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Head to head: Should Canada implement a universal basic income?

Though the idea was coined by English philosopher Thomas More in his novel Utopia in 1516, several countries — including Canada — are considering how…

Employers leveraging benefits, flexibility to prevent pandemic surge in disability claims

During the height of the coronavirus pandemic, the Ottawa Community Housing Corp. battened down the hatches and focused on addressing any absence management issues before…

Supporting employees with chronic conditions amid pandemic-fueled delays to care

As the country began shutting down to focus on beating back the coronavirus at the height of the pandemic in March 2020, people with chronic…

Q&A with SAP Canada’s Megan Smith

SAP Canada Inc.’s vice-president and head of human resources talks embracing flexible working, keeping the “human” in HR and winter sports. Q. What top challenges…

Indigo workers unionizing for enhanced benefits, paid sick days

Employees at several Indigo Books & Music Inc. stores across Canada are unionizing, as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has “highlighted the precarity of retail work in…

Majority of U.S. employers implementing DEI initiatives in 2021: survey

More than eight in 10 (83 per cent) U.S. organizations are implementing diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in 2021, according to a new survey by…

  • By: Staff
  • October 13, 2021 October 13, 2021
  • 09:00

Expert panel: Preparing a psychologically safe return-to-workplace plan

Any return to the workplace, whether it’s after a medical or parental leave  — or say, following a global pandemic — requires consideration and care…

New study calling on permanent reforms to Canada’s sickness, caregiving leaves

With the coronavirus pandemic exposing gaps in sickness and caregiving leave provisions across Canada, the Institute for Research on Public Policy is calling for permanent…

  • By: Staff
  • October 8, 2021 October 8, 2021
  • 15:00

Top 5 HR, pension and benefits stories of the week

With many employers currently planning where employees will work post-coronavirus pandemic, our story on the Royal Bank of Canada’s hybrid work model piqued the interest…

  • By: Staff
  • October 8, 2021 October 8, 2021
  • 09:00

How employers can support staff well-being on World Mental Health Day and beyond

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, mental health was viewed as a workplace challenge waiting in the wings, but it’s moving to centre stage for many…

More Canadian employers topping up maternity leave benefits than parental leave benefits: survey

While more than half (58 per cent) of Canadian employers provide top-up pay for maternity leave benefits, just 33 per cent offer top-ups for parental…

  • By: Staff
  • October 7, 2021 October 7, 2021
  • 09:00

Public servants facing unpaid leave if not vaccinated by Oct. 29

The core public service, as well as air travel and rail employees, must all be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus by Oct. 29, according to…

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RBC banking on hybrid work model post-pandemic

The Royal Bank of Canada is applying the lessons it learned during the coronavirus pandemic to develop a hybrid work model for a wide range…

Samsung snags award for health, wellness program for all life stages

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s comprehensive employee health and wellness strategy scored it a win at Benefits Canada‘s 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards on Oct. 14. The technology company won…

Toronto software company offering 4-day workweek, flexibility to employees

A Toronto-based software developer is offering additional workplace flexibility to employees, leading to increased productivity and growth. Marco Osso, vice-president of employee success at Tulip.io…

Improving business outcomes top priority for investment organizations focusing on DEI: survey

A third of investment organizations participating in the CFA Institute’s recent diversity, equity and inclusion program said they’ve trained between 81 and 99 per cent…

  • By: Staff
  • September 16, 2021 September 15, 2021
  • 12:00

With hours before deadline, Liberals reshape pandemic aid to employers, workers

The federal government has unveiled a $7-billion redesign of pandemic aid for businesses and individuals that kicks in Sunday, which would cut support to almost…

Top 5 HR, pension and benefits stories of the week

Our story revealing the employers that took the top spots at the 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards was the most-read story over the past week on BenefitsCanada.com. Here…

  • By: Staff
  • October 22, 2021 October 21, 2021
  • 09:00

‘Significant’ wave of terminations coming due to workplace vaccine mandates: lawyer

Canada is facing a potential wave of terminations tied to mandatory workplace vaccine policies as a growing number of employers require workers to be fully…

Should employers offer paid menstrual leave?

On the first day of her period, Amy Saunders says she’s often stuck in bed with a hot water bottle, downing painkillers and drinking tea.…

Shopify wins award for ‘digital by design’ employee health, wellness strategy

Shopify Inc. was awarded for its digital-first employee health and wellness strategy at Benefits Canada‘s 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards on Oct. 14. The technology company won the…

Unilever awarded for holistic approach to supporting employees amid pandemic

Unilever Canada’s holistic approach to supporting employees’ health and well-being throughout the coronavirus pandemic scored the company a win at Benefits Canada’s 2021 Workplace Benefits…