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Trust essential in remote working era, say experts, after time-theft ruling

Employers and employees must tread a fine line between trust, monitoring and micromanaging in the new age of remote working, say experts. Their comments come…

Microsoft’s U.S. employees receiving unlimited vacation days

Microsoft Corp. is providing its full-time U.S. employees with unlimited time off, effective this week. The policy, which will only apply to salaried U.S. workers,…

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  • January 16, 2023 January 16, 2023
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Employers can use ‘Blue Monday’ to reset workplace mental-health strategies

The third Monday in January, also known as ‘Blue Monday,’ is considered to be the saddest day of the year, as people contend with frigid…

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Top 5 HR, benefits, pension and investment stories of the week

An article on the potential impacts of Alberta withdrawing from the Canada Pension Plan was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here…

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  • January 13, 2023 January 12, 2023
  • 09:00
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Wage costs up, working hours down due to absenteeism: report

While employment is more than three per cent higher than it was at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, working hours are up by only…

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  • January 13, 2023 January 12, 2023
  • 09:00

Disney requiring employees to return to office four days a week

The Walt Disney Co. is requiring its white-collar employees to work onsite four days a week beginning in March. According to a report by CNBC,…

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  • January 11, 2023 January 11, 2023
  • 15:00
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Communication of DEI initiatives important in remote, hybrid working arrangements: expert

Amid a shift to remote and hybrid working arrangements, communication is key to resolving the disconnect between managers and employees on diversity, equity and inclusion…

Canadian ESG-related investment assets surge to $3.2 trillion: report

Report finds Canada’s largest employers increasingly tying executive compensation to ESG factors

Canada’s largest employers are increasing their use of environmental, social and governance factors in determining executive compensation, according to a new report by Fasken Martineau…

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  • January 10, 2023 January 9, 2023
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How employers can ease return to office for employees with disabilities

Employers requiring workers with disabilities to return to the office should increase flexibility and regularly check in with these employees to make the transition as…

Flexible workplaces a win-win for workers, employers: report

Flexible schedules and shorter workweeks can lead to more productive, healthy and loyal workers, according to a new report on work-life balance by the United Nations’…

U.S. Department of Defense expanding military parental leave program

The U.S. Department of Defense is expanding its parental leave program for military personnel. Specifically, the expansion will provide parental leave to active and reserve…

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  • January 6, 2023 January 5, 2023
  • 15:00
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Top 5 HR, benefits, pension and investment stories of the week

An article on the the latest investments by Canadian institutional investment organizations was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five…

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  • January 6, 2023 January 6, 2023
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My Take: Support tools important when bringing employees back to the workplace

Over the past year, a number of employers have mandated that employees return to the physical office, citing the need for in-person collaboration and social…

Bell Let’s Talk Day: More mental-health support needed in the workplace

Bell Canada is marking its annual Let’s Talk Day with a call-to-action for increased mental-health support within communities and workplaces. “This year’s campaign has taken…

Hybrid work, four-day workweek shaping employee well-being: expert

Hybrid work and the rise of the four-day workweek are among the factors shaping employers’ well-being and mental-health strategies in 2023, says Laura Putnam, founder…

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  • December 16, 2022 December 15, 2022
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2022 Healthy Outcomes Conference: Integrating DEI strategies into benefits programs

The majority of Capital One Canada’s workforce are second-generation Canadians and/or immigrants, so many employees didn’t see their families during the pandemic. While they wanted…

EI system requires modernization to withstand economic challenges: report

Canada’s employment insurance system requires modernization to withstand future economic challenges and to ensure Canadians’ financial security, according to a new report by the Institute…

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  • December 8, 2022 December 7, 2022
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TTC lifting coronavirus vaccine mandate Nov. 27

The Toronto Transit Commission is ending its mandatory coronavirus vaccination requirement for workers and offering to reinstate employees who were terminated as a result of…

City of Toronto lifting coronavirus vaccine mandate Dec. 1

The City of Toronto is lifting its coronavirus vaccination mandate for employees, effective Dec. 1. According to a press release, the mandate, which was introduced…

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  • November 11, 2022 November 10, 2022
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New pension plan design offers U.S. public workers retirement benefits, regardless of length of service

A new retirement plan design could allow more public employees in the U.S. to accrue retirement benefits regardless of their length of service, according to…

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  • January 25, 2023 January 25, 2023
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64% of U.S. employers increasing investments in employee wellness: survey

Nearly two-thirds (64 per cent) of U.S. employers are planning to increase their spend on employee wellness programs, according to a new survey by Wellable.…

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  • January 25, 2023 January 24, 2023
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Survey finds four-day workweek gaining mainstream momentum with Canadian employers

A four-day workweek may be gaining mainstream momentum in corporate Canada as workplaces continue to fine tune schedules and working conditions, suggests new research. A…