Top Stories in Human resources

PIPSC agreement includes parental leave top-up, paid domestic violence leave

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada and the Treasury Board have reached an agreement that includes expanded parental leave top-up, paid leave…

  • By: Staff
  • May 29, 2019 November 30, 2020
  • 09:30

Work-home role ambiguity negatively affects commuters: study

Employees who think about their upcoming role at work during their morning commutes are less likely to be negatively affected, according to a recent study by the…

  • By: Staff
  • May 27, 2019 November 30, 2020
  • 09:45

Employers must shape workplace culture to fit preferences of younger generations: survey

More than four out of five (83 per cent) Canadian workers are satisfied with their work, according to a study on the Canadian workplace by office supplies,…

  • By: Staff
  • May 24, 2019 November 30, 2020
  • 13:15

To raise workplace productivity, turn the thermostat up: study

A new study linking gender and responses to temperature could have an impact on workplace productivity. The study, which was published in the German-based, peer-reviewed scientific…

  • By: Staff
  • May 23, 2019 November 30, 2020
  • 15:45

Fear of speaking up can lead to employee mental-health issues: survey

The majority of U.S. employees feel they can’t share an idea, opinion or concern at work due to a fear of disrupting their role at…

  • By: Staff
  • May 21, 2019 November 30, 2020
  • 15:00

Should employers help staff save for vacations?

Benefits plans tackle everything from retirement to rheumatoid arthritis, but should they help employees cross items off their bucket lists, too? In her research, Erica…

CMHA releases guide for workplace impairment policies

The Canadian Mental Health Association is publishing a free resource to help employers develop new workplace impairment policies or update their existing ones. The guide’s goal…

  • By: Staff
  • May 15, 2019 November 30, 2020
  • 15:15

Diversity and inclusion key part of new parental sharing benefit

The ways that Canadians partner up is changing, leading to questions about how different types of families access parental benefits. “When we think about Canada, and we…

Distressed workers lose eight days a month in productivity: research

Employees dealing with mental-health or other well-being issues spend more than a third of their time at the office being unproductive, according to new research by…

  • By: Staff
  • May 15, 2019 November 30, 2020
  • 08:12

Roll out of higher CPP costs expected to affect HR budgets for benefits, wages

It may not happen this year, or next year, or even the year after that. But sometime between now and 2025, Canadian employers will almost…

U.S. employers offering more diverse vacation options: survey

Employers are offering more innovative ways for workers to take time off, according to a survey  by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. The…

  • By: Staff
  • May 10, 2019 December 3, 2020
  • 09:30

Editorial: Employers, flex your flexible working muscles

Today’s modern world is constantly shifting, piling more and more layers on for people attempting to juggle, and balance, the responsibilities of work and life. Since…

Is an open concept working environment really ideal for employees?

Technology is changing the way we live, but it’s also affecting how work is done and the way workspaces are designed. Indeed, computers have made…

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…

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

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…

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…

Sobeys reinstating ‘hero pay’ for employees amid third wave of pandemic

Sobeys Inc. is reinstating a lockdown bonus for employees in areas with renewed stay-at-home orders, said a statement by the grocery retailer, which also noted…

TTC appointing first chief diversity and culture officer

Keisha Campbell is now serving as the Toronto Transit Commission’s first chief diversity and culture officer, a new executive role created to address systemic issues…

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

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…