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A four-day workweek sounds appealing to workers — and possibly alarming to employers. A bill introduced in the California legislature earlier this year proposed a regular pay rate for 32 hours of work per week, with overtime kicking in after that. The measure stalled in committee for a lack of broad support but could resurface […]

The ‘Great Resignation’ is ushering in a period of great transformation for employers, the workforce and the workplace of the future, said Charmaine Alexander, senior advisor of disability management at Desjardins Insurance, during a session at Benefits Canada’s 2022 Benefits and Pension Summit on June 1. With labour shortages continuing to plague the workforce, Alexander believes […]

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Buss Financial Group is implementing a four-day workweek this summer to provide employees with more flexibility. Employees will have Fridays off on a rotating basis and if the program proves successful, it could be extended beyond the summer, says Lori Collins, chief operating officer at Buss Financial Group. She notes while the office has always […]

Cisco Systems Inc. is exploring shifting a percentage of its Canadian employees’ bonuses into their base pay to help staff contend with the impacts of inflation. The company’s decision comes as workers across the world are finding their paycheques aren’t going as far as they used to amid higher costs of living as a result […]

Editorial: Looking back — and ahead — in an unprecedented year

As the days grow warmer and Canada’s gradual seasonal shift steers toward spring, employers across the country are finally implementing their longstanding and much-delayed plans for returning to in-person offices or worksites — despite the fact that the coronavirus pandemic is deep into a sixth wave. It’s important to recognize that the workplaces we’re returning […]

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect people’s employment experience, four-day workweek trials around the world are testing a new way of working. Tina Dacin, professor and Stephen J.R. Smith chair of strategy and organizational behaviour at Smith School of Business, Queen’s University The seemingly endless ebbs and flows of the pandemic have required people […]

More than two-thirds (67 per cent) of U.S. employees believe a four-day workweek would alleviate their burnout, according to a survey by Eagle Hill Consulting Ltd. The survey, which polled more than 1,000 employees, found nearly half (49 per cent) said they’re feeling burnt out, with younger workers (53 per cent) and women (52 per cent) feeling […]

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  • May 2, 2022 May 2, 2022
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The Township of Springwater, Ont. is introducing a four-day workweek as part of a five-month pilot program to improve work-life balance for municipal employees. Starting April 25, employees can voluntarily work longer daily hours in a four-day schedule, according to a press release, which noted these employees will be in one of two groups that […]

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  • April 21, 2022 April 20, 2022
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Remote work is considered the second most important element to compensation and benefits packages, ranked only behind salary, according to a new survey by job search site FlexJobs. The survey, which polled more than 1,200 employees, found 77 per cent cited remote work options, compared to 83 per cent of respondents who cited salary. More […]

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  • March 30, 2022 March 29, 2022
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Ahead of the upcoming provincial election, Ontario Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca is promising several benefits for employees and employers in his economic platform. The platform, announced ahead of the 2022 election campaign, includes providing all Ontario workers with portable drug, dental and mental-health services; matching up to $1,000 in annual retirement savings for long-income earners, […]

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  • March 29, 2022 March 28, 2022
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