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Top 5 HR, benefits and pension stories of the week

A decision by a British Columbia labour arbitrator on how a drug cost-control program violated a collective agreement was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over…

Employers seeking to withhold termination entitlements must prove wilful misconduct pre-planned: Ontario court

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision raises the bar for employers seeking to withhold minimum entitlements under the Employment Standards Act from employees dismissed…

Employers using flexibility, perks to ease return to workplace

Ian McGrath has made it clear to his bosses: if the company forces staff to return to the office, he’ll tender his resignation. The Halifax-area…

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Ontario NDP platform includes dental care, pharmacare, paid leave

Ontario’s New Democratic Party’s election platform includes universal dental care, mental-health care and pharmacare. Following the agreement reached between the federal Liberals and NDP in late…

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  • April 25, 2022 April 25, 2022
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Top 5 HR, benefits and pension stories of the week

A story that took an in-depth look at the federal government’s 2022 budget proposals and their potential impacts on employers and employees was the most-read…

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  • April 14, 2022 April 13, 2022
  • 09:05

Legal decisions on mandatory coronavirus vaccination policies favouring employers

As arbitral decisions relating to the reasonableness of mandatory coronavirus vaccination policies emerge, employers have clearly gained the upper hand. “The overall box score shows…

Racialized workers, especially women, saw gains in minimum wage raise: report

Raising the minimum wage to $14 per hour in 2018 reduced the racialized wage gap, particularly for women, according to a new study by the…

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  • April 11, 2022 April 7, 2022
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What’s in the federal budget for employers, employees?

The federal government’s 2022 budget, which set out $56 billion in new spending on Thursday, has a few offerings that could impact employers and employees.…

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  • April 8, 2022 April 8, 2022
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Feds consider definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ in review of federal worker mandate

The federal government will consider whether to include booster shots in the next version of the coronavirus vaccine mandate for its workers, said the Treasury…

Return-to-office plans should focus on flexibility, health and safety: experts

As provinces across the country begin removing coronavirus pandemic restrictions over the coming weeks, some employers are already returning employees to their respective workplaces. But…

Oakville transit workers to receive benefits, mental-health improvements

Increased benefits and expanded mental-health coverage are among the highlights of a new collective agreement ratified by Oakville Transit workers who are also members of…

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  • March 7, 2022 March 4, 2022
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Expert panel: Considerations for disability management in a hybrid work environment

As this wave of the coronavirus pandemic abates and more organizations settle into their respective futures of work, leadership teams are considering how the many…

Top 5 HR, pension and benefits stories of the week

A pair of stories on employee burnout and the ‘Great Resignation’ took the top spots over the past week on BenefitsCanada.com. Here are the five most…

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  • February 25, 2022 February 25, 2022
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Alberta county will no longer hire businesses with vaccination policies

Alberta’s largest and most northern county says it’s no longer working with local businesses that have a mandatory vaccination policy. Mackenzie County says businesses that…

Ontario court refuses appeal over workers’ right to sue for wrongful dismissal in cases of chronic stress

The Ontario Court of Appeal is refusing to consider an appeal from Ontario’s Divisional Court judgement that affirmed employees’ right to sue for wrongful and…

Unvaccinated workers in Canada, U.S. and Zimbabwe facing unpaid leaves, terminations

While coronavirus vaccine mandates for employees have become a flashpoint in Canada recently, these types of mandates continue to be upheld in several jurisdictions around…

Employers, unions split on ‘right-to-disconnect’ legislation: advisory committee

An advisory group tasked with recommending how Canada should handle the right to disconnect after work hours was split on whether the country should adopt…

Top 5 HR, pension and benefits stories of the week

Diversity, equity and inclusion are top of mind during Black History Month, so it’s no surprise two of the top five stories over the past week…

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  • February 11, 2022 February 11, 2022
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Workplace vaccine mandates being upheld as challenges largely tossed out, say experts

Legal challenges of employer vaccine mandates and health measures are being tossed out as arbitrators in Canada largely side with the need to maintain safe workplaces…

Pay transparency could help solve gender, racial wage inequities: experts

As widespread labour shortages force Canadian companies to re-evaluate their employee recruitment and retention practices, experts say pay transparency is increasingly in the spotlight. Outside of the…

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TTC, City of Toronto terminating unvaccinated employees

The Toronto Transit Commission and the City of Toronto are among the latest employers to fire workers for not complying with a mandatory coronavirus vaccination…

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  • January 11, 2022 January 11, 2022
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Expert panel: Publicity placing employees in false light could lead to legal issues

The possible legal ramifications of publicity placing a current or past employee in a false light is an issue employers should keep in mind in…

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  • January 11, 2022 January 21, 2022
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How employers are focusing on right-to-disconnect movement in 2022

During Danish Yusuf’s morning routine, his work phone rarely rings and seldom is there an appointment with his Toronto insurance company staff. The lack of…

Most coronavirus vaccine refusers won’t get federal pandemic benefits: minister

The federal minister in charge of aid to the unemployed says jobless Canadians who refuse to get vaccinated may find themselves blocked from benefits so…

Liberals eye easing access to maternity, parental leave in EI review: minister

The minister in charge of Canada’s federal social safety net for workers says the government is looking at removing rules that make it difficult for…