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Thomson Reuters Corp. is supporting employee well-being with a new policy that allows workers to choose how many vacation days they take each year. Beginning Jan. 1, 2023, employees in Canada and the U.S. can take vacation time as needed to work on personal well-being, to travel or pursue personal interests. The vacation policy is part […]

Canada has one of the highest incidence rates of inflammatory bowel disease in the world. “We don’t know why, but Canada is one of the hotspots,” said Dr Mark Silverberg, gastroenterologist at Mount Sinai Hospital and the University of Toronto, during a webinar hosted by Benefits Canada and sponsored by Takeda Canada in November. IBD […]

Developmental service workers across the Greater Toronto Area are exercising their right to strike after their union — the Service Employees International Union Healthcare — was unsuccessful in securing paid sick days and better wages for employees. The employees, who work for Kerry’s Place, a service provider for families with children, adolescents and adults with autism […]

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  • November 21, 2022 November 21, 2022
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The union representing more than 60 employees at Right Time Call Centre in St. Catharines, Ont. has ratified a three-year collective agreement that includes bereavement leave enhancements. The agreement will allow employees to use their three paid days of bereavement leave for the death of a stepfather, stepmother or foster parent, as well as the parent […]

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  • November 14, 2022 November 11, 2022
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Ontario education workers are striking over extended benefits, short-term disability leave and wage increases, among other requests by the workers’ union the Canadian Union of Public Employees. The CUPE is asking the provincial government to provide additional funds to cover the increasing costs of medications and health and dental services, according to the CUPE’s Ontario […]

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The Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan’s response to the coronavirus pandemic led to a win in the Coronavirus and benefits category for an employer with fewer than 1,000 employees at Benefits Canada‘s 2022 Workplace Benefits Awards on Oct. 18. When the pandemic was declared in March 2020, the organization quickly responded with measures such as […]

An article about an open letter that highlighted how proposed amendments to the federal Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act could have a positive impact on defined benefit plan members was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. Amendments to insolvency legislation would secure DB pensions, […]

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  • October 21, 2022 October 21, 2022
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Fluor Canada Ltd.’s dynamic approach to absence management scored the company a win at Benefits Canada‘s 2022 Workplace Benefits Awards on Oct. 18. The multinational engineering and construction company won in the Absence management program category for policies such as flexible work options, general leaves of absence, family-friendly resources and paid time off, including 26 Fridays off per […]

Alongside the return of the live, in-person Healthy Outcomes Conference on Oct. 18, Benefits Canada announced the winners of the 2022 Workplace Benefits Awards. During the full-day conference in Toronto, 26 finalists gathered to learn about the big topics around employee health and well-being, with winner announcements across 11 categories announced throughout the day. All […]

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  • October 19, 2022 November 3, 2022
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Women comprise 34% of new Canadian board appointments: report

Arthritis Society Canada is supporting female employees by including menopause in its accommodation policy. The policy identifies ways in which a menopausal woman might require similar accommodations as a pregnant woman and includes adjusting an employee’s job responsibilities, finding alternate work and taking leave, says Trish Barbato, president and chief executive officer at Arthritis Society Canada. “I see […]