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Men and women are unevenly participating in equity compensation plans among private employers, according to new research conducted in the U.S. by Morgan Stanley. The investment bank and financial service company found only 41 per cent of women participated in these plans, compared to 52 per cent of men. And of those individuals who were […]

  • By: Staff
  • March 25, 2021 March 25, 2021
  • 15:00
Federal employers shouldn’t change employment entitlements during notice period: court

A recent decision from the Ontario Superior Court suggests that federally-regulated employers will be held to the same strict rules as their provincial counterparts in ensuring that termination provisions comply with minimum employment standards. “The decision in Sager v. TFI International Inc. extends courts’ pro-employee interpretation of termination clauses in the context of minimum  standards […]

Fewer companies planning 2021 salary freezes than last summer: survey

Approximately seven per cent of Canadian companies plan to freeze salaries in 2021, according to a new survey by Normandin Beaudry. It found that while fewer organizations plan to freeze salaries this year compared to last summer (when more than 20 per cent of respondents planned a freeze), the number is still higher than pre-coronavirus pandemic […]

  • By: Staff
  • January 12, 2021 February 16, 2021
  • 09:00
Supreme Court decision aggravates termination clause problems for employers

A recent decision from the Supreme Court of Canada suggests the test for employers seeking to limit recovery for unlawful termination damages related to long-term incentive plans may be insurmountable in practice. The mid-October ruling concluded that David Matthews was entitled to a payout under his incentive plan when the company was sold 13 months […]

Starbucks tying executive pay to diversity targets

Starbucks Corp. is aiming to tie its executive compensation to diversity targets beginning in 2021. The move is one of a series of initiatives the coffee chain has pledged to implement in its diversity, equity and inclusion goals and training, which come at a time of social justice unrest in the U.S. Starbucks has committed to […]

NWT, Nunavut workers’ commission proposing new pension system

The Northwest Territories and Nunavut Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission is proposing eliminating lifetime pensions and replacing them with a new system that includes earnings loss and retirement benefits. Currently, the North is the only jurisdiction in Canada with a workers’ compensation system that provides pensions for life, according to a review carried out by the WSCC in 2014. […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 1, 2020 November 30, 2020
  • 09:00
Canadian salary increase budgets dropping in 2020: survey

Organizations in all Canadian provinces and territories are seeing a drop in their salary increase budgets for 2020, according to a new survey by WorldatWork. Alberta and Saskatchewan (both dropping from 2.8 per cent to 2.3 per cent), the Northwest Territories (from 2.7 per cent to 2.1 per cent), Nunavut (from 2.7 per cent to […]

  • By: Staff
  • August 13, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 09:18
Unifor, Co-op end months-long pension dispute with new collective agreement

Saskatchewan refinery workers have ratified a tentative agreement with Federated Co-operatives Ltd., bringing an end to a half-year labour dispute over the company’s defined benefit pension plan. The new seven-year collective agreement for Unifor Local 594 members, who voted 89 per cent in favour, will maintain the DB pension plan and the employer-matched employee savings plan […]

  • By: Staff
  • June 24, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 09:00

While Foodora announced in April that it’s shutting down its Canadian operations, its Toronto and Mississauga drivers, nevertheless, have voted to join the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, making them the first app-based workforce to unionize. “The truth is free — we are a union and we deserve respect and rights from our employer,” said Iván Ostos, a […]

  • By: Staff
  • June 17, 2020 December 2, 2020
  • 15:15
U.S. employers maintaining health benefits, considering other cost-cutting measures: survey

In the group benefits world, the first rumblings of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic came when plan sponsors started asking, as early as January, about their travel insurance provisions. “Clients were worried about their business travellers and expatriate employees, in China mostly, and afterwards for their employees travelling for their winter vacations,” said Daniel […]