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With a few days under their belts to digest the federal government’s proposed wage subsidy benefits, some Canadian employers are starting to rehire workers who were put on furlough or laid off entirely. In a press release on Monday, Air Canada said it’s rehiring about 16,500 employees who will receive the 75 per cent wage subsidy, which aims to […]

With a rise in big data and artificial intelligence, institutional investors are starting to look for staff with different skills. Much of the success in the investment management industry depends on managers’ abilities to analyze information in a systematic way and generate actionable insights, says Jason Stefanelli, director and head of Canada at William Blair […]

  • By: Yaelle Gang
  • February 12, 2020 December 13, 2020
  • 08:27
Workplaces key sites for mental-health promotion, finds UBC study

A growing body of international evidence indicates education, prevention efforts and early intervention are critical to people’s mental health, according to a new study at the University of British Columbia. Mental-health efforts are taking place “across social systems and within organizational structures, including public health, educational institutions and workplaces,” noted the study, authored by Miranda Massie, a […]

Despite rise in digital tools, most Canadians prefer personalized hiring process: survey

Nearly two-thirds (64 per cent) of Canadians prefer a personalized touch in the hiring process, such as face-to-face interactions, according to a new survey by Ranstad Canada. The survey found a similar percentage (63 per cent) of respondents said the abundance of digital options has made it more difficult to find jobs and 62 per cent said they find […]

  • By: Staff
  • March 23, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 16:49
Aon to sell benefits administration and HR outsourcing platform

Aon is selling its human resources administration business and its human resources operating platform to investment firm Blackstone for U.S.$4.3 billion at closing and up to an additional US$500 million, depending on future performance. In a news release, Aon said it expects after-tax proceeds of the sale of the business, which targets larger clients, will […]

  • By: Staff
  • February 10, 2017 September 13, 2019
  • 10:09
Facebook HR changes inspire Toronto company to reconsider leave policies

After reading Facebook Inc.’s announcement of extended family and bereavement leave, one Canadian company was inspired to rethink its own human resources policies. “Wow. Honestly, I’m a CEO of a small company in Canada,” Leigh Himel, founder and co-chief executive officer of marketing agency Gravity Partners Ltd. in Toronto, commented on Facebook’s post. “No marketing agencies I […]

Task force recommends HR overhaul for Toronto Police Service

A task force report published Thursday makes 32 recommendations on how to “modernize” the 8,000-member Toronto Police Service, including a significant overhaul of the organization’s human resources strategy. According to the task force, this would include changes to the roles, functions and structure of the service’s HR unit to enable it to a play a […]

  • By: Staff
  • January 27, 2017 September 13, 2019
  • 08:45
Sounding Board: How to deal with medical marijuana in the workplace

Whenever we mention the phrase “medical marijuana in the workplace,” we’re met with eye-rolls and smirks. After all, a poll we conducted in September 2016 found only 21 per cent of business leaders in small and medium-sized companies believe medical marijuana should be covered under a group benefits plan. But employers also have to consider […]

How Canadian Tire connects retirement to profits

Canadian Tire Corp. was an early adopter of profit sharing as a way to include all of its employees in the success of the company, but a big feature of the program that sets it apart is its use as a retirement savings account that automatically registers employees. “We do believe we have quite a […]

Why you should hire a debt counsellor

You don’t need a psychologist to tell you financial debt creates stress. Almost a third (31%) of Canadians experience stress due to credit card debt, according to a 2015 Global News/Ipsos Reid poll. “The key issue is how they’re managing personally,” says Laurie Campbell, chief executive officer of Credit Canada Debt Solutions. “They’re often an […]