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Canada among top countries for work-life balance: report

Canada ranks No. 9 among the top 10 countries with the best work-life balance, according to a new report by Remote Technology Inc. The report…

  • By: Staff
  • October 13, 2023 October 12, 2023
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How Redbrick’s flexible holiday policy is supporting employee well-being, workplace DEI goals

While Canadian culture has long been described as a mosaic, employers’ holiday policies are more likely to tie statutory holidays to Christian celebrations than reflect…


California workers will get five sick days under new law

Workers in California will soon receive a minimum of five days of paid sick leave annually, instead of three. The new law, which takes effect in January,…

70% of U.S. SMEs standardizing parental leave for all employees: survey

More than two-thirds (70 per cent) of U.S. small- and medium-sized employers that offer parental leave are providing the same leave option to all employees,…

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  • September 21, 2023 September 20, 2023
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54% of benefits plan members currently live with at least one chronic condition: survey

More than half (54 per cent) of Canadian benefits plan members currently live with at least one diagnosed chronic health condition, according to the 2023…

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  • September 19, 2023 September 18, 2023
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Editorial: Getting personal about life as a working single mom

Every time I sit down to write my editorial for our annual Women’s Issue, now in its sixth year, the themes these issues highlight for…

Top 5 HR, benefits, pension and investment stories of the week

An article on the Canadian Association of Pension Supervisory Authorities’ new risk management guideline was the most-read story on over the last week. Here are the five most…

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  • September 15, 2023 September 14, 2023
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Webinar coverage: Employers embracing gender affirmation coverage, menopause education as they increase focus on DEI

After years of viewing diversity, equity and inclusion as a side-of-the-desk issue, Canadian employers are increasingly considering it a top priority and integrating their organizational DEI…

How Snap is using flexible working to help ease new parents’ return to work

By March 2021, nearly half a million Canadian women who lost their jobs during the pandemic still hadn’t returned to work by the beginning of…

Canadian women share what evolving benefits and workplace policies mean to them

When Jessica Charbonneau decided to have a child through assisted reproduction a few years ago, it wasn’t cheap, but her employer helped shoulder some of…

How hybrid workplaces and employees can navigate flu season

While many workplaces have shifted to hybrid arrangements coming out of the coronavirus pandemic, employment experts say workers should be cautious about using that added…

Online gig work growing rapidly, but workers lack benefits, retirement plans: report

Roughly half of online gig workers across the globe don’t have a retirement plan, a percentage that increases among Venezuelan (73 per cent) and Nigerian (75 per…


Metro, Unifor agreement includes pension, benefits gains

The union representing 3,700 frontline grocery workers at 27 Metro Inc. stores across the Greater Toronto Area has ratified a collective agreement that includes pension and…

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  • September 7, 2023 September 6, 2023
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Who are the finalists of the 2023 Workplace Benefits Awards?

Benefits Canada is pleased to announce the finalists of the 2023 Workplace Benefits Awards. This year’s awards program welcomed more than 115 entries across nine categories, all highlighting how…

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  • September 5, 2023 September 18, 2023
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Standard Chartered rolling out global parental leave benefits

Standard Chartered is rolling out enhanced global parental leave benefits, effective Sept. 1. The bank is standardizing the amount of parental leave it offers, providing parents…

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  • September 1, 2023 August 30, 2023
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Top 5 HR, benefits, pension and investment stories of the week

An article on the Ontario Court of Appeal upholding its decision in the Brewers Retail Inc. pension case was the most-read story on over the…

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  • September 1, 2023 August 31, 2023
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PwC Canada improving parental leave with specialized coaching, leadership training

PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada is improving its parental leave policy with specialized coaching and leadership training for employees. As part of its Me + PwC program, the…

Community Support Centre, Unifor agreement includes group RRSP, benefits gains

The union representing employees at Community Support Centre-Northwest in Dryden, Ont. has ratified a three-year agreement that includes retirement savings and benefits gains. The agreement…

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  • August 15, 2023 August 15, 2023
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Top 5 HR, benefits, pension and investment stories of the week

An article on how Yellow Corp.’s bankruptcy will impact Canadian workers’ pensions was the most-read story on over the last week. Here are the five most…

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  • August 11, 2023 August 10, 2023
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Benefits for pet owners evolving through paid leave, wellness accounts

Though still a fairly new concept, pet benefits are becoming a more common consideration when employers are expanding their offerings and looking to stand out.…

Organon encouraging employees to volunteer with paid time off

Organon Canada is encouraging its employees to volunteer by allowing them paid time off and partnering with organizations that reflect their values. The health-care company…


How ‘grandternity’ leave can support employee attraction, retention efforts

While innovative benefits such as so-called ‘grandternity’ leave can support employee retention efforts, they’re best implemented through a diversity, equity and inclusion approach that includes…

Canadian Aviation Electronics, Unifor agreement includes retirement, benefits gains

The union representing employees at Montreal-based Canadian Aviation Electronics Ltd. has ratified a five-year agreement that includes retirement and benefits gains. The new agreement includes…

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  • July 14, 2023 July 13, 2023
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Redbrick supporting remote employees through benefits offerings, virtual events

Victoria, B.C.-based technology company Redbrick is supporting its remote employees through individualized benefits offerings and unique virtual events. “For us, remote work continues to be part…


Scotiabank supporting employee well-being by aligning benefits offerings across global markets

Scotiabank is supporting employee well-being and workplace inclusivity by aligning benefits offerings across its global markets. Employees in the majority of countries where Scotiabank operates…