US & Canada Resources

Websites

BBC News - US & Canada
News website with links to country profiles for the region.

Commission for Labor Cooperation
International organization created by Canada, Mexico and the United States under the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation (NAALC). Website has a Guide to Labor and Employment Laws for Migrant Workers in North America, covering each country and available in English, Spanish and French. The guide also contains a directory to all of the government labour and employment offices in every state and province in North America. Has labour market information and related areas.

Cornell University: Legal Information Institute
Provides a free resource called WEX which is a legal dictionary and encyclopedia covering US Employment Law.

Fair Measures
Has US employment law information including articles and FAQs. Registration gives you access to the archive of articles and FAQs plus white papers and newsletters.

FindLaw
The ‘Employee Rights Center’ (follow Employee Rights) provides free information on the legal rights of workers including job benefits, fair pay, family and medical leave rights, workplace safety and protection from on-the-job discrimination and harassment.

Hewitt Associates
Has executive summary of the 2010 Global Pension Risk Survey looking at managing pensions in response to volatility.

Industry Canada
Has an index of labour productivity for the Canadian Economy which can be used to gain insight into innovation, efficiency and labour market flexibility.

Institut de la Statistique Quebec
Gives labour market statistics covering employment and unemployment plus summary descriptions of benchmark jobs and wage and salary data.

National Labor Relations Board
Administers the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) in the private-sector. Has full-text of the act plus information on the rights of employers, employees and unions. Also has guides /basic information about employee representation, unfair labour practices and updated full-text information on rules and regulations and statements of procedure.

Pearl Meyer
Website of Pear Meyer & Partners carrying an executive summary of PM&P on Compensation Planning: Looking Ahead to Executive Pay Practices in 2011.

SBA.Gov
US Government site providing information on federal and state labour laws covering recruitment, employee benefits, pay and termination. Also has a section covering workplace safety and health issues.

Statistics Canada
Provides statistics on employment, unemployment, education and training, income, pensions, spending and wealth.

United States Department of Labor
Provides an Employment Law Guide which includes information on immigration for non-US citizens. Has summaries of the major laws administered and enforced by DOL and includes Employment Laws Assistance, a list of laws and regulations with links to related compliance assistance activities.

United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Gives international comparisons of hourly compensation costs for employees, productivity and unit labour costs, labour force, employment and unemployment rates and consumer prices. The comparisons relate primarily to the major industrial countries but other countries are included in certain measures.

United States Department of Labor: Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Contains information on laws and regulations, standards, compliance and statistics related to health and safety in the US. The publications section has a range of downloadable factsheets, guides and brochures many of which are available in Spanish.

U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services
Provides information on laws, regulations and interpretations controlling immigration. There is information on working in the US, permanent residency, green cards, temporary visitor for business visas and all aspects of the citizenship process.

U.S. Department of Justice Americans with Disabilities Act
Provides free information including the Guide to Disability Rights Laws, a 21-page booklet giving an overview of ten Federal laws that protect the rights of people with disabilities. Also has FAQs, texts of acts and regulations, information about the federal agencies, help for small businesses and guidance for dealing with disabilities in the workplace.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Most employers with at least 15 employees are covered by EEOC laws (20 employees in age discrimination cases). Provides information on the laws, proposed regulations, policy guidance (including a compliance manual), factsheets, best practice information and FAQs.