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Staples Canada offering paid leave to employees to get coronavirus vaccination

Staples Canada Inc. is the latest Canadian employer to provide employees with paid leave to receive a coronavirus vaccination. The company will provide up to…

  • By: Staff
  • April 7, 2021 April 7, 2021
  • 15:00

Webinar coverage: Switching to biosimilars can generate savings, say early adopters

With Canadian biologic drug sales growing at a rate of 13 per cent annually over the last 10 years, plan sponsors are looking for ways…

90% of Canadian remote workers say working from home hasn’t hurt productivity: survey

It’s been almost 13 months (and counting) since the coronavirus pandemic sent millions of Canadians home to work for what was supposed to be the…

  • By: Staff
  • April 7, 2021 April 8, 2021
  • 09:00

Employers must weigh several factors while planning for post-pandemic future: webinar

Many white-collar employees were forced to work from home when a global coronavirus pandemic was declared last March, but now, with an eye toward the…

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City of Toronto planning to bring coronavirus vaccinations to high-risk workplaces

The City of Toronto is planning to bring the coronavirus vaccine to high-risk workplaces in an effort to stop the spread of the disease, the…

Survey finds a generational divide when it comes to impact of remote work on work-life balance

Year two of the coronavirus pandemic is already revealing fault lines between how the youngest and oldest generations of U.S. employees are coping with the…

  • By: Staff
  • April 6, 2021 April 6, 2021
  • 09:00
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Some provinces legislating coronavirus vaccination, leave policies amid union calls for more action

Job-protected leave has been written into British Columbia’s Employment Standards Act to give workers time off to get their coronavirus vaccinations. Labour Minister Harry Bains says…

Private drug plan spending rose 5.4% in 2020: report

Private drug plan spending increased 5.4 per cent, according to Express Scripts Canada’s annual drug trends report. While up to a one per cent increase…

  • By: Staff
  • April 5, 2021 April 5, 2021
  • 08:42

High-cost drugs remain primary cost driver for Canadian public and private drug plans: PMPRB

High-cost drugs remain the primary cost driver for Canadian public and private drug plans, said the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board’s newly released 2019 annual…

  • By: Staff
  • April 1, 2021 March 31, 2021
  • 09:00
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Employers should weigh human rights, health risks when drafting pandemic policies

Employers are facing a growing number of legal considerations as they continually adapt policies amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to a recent webinar hosted…

Dialogue going public amid strong appetite for virtual health-care offerings

When Dialogue Health Technologies Inc. made its Toronto Stock Exchange debut this week, there was no traditional market opening with staff packing a room cheering and…

Salesforce planning to switch to flex-work model post-pandemic

58% of Canadian workers want hybrid-work arrangements post-pandemic: survey

A majority (58 per cent) of Canadian employees surveyed would like a hybrid-work arrangement that gives them the option to work from home or at…

  • By: Staff
  • March 31, 2021 March 31, 2021
  • 09:00

Focusing on vision-care benefits in year two of the pandemic

It’s easy for employers to focus less on table-stakes benefits offerings like vision care when there’s the the coronavirus pandemic to contend with. But, experts…

Feds supporting B.C. workplace violence-, harassment-prevention training program

The federal government, the B.C. Maritime Employers Association and its partners, the Warehouse Union Canada, and the Ending Violence Association of B.C., are launching a comprehensive…

  • By: Staff
  • February 11, 2021 March 26, 2021
  • 09:00

B.C. making it easier for employees to make coronavirus compensation claims

A recent change to British Columbia employment law is making it easier for workers to claim compensation related to a coronavirus infection. Last August, B.C.…

  • By: Staff
  • February 10, 2021 March 26, 2021
  • 09:00

Federal employers shouldn’t change employment entitlements during notice period: court

A recent decision from the Ontario Superior Court suggests that federally-regulated employers will be held to the same strict rules as their provincial counterparts in…

How employers are supporting the big shift to remote work

For years, many employees had ad hoc, work-from-home arrangements with their employers. Then came the coronavirus pandemic, which kicked the shift to remote working into…

Q&A with Coca-Cola Canada’s senior director of total rewards

Martha Callum, Coca-Cola Canada Bottling Ltd.’s senior director of total rewards, talks about the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, diversity and inclusion initiatives and perfecting…

How to communicate the value of a benefits plan to employees

It’s often said perception is reality and that’s definitely true when it comes to benefits plans. If employees can’t easily perceive the value in their…

  • By: Tom Milne
  • March 9, 2021 March 22, 2021
  • 09:00

New Zealand now offers paid leave for miscarriage, should Canada follow suit?

New Zealand’s parliament unanimously approved legislation last month that gives couples the right to three days of paid leave after a miscarriage or stillbirth, making…

Amazon vote could ‘light a fuse’ for more union pushes

Organizers in Bessemer, Ala., are pushing for some 6,000 Amazon.com Inc. warehouse employees to unionize on the promise it will lead to better working conditions,…

HOOPP, Social Capital Partners financing Taylor Guitars’ move to 100% employee-ownership

Taylor Guitars is moving to a 100 per cent employee-ownership model with the help of the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan and Canadian non-profit Social…