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Old 05-07-2015, 11:27 AM
 
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Are the labor laws in Canada as generous and nice as in Europe, Australia and New Zealand? How many weeks of paid vacation and holidays are statutory? How long is maternity leave (paid?), paternal leave? I'm particularly interested of Quebec and Ontario.

In America there is no government mandate law; every companies decides what to offer which I don't like!

 
Old 05-08-2015, 01:19 AM
 
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Vacation days can vary by province and/or company but generally an employee gets 2 weeks vacation per year with a one week addition for every 5 years worked for an individual company.
Canadas labour laws are an extensive read=
http://www.labour.gc.ca/eng/standard...st/index.shtml
Maternity benefits in Quebec=
Maternity benefits > Types of benefits > Wage earner > QPIP
 
Old 05-08-2015, 03:26 PM
 
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Pretty much every First World country has better workers' rights than the United States. United States is more similar to China than to Canada in that aspect. Employers have all the power here so if you live in a US city with a bad economy expect abusive and unfair treatment.
 
Old 05-09-2015, 05:24 PM
 
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Legislated Vacation time Federally and Provincially.
Paid Maternity/Paternity leave.
Severance pay. There are federal standards

Termination, Layoff or Dismissal: Labour Standards - Labour Program

and provincial ones..this on is for B.C.

Termination, Layoff or Dismissal: Labour Standards - Labour Program

Severance of course exist in the US but it is not law. Per US Department of Labour

"There is no requirement in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for severance pay. Severance pay is a matter of agreement between an employer and an employee (or the employee's representative). "

I'm sure there are other differences but those are some of the main ones.
 
Old 05-09-2015, 05:45 PM
 
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Alberta just went Commie. 30 hour work week coming right up. Too bad there will be no work in a year.
 
Old 05-09-2015, 06:25 PM
 
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Pretty much every First World country has better workers' rights than the United States. United States is more similar to China than to Canada in that aspect. Employers have all the power here so if you live in a US city with a bad economy expect abusive and unfair treatment.
I am going to assume that the China comparison is hyperbole.

From personal experience I must say that when the economy was bad I missed my old Canadian labour laws. Living and working in Florida when the economy crashed and seeing the shi*ty benefits offered under those conditions definitely made me appreciate what was offered in Toronto more.

On the flip side when the economy is good and you are in a vibrant large business centre, I would much rather be in the US. The competitiveness in the market allows you to negotiate perks that were just never offered from my experience working in Canada.

So as usual, they both have their plusses and minuses.
 
Old 05-09-2015, 06:59 PM
 
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I am going to assume that the China comparison is hyperbole.

From personal experience I must say that when the economy was bad I missed my old Canadian labour laws. Living and working in Florida when the economy crashed and seeing the shi*ty benefits offered under those conditions definitely made me appreciate what was offered in Toronto more.

On the flip side when the economy is good and you are in a vibrant large business centre, I would much rather be in the US. The competitiveness in the market allows you to negotiate perks that were just never offered from my experience working in Canada.

So as usual, they both have their plusses and minuses.
But shouldn't the litmus test be having them when you really need them?
 
Old 05-09-2015, 07:03 PM
 
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But shouldn't the litmus test be having them when you really need them?
Absolutely.

The issue is that sometimes it doesnt make sense to pass up a better opportunity during your prime earning years just because something "could go wrong". That cautious way of living doesnt suit everyone.
 
Old 05-09-2015, 08:14 PM
 
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labour*
 
Old 05-10-2015, 10:52 AM
 
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Absolutely.

The issue is that sometimes it doesnt make sense to pass up a better opportunity during your prime earning years just because something "could go wrong". That cautious way of living doesnt suit everyone.
And no one would suggest it does make sense.

I thought we were talking about the disparities in labour laws, not opportunities.

Obviously the ideal would be to have opportunities along with labour protections.
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