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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 Awards on Oct. 14. The organization was awarded in the Coronavirus and Benefits category for an employer with more than 5,000 employees. Unilever’s global well-being framework is based on four […]

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Canadian employers are using bonuses to attract and retain employees in a difficult labour market, according to a new survey by Mercer. Half (50 per cent) of respondents said they’re providing sign-on bonuses for select new non-executive hires. And while 55 per cent aren’t offering retention bonuses, 35 per cent said they’re being provided for […]

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  • September 29, 2021 September 29, 2021
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Senior executives of some of Canada’s largest companies saw their total pay increase by an average of 17 per cent, or $171,000, in 2020 compared to 2019, according to a new report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. The CCPA tracked the compensation of 1,096 senior executives, including those in the C-suite, using filings […]

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  • September 1, 2021 September 2, 2021
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The first strike at Vale Canada in more than a decade is drawing to a close after unionized workers at the Sudbury, Ont., mine ratified a collective agreement that includes improved pension and health benefits. Through the agreement — which expires May 31, 2026 — the monthly pre-age 65 defined benefit pension will increase by $50 to […]

More than 2,000 workers at a Vale nickel mine in Sudbury, Ont., are continuing their strike after their union, United Steelworkers Local 6500, rejected the company’s five-year contract proposal, which cuts health and medical benefits for existing and future employees. The June 14 offer was Vale’s second since the workers went on strike June 1, […]

An economist says the recent decision by Air Canada executives to voluntarily give back their bonuses is an incredibly rare case of an about-face on compensation from a company. David Macdonald, a senior economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, says it’s unusual for public outcry to be successful in nudging C-suite employees to return their […]

Amazon.com Inc. and Walmart Inc. are offering bonuses to U.S. employees who show proof of a coronavirus vaccination. Amazon is giving $100 to new hires who show proof of vaccination, according to a press release, which noted the company is also offering sign-on bonuses of up to $1,000 in some locations as it hires more […]

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  • May 26, 2021 May 25, 2021
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While 74 per cent of Canadian employees said their optimism about the workplace remains unchanged from before the coronavirus pandemic, the ongoing crisis has affected several aspects of employment including work-life balance, according to a new survey by ADP Inc. The survey found 46 per cent of respondents have been forced to make a choice, […]

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  • May 11, 2021 May 11, 2021
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In recognition of its employees’ efforts during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Volkswagen and Germany’s largest industrial union have agreed on a 23-month wage deal that provides a €1,000-euro bonus (approximately $1,501.37 in Canadian dollars), as well as a 2.3 per cent wage increase that will take effect in January 2022. The deal covers 120,000 workers at […]

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 the pay bump is “the right thing to do.” “When regions and cities enter government-mandated lockdowns that close all non-essential retail, we continue to live up to our commitments and […]