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In October, the provincial government was recognized as one of British Columbia's top 50 employers. But, according to British Columbia's merit commissioner Joy Illington, one of its employment practices is less than top notch. In her 2008/09 annual report, Ms. Illington has stated managers are no longer required to "offer" unsuccessful job applicants feedback as to why they weren't hired. Instead, managers are only required to give feedback to applicants "looking for feedback." The merit commissioner has described that as a "reactive approach" which is "inconsistent with the (government's) stated goal to attract and retain skilled talent."

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