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Since this month’s editorial is my farewell (for just five months) as I prepare for the birth of my second child at the end of 2023, sitting down to write it prompted me to look back at my editorial three years ago when I was getting ready to become a parent for the first time. […]

With more than 40,000 employees across the country, Amazon Canada is a microcosm of the wider national workforce. Comprising five generations, the online retailer’s workers represent a wide spectrum of savings goals and related challenges. And to support these goals, it has developed a diverse array of options to meet staff at every stage of […]

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • December 15, 2023 December 14, 2023
  • 08:57
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After a five-day strike, the union representing 800 employees at Magna International Inc.’s Integram Seating factory in Windsor, Ont. has ratified a collective agreement that includes multiple benefits gains. The benefits gains include: vision coverage, from $250 every two years to $400; a rise in the basic annual dental maximum, from $1,600 to $1,900; an […]

  • By: Staff
  • December 8, 2023 December 7, 2023
  • 09:00

Discouraged with the state of the current economy, more and more younger workers are abandoning saving for retirement and focusing on ‘soft saving.’ Soft saving is when employees, many of whom started their careers later than previous generations, decide to take a more laid-back approach to saving for the future, rather than adopt the FIRE concept — […]

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Two-thirds (65 per cent) of U.S. employees rank flexible work options as the No. 1 component of compensation beyond salary, down from 71 per cent in 2022, according to a new report by the Conference Board Inc. The survey, which polled more than 1,500 workers, found employees in hybrid (68 per cent) and fully remote […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 20, 2023 November 20, 2023
  • 15:00
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The Association of Canadian Pension Management is reiterating its support for fully enabling automatic features in retirement savings plans, including defined contribution pensions, group registered retirement savings plans and group tax-free savings accounts. In a letter to the Ontario government, the association said the province’s employers want to implement automatic features that reduce red tape […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 17, 2023 November 16, 2023
  • 09:00
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While more than three-quarters (79 per cent) of U.S. employees say they’re satisfied with their employer-sponsored pension plan, 76 per cent say they’re concerned about their capacity to save for retirement due to economic volatility, according to a new survey by Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. The survey, which polled more than 300 employees and […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 8, 2023 November 8, 2023
  • 15:00

More than 5,600 Ford of Canada workers have voted in favour of ratifying a three-year collective agreement that includes improvements to the defined contribution and defined benefit pension plans. The agreement “fundamentally transforms pension plans,” said Lana Payne, Unifor national president, in a press release. Under the agreement, the DB plan’s basic monthly benefit rate […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 25, 2023 September 25, 2023
  • 09:00
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The majority (95 per cent) of U.S. 401(k) plan sponsors say they intend to change their plan design by the end of the year, according to a new survey by Fidelity Institutional. The survey, which polled more than 1,300 employers, found a quarter said they plan to increase their matching contribution (26 per cent) and […]

  • By: Staff
  • August 30, 2023 August 30, 2023
  • 15:00

B.C. Transit’s Fraser Valley bus drivers are joining the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology’s DBplus pension plan. After a strike action that lasted 124 days earlier this year, the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 561 secured a new six-year contract agreement for its 213 members who work in the communities of Abbotsford, Agassiz-Harrison, […]