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Feds facing calls to extend wage, rent subsidies as coronavirus crisis drags on

The federal Liberals are facing calls from some of the hardest-hit businesses in the coronavirus pandemic to extend emergency-relief programs beyond June. The government has…

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Ontario’s budget highlights pension benefits, ongoing support for employers and employees

In its 2021 budget on Wednesday, the Ontario government said it’s requiring pension plan administrators to calculate and report their plan’s claim exposure to the…

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  • March 25, 2021 March 25, 2021
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How Citigroup is using leave policies to support employees amid the pandemic

As the effects of the coronavirus pandemic reshapes the Canadian workplace and employees struggle to maintain a sense of normalcy, Citigroup Inc. is preparing for…

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…

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Ford steering 30K employees to indefinite remote work

It’s a question occupying the minds of millions of employees who’ve worked from home for just over a year now: will they still be allowed…

Mandatory coronavirus testing for unionized employees allowed: arbitrator

Arbitrator Dana Randall has ruled that unilaterally-imposed, bi-weekly testing for the novel coronavirus at a Woodstock, Ont., unionized retirement home is reasonable when weighed against…

Ontario Amazon warehouse being investigated for labour violations following coronavirus outbreak

An Amazon warehouse that was ordered to shut down last week due to a major coronavirus outbreak is also being investigated for potential labour violations, the Ontario…

Nike releases new DEI goals, ties executive pay to broader ESG efforts

Nike Inc. has released a series of diversity, equity and inclusion targets it aims to achieve over the next five years and announced it’ll tie…

  • By: Staff
  • March 15, 2021 March 16, 2021
  • 09:00

One year later: Why employers should create ‘water-cooler’ moments for employees amid the pandemic

As the world enters the second year of the coronavirus pandemic, employers and employees alike have rapidly adapted to the new virtual workplace, but the…

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Bridgestone offering U.S. staff $100 to get coronavirus vaccinations

Bridgestone Corp. is offering US$100 payments to its approximately 33,000 employees in the U.S. to  get vaccinated against the coronavirus, joining a group of large companies…

Canadian employers planning for a post-pandemic reality: survey

Canadian employers are preparing vaccination, remote-work and hiring plans as they look forward to a post-coronavirus pandemic world, according to a new survey from ManpowerGroup…

  • By: Staff
  • March 10, 2021 March 16, 2021
  • 09:00

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

SEB’s FlexPlus is simplifying the benefits plan enrolment process

Navigating the benefits plan enrolment process — and the multiple service providers in a benefits offering — can be a challenge for employees with plenty…

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.…

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  • February 10, 2021 March 26, 2021
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Microsoft Canada advancing DEI goals with new partnership

Microsoft Canada is partnering with the Black Professionals in Tech Network to grow Black talent at the company, in line with advancing its own culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. Microsoft executives…

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  • February 8, 2021 March 26, 2021
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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…

Unions calling for ‘universal wage’ for PSWs, better access to PPE for health-care workers

Health-care workers across Ontario are still struggling to obtain personal protective equipment to shield them from the coronavirus, said three major unions, which are also…

EU implementing new pay transparency rules to help close gender wage gap

Ahead of International Women’s Day next week, the European Union Commission announced it’s imposing new rules to make pay levels public in order to make…

Majority of Amazon workers at Alabama warehouse vote not to unionize

Amazon workers voted against forming a union at a warehouse in Alabama, handing the online retail giant a decisive victory and cutting off a path…

Assessing the mental-health offerings for plan members with moderate to severe symptoms

The pandemic has taken a dramatic toll on the well-being of Canadians, but one of the most notable trends has been its impact on employees…

What plan sponsors need to know about employees with atopic dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis affects all areas of patients’ lives, including their work and productivity, said Lyn Guenther, professor of dermatology at Western University, during Benefits Canada’s…