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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…

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Ruling against Blue Cross Life Insurance could affect LTD premiums: lawyer

A recent court ruling that awarded a plaintiff $1.5 million in punitive damages against the Blue Cross Life Insurance Co. of Canada — in connection…

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Trader Joe’s employees form union, citing concerns about health benefits, pay

On Thursday, employees at a Trader Joe’s supermarket in Massachusetts became the latest workers at a major company to approve a labour union. The store…

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…

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  • July 29, 2022 July 29, 2022
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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…

73% of employers increasing communications on mental-health, behavioural health offerings: survey

Nearly three-quarters (73 per cent) of employers have increased their communications emphasis on mental-health and behavioural health offerings in the past two years, according to…

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  • July 27, 2022 July 27, 2022
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More than a third of disability claims in 2022 due to mental-health reasons: survey

While more than a third of disability claims under Canadian employer-sponsored benefits plans in 2022 were due to mental-health reasons, just two-thirds (63 per cent)…

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  • July 26, 2022 July 25, 2022
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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…

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  • July 25, 2022 July 25, 2022
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26% of Canadians say work factors are their primary sources of stress: survey

A quarter (26 per cent) of Canadians say work factors are their primary sources of stress, according to LifeWorks Inc.’s latest mental-health index. Among this…

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  • July 25, 2022 July 22, 2022
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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…

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63% of employees likely to stay in current role due to benefits package: survey

Nearly two-thirds (63 per cent) of employees say their current benefits package makes them at least somewhat more likely to remain with their employer, according…

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  • July 21, 2022 July 20, 2022
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Survey finds racialized employees are less comfortable discussing mental health at work

Black, Latinx and Asian American-Pacific Islander employees feel less comfortable engaging in mental-health conversations in the workplace than their white colleagues, according to a new…

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  • July 20, 2022 July 20, 2022
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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…

Unifor workers at eight Ontario casinos ready to strike over pensions, benefits

Roughly 2,000 Unifor members at eight Ontario casinos have voted to strike if new pension and benefits agreements can’t be negotiated by midnight on July 22.…

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  • July 18, 2022 July 18, 2022
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Hilton, Unifor agreement includes retirement, benefits enhancements

The union representing 60 employees at the Hilton Garden Inn in Ajax, Ont. has ratified a three-year agreement that includes retirement and benefits gains. The…

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  • July 18, 2022 July 15, 2022
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Hub entering strategic agreement with National Bank Insurance Firm

Hub International Canada West is entering a strategic agreement with National Bank Insurance Firm Inc. to acquire all of NBIF’s group insurance activities based in…

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  • July 18, 2022 July 15, 2022
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A quarter of U.S. employers considering expansion of abortion services coverage: survey

A quarter (26 per cent) of U.S. employers are considering expanding the abortion services they cover, according to a new pulse survey by the International…

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  • July 18, 2022 July 15, 2022
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HBC Logistics, Unifor agreement includes benefits gains

The union representing more than 300 employees at HBC Logistics Ltd. warehouses in Scarborough, Ont. has ratified a three-year agreement that includes benefits gains. The…

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U.S. supplemental health insurance premiums totalled $1.1B in Q1 2022: surveys

In the first quarter of 2022, new annual premiums for supplemental health insurance products totalled $1.1 billion in the U.S., a six per cent increase from…

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  • July 15, 2022 July 14, 2022
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Top 5 HR, benefits and pension stories of the week

An expert panel about the impact of environmental, social and governance-focused target-date funds on capital accumulation plans was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the…

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  • July 15, 2022 July 15, 2022
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U.S. employee health, well-being programs expected to yield 47% ROI in 2022: report

U.S. employer-sponsored health insurance and well-being programs are expected to yield an average return on investment of 47 per cent this year, according to a…

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  • July 13, 2022 July 12, 2022
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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…

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  • July 12, 2022 July 11, 2022
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Employers facing hurdles covering abortion travel costs

After the U.S. Supreme Court revoked the federal right to an abortion that’s been in place for half a century, companies like Amazon.com Inc., Apple…

Top 5 HR, benefits and pension stories of the week

An article about Hootsuite providing employees with an extra week off this summer was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are…

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  • July 8, 2022 July 8, 2022
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Beneva expanding hybrid work policy, offering gender affirmation coverage

Beneva Inc. is enhancing its hybrid work policy to provide employees with more flexibility. The company is offering employees $1,000 to purchase ergonomic home office…