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More than two-thirds (68 per cent) of working mothers are concerned about losing the level of flexibility they have at work in 2024, according to a new survey by Robert Half Canada Inc. Over the last 24 months, more companies have mandated employees to work onsite more frequently and that’s a big concern for working parents, […]

The federal government has begun imposing financial sanctions on the Canada Life Assurance Co. after months of outcry from public servants, retirees and their families who were left fighting for medical claims to be covered, according to a report by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Public Services and Procurement Canada said it’s “taking steps to address startup delays faced by […]

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  • May 3, 2024 May 3, 2024
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Ontario will do away with sick note requirements for short absences as part of a larger effort to ease the administrative burden on doctors. The province will soon introduce legislation that, if passed, will no longer allow employers to require a sick note from a doctor for the provincially protected three days of sick leave […]

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Nearly half (49 per cent) of Canadian job postings on Indeed.com in February 2024 featured pay information, up from 22 per cent in early 2019, according to a report by the job search website’s Hiring Lab research centre. The report, which extracted pay information from job postings published on the website, found among postings that included pay […]

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  • April 1, 2024 March 28, 2024
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The federal minimum wage is rising to $17.30 per hour, effective April 1. The increase from $16.65 reflects the increase in the annual average consumer price index for 2023. Roughly 30,000 employees in the federally regulated private sector are expected to benefit from the increase, according to a press release, which also noted employers are […]

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The Canada Revenue Agency’s guidance for determining a full-time remote worker’s province of employment for payroll deduction purposes, which came into force on Jan. 1, could prove burdensome to employers. “While the intention is to create certainty, whether it will do so remains to be seen,” says Sarah Mills, an employment lawyer at Blaney McMurtry […]

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An article on how a shorter workweek can support higher levels of employee health and happiness was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com. Here are the top five human resources, benefits, pension and investment stories of the past week: 1. Four-day workweek improves employee well-being, retention: expert 2. Report finds women taking 69% of all mental-health leaves of […]

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  • March 15, 2024 March 14, 2024
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Manitoba’s auditor general says the provincial government has introduced information technology security measures to help employees work from home, but some improvements are needed. Tyson Shtykalo examined information technology systems after government employees began to work remotely during the coronavirus pandemic. His 23-page report says the province uses encryption to protect data, but some settings […]

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The Ontario Pension Board is working closely with employers to receive updated salary information from public sector workers that may have been impacted by the decision of Ontario’s government to repeal Bill 124. In a communication to members, the investment organization said the changes could include “additional pension contributions for any retroactive wage adjustments.” Read: Ontario […]

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  • March 12, 2024 March 13, 2024
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Several stakeholders from the benefits sector are partnering to form the Smart Health Benefits Coalition, an advocacy group that aims to strengthen the health-care system and address longstanding gaps in care. The federal government will release the framework for its pharmacare program on March 1 and the coalition — comprised of representatives from Gallagher, Benefits Alliance, GroupHEALTH, Hub International Ltd., […]