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Head to head: Is flexibility the key to preventing women from leaving the workforce?

Flexibility only goes so far, say two experts, and covers a small part of a healthy and respectful work culture. Tracy Fogale, senior manager of…

How Canada’s institutional investors are increasing gender parity

In 2018, Ivanhoé Cambridge, the real estate arm of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, engaged the services of Women in Governance, an…

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • September 16, 2022 September 15, 2022
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Will U.S.-style gig worker litigation come to Canada?

A gig worker by any other name would be a lot more expensive. In most jurisdictions, Uber Technology Inc. drivers and their app-based brethren are…

Q&A with Amazon Canada’s Jane Standing

The technology company’s senior benefits consultant on employee well-being, the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion and bikes races in Western Canada. Q: What top…

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • September 16, 2022 September 15, 2022
  • 08:51

Could provincial governments legislate paid time off for religious holidays outside of Christianity?

When it comes to paid time-off policies for religious holidays outside of Christmas and Easter, can provincial governments do more to ensure all employees receive…

Webinar coverage: Supporting employees with severe heart disease

According to conservative estimates, 100,000 Canadians may suffer from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with an estimated prevalence of about one in every 200 to 500 individuals, said Dr.…

Which employers are finalists in the 2022 Workplace Benefits Awards?

Benefits Canada is pleased to announce the finalists of the 2022 Workplace Benefits Awards. This year’s awards program welcomed 115 entries across 11 categories, all highlighting how Canada’s leading…

  • By: Staff
  • September 6, 2022 September 2, 2022
  • 09:00

Talk Shop Media adding ‘pawrental’ leave benefit for new pet parents

Since Aug. 26 is National Dog Day, Talk Shop Media thought it would be the perfect time to roll out its new ‘pawrental leave’ policy.…

City of St. John’s, CUPE agreement includes enhanced bereavement leave

The union representing employees at the City of St. John’s, N.L. ratified a collective agreement that includes enhanced bereavement leave. The agreement increases bereavement leave…

  • By: Staff
  • August 22, 2022 August 21, 2022
  • 09:00

SME workers say paid time off, flexible schedules most important benefits: survey

While nearly three-quarters (74 per cent) of small- and medium-sized employers say cost is the biggest hurdle to offering employee benefits, a majority of SME…

  • By: Staff
  • August 17, 2022 August 17, 2022
  • 15:00

Q&A with 3M Canada’s Jacqueline McLennan

3M Canada’s benefits specialist discusses absence management, the ‘Great Resignation’ and rock painting. Q: What new programs or initiatives are you looking to implement? A:…

24% of Canadians shifting to remote working amid pandemic’s latest wave: report

The percentage of Canadians working from home increased slightly amid a seventh wave of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report by Statistics Canada. In…

  • By: Staff
  • August 10, 2022 August 9, 2022
  • 15:00
Furloughed WestJet workers demand clarity on wage subsidy program amid pay cut

WestJet, Unifor agreement includes retirement gains, sick days

The union representing nearly 800 employees at Calgary and Vancouver airports has ratified a first contract that includes retirement and benefits gains. The contract cements…

Top 5 HR, benefits and pension stories of the week

An article on Public Health Sudbury’s violation of the Ontario Human Rights Code following an employee’s termination over a vaccine refusal was the most-read story…

  • By: Staff
  • July 29, 2022 July 29, 2022
  • 09:00
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Ontario NDP calling for permanent 10-day paid sick leave program

Ontario’s New Democratic Party is calling on the provincial government to establish a permanent 10-day paid sick leave program, saying it would help limit the…

Ontario extending paid sick leave program until March 31, 2023

The Ontario government is extending its paid sick leave program to March 31, 2023 to ensure employees don’t lose pay if they miss work due…

  • By: Staff
  • July 25, 2022 July 25, 2022
  • 15:00

How vaping cessation programs can help employers curb benefits plan costs

With more data emerging showing vaping can lead to lung injuries and other adverse health issues, many employers have concerns about the potential cost of…

How employers can stave off the effects of doomscrolling on employee mental health

In the age of the #MeToo movement, the coronavirus pandemic and the global outcry for social justice, Canadians workers have been glued to their phones…

Survey finds 70% of large U.S. employers planning to enhance benefits plans in 2023

More than two-thirds (70 per cent) of large U.S. employers are planning to beef up their benefits plans in 2023 to enhance their attraction and…

  • By: Staff
  • July 12, 2022 July 11, 2022
  • 09:00
Loyalist College janitors’ new contract includes pension, sick days

Kleenzone, Unifor agreement includes enhanced bereavement leave

The union representing roughly 60 employees at Kleenzone Ltd. in Toronto has ratified a four-year agreement that includes enhanced bereavement leave. The agreement increases bereavement…

Calls for paid sick leave growing in Nova Scotia following end of coronavirus isolation requirement

Some Nova Scotians are calling for paid sick leave because they say the government’s decision to lift remaining coronavirus health orders will burden families who…

BNP Paribas offering paid paternity leave, coverage for gender affirmation, fertility treatments

BNP Paribas in Canada is expanding its employee benefits offering with up to $10,000 lifetime coverage for gender affirmation and fertility treatments. The bank is…

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U.S. abortion ruling thrusts employers into divisive arena

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to end the nation’s constitutional protections for abortion has catapulted employers of all types into the most divisive corner of…

Sounding Board: A look at the future of workplace wellness

Long before the coronavirus pandemic swept the globe in early 2020, a massive transformation of the workplace was well underway. Advanced technologies, growing demand for…

Pilkington Glass, Unifor agreement includes paid leave, DC pension enhancements

The union representing roughly 100 employees at Pilkington Glass in Whitby, Ont. has ratified a three-year agreement that includes benefits and pension gains. Members of…

  • By: Staff
  • June 28, 2022 June 27, 2022
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