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Disappearing from a high street near you. www.shutterstock.com

Why are Britain’s jobcentres disappearing?

A long read on the decimation of British jobcentres – and why it puts the rollout of Universal Credit at risk.
Organized labour held demonstrations in front of Tim Hortons franchises in Ontario in January 2018 to protest the actions some Tim Hortons franchises have taken in response to an increase in the province’s minimum wage. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

The issues facing Canadian workers this May Day

May Day is a time to reflect on labour struggles of the past and demands for the future, and Canada's move toward increasing the minimum wage is not enough. Labour politics is about who counts
Agriculture, forestry and fishing, and arts and recreation services are much more precarious for their employees. KATE AUSBURN/AAP

Precarious employment is rising rapidly among men: new research

Despite relatively stable and low levels of unemployment, workers are increasingly concerned that their jobs are at risk.
The study showed that boosting the office temperature a little can save energy and keep office workers comfortable without sacrificing their cognitive performance. Mami Kempe / The Conversation

Chill out. A slightly warmer office won’t make it too hot to think

Our study found that office workers performed just the same, whether the air conditioning was set at 22°C or 25°C. But making that tweak can cut energy use by 18%.
Get out of your routine and do something different, like taking a hot-air balloon ride, on your long weekend. It will help you feel fully recharged. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

How to turn your long weekend into a vacation

A long weekend approaches. Here's how to make it feel like a vacation, and return to work feeling fully recharged.
We found the prevalence of ageism among younger people is most apparent when participants were asked about succession statements like whether older people should actively make way for the young. www.shutterstock.com

Men and young people more likely to be ageist: study

Men and young people are more likely to be ageist, but few Australians are resolutely ageist in their views, a new survey finds.
Students take part in protests in support of the university pensions strikes. PA

Why workers go on strike

A strike around a specific employment issue can easily develop a momentum of its own and become a catalyst for a much wider expression of dissatisfaction.
Millennial women are choosing pets over kids. And they want to bring those pets to work. What can employers do? (Shutterstock)

The growing demand for pet-friendly workplaces

Pets have become a major part of our lives, with many millennials opting for a dog or cat instead of children. What should employers do to accommodate pet owners?

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