not worth supporting

Eleanor Wong complains that the small voter turnout for the election of representatives for the Election Committee was because many of those entitled to vote had acted with indifference and failed to recognise the election's importance ('Dismissive approach is so negative', December 18). Nothing could be further from the truth.

27 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Labour row ends at lingerie maker

Hundreds of migrant workers at the lingerie maker Top Form International Holdings have returned to work at the company's plant in Shenzhen, in the latest high-profile labour dispute in the industrialised Pearl River Delta.

24 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Act now on the global jobs crisis, or risk a lost decade

The world employment outlook is dire. Unemployment stands at more than 200 million and is rising. The current rate of global jobs growth, at 1 per cent or less per year, will not replace the 30 million jobs lost since the financial crisis began in 2008.

1 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Miracle workers

Time with the family is a luxury for working mothers like Janet Chong Hey. By the time she gets home at 9pm, her two children are usually asleep. Still, home life has improved in recent months for Chong, DBS' senior vice-president of consumer banking.

23 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Canada No 1 destination for maids

Hong Kong gives its domestic helpers a better deal than a lot of other places, but their status is far from equal.

1 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

8 hours only: firm calls time on office taboo

Sunny Han routinely worked more than 12 hours a day at Asustek Computer to manage the Taiwanese PC maker's marketing and publicity machine. He would often leave the office after 10pm, joining throngs of white-collar workers in Taipei and other Asian cities where, while the written rules call for eight-hour shifts, the unspoken rule is to show loyalty by staying into the night.

10 Sep 2011 - 12:00am