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Does CEWS leave workers on parental, disability leave behind?

Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge employees who were on leave in the months leading up to the coronavirus shutdown appear to have fallen through a crack in the federal government’s wage subsidy program. The Air Canada component of the Canadian Union of Public Employees has pointed out that the airline’s unilateral use of the […]

Unions across job sectors crying out for increased safety measures

Unions across the country are pushing for further measures to keep their members safe, whether they stock the frozen food section in a grocery store or care for critically-ill patients in an intensive care unit. Health-care workers Unifor had strong words for an Ontario government directive that allows employers to ask long-term care workers who’ve […]

Employers taking many approaches to leave, benefits during coronavirus pandemic

Canadian employers are taking varied approaches to leave, compensation and benefits during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new survey by Aon. The survey, conducted between April 1 and 3, found two in five employers said they’ve laid workers off temporarily. About a quarter (23 per cent) said they’ve encouraged workers to take annual leave, […]

  • By: Staff
  • April 20, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 15:30

The majority of Canadian employers are aware of workers who can’t conform to their normal schedule because of family responsibilities while working from home during the coronavirus pandemic. According to a survey by the Conference Board of Canada, 86 per cent of employers are aware they have employees in these situations. Three-quarters (76 per cent) of these employers […]

  • By: Staff
  • April 15, 2020 November 23, 2020
  • 16:00
Number of staff working remotely, part time up 415%: survey

Several weeks into the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. has seen a 415 per cent increase in the percentage of employees working remotely or part time, according to a new survey by WorldatWork. The survey, which polled more than 1,500 total rewards and human resources professionals in the U.S., also found 37 per cent of organizations are providing […]

  • By: Staff
  • April 13, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 15:15
Molson Coors launches paid leave programs during coronavirus

Molson Coors Beverage Co. is providing all its North American employees with access to new paid leave programs during the coronavirus crisis. For employees who have to work onsite and are at “high risk for severe outcomes of coronavirus,” the company is offering the option of a voluntary paid leave during the month of April. […]

  • By: Staff
  • March 30, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 15:15
Some large retailers maintaining pay, benefits for store staff amid temporary closures

While many retailers are maintaining pay and benefits for their store-based staff amid temporary closures caused by the coronavirus crisis, what about employees who are still coming into work and serving the public? Loblaw Companies Ltd. is stepping up. Following discussions with the United Food and Commercial Workers union, it’s adding $2 to the hourly […]

  • By: Staff
  • March 23, 2020 October 14, 2021
  • 09:00
Nav Canada, Unifor reach agreement with early retirement option, pay rise

Nav Canada’s air navigation specialists are receiving a new end-of-career leave program and a three per cent wage increase in their new collective agreement. The workers, represented by Unifor Local 1016, voted 97 per cent in favour of ratifying the agreement. The wage increases on salaries and premiums are retroactive to July 1, 2019. The end-of-career […]

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an $82 billion stimulus package to underpin several new policies aimed at supporting Canadian workers and employers during the coronavirus pandemic. “Public health should never hinge on financial considerations,” said Trudeau at a press conference on Wednesday morning. The support will come through a combination of $27 billion in direct […]

Lower income workers likely to see least paid time off as pandemic swirls: report

Paid leave from work is the first financial line of defence during a crisis preventing employees from coming to work. For one, it guards against the complexities of having to navigate employment insurance, according to a new report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. But as the effects of the coronavirus ripple across the […]

  • By: Staff
  • March 18, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 09:15