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A decision by a British Columbia labour arbitrator on how a drug cost-control program violated a collective agreement was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. Implementation of drug cost-control program violated collective agreement: arbitrator 2. Employers seeking to withhold termination entitlements must prove […]

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  • May 20, 2022 May 20, 2022
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Many U.S. employers are adding travel coverage for employees travelling for an abortion, amid recent restrictions imposed by several states. Among the employers offering this coverage are Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc., Citigroup Inc., Levi-Strauss & Co., Microsoft Inc. and Yelp Inc. Currently, 13 states have imposed restrictions to abortion access and, if the Supreme Court […]

Contract food services and custodial workers at Canada’s colleges and universities have less access to pensions and paid leave than their in-house colleagues, according to a new report by the Canadian Union of Public Employees. The report, which analyzed employment data from publicly funded post-secondary institutions, found only 23 per cent of contract food services employers […]

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  • May 13, 2022 May 13, 2022
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The minister in charge of Canada’s federal social safety net for workers says the government is looking at removing rules that make it difficult for some to get their full parental leave as part of a review of the employment insurance system. Federal Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough says the issue’s particularly acute for new mothers because […]

Almost all (94 per cent) small- to medium-sized Canadian employers offer a benefits plan, according to a new survey by Humi. The survey, which polled the organization’s employer clients, found slightly more than a third (42 per cent) of respondents said they’re paying for the full cost of benefits premiums. However, when it comes to […]

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  • December 17, 2021 December 16, 2021
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SAP Canada is launching a benefits platform to help guide employees who identify as women through their motherhood journey. Launched last month, the platform is available to women who’re expecting, including via birth, adoption and/or surrogacy. It’s designed to support female employees expecting children, from having/welcoming a baby to taking maternity leave to returning to […]

Mandy Kwasnica and her husband’s lifelong dream to add children to their family has come true. The couple recently brought two children — Anya, 9, and Artem, 11 — to Canada after adopting them from the Ukraine (the new family of four is pictured above). “The second day we saw them, [Anya] had cards for […]

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  • November 24, 2021 November 23, 2021
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The majority of human resources professionals said they believe their organizations’ current benefits and retirement offerings are meeting the needs of a diverse workforce, according to a new survey by Aon. The survey, which polled 262 HR professionals across Canada, found almost three-quarters (74 per cent) said they believe their retirement savings program is sufficient for […]

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  • October 29, 2021 October 29, 2021
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While more than half (58 per cent) of Canadian employers provide top-up pay for maternity leave benefits, just 33 per cent offer top-ups for parental leave benefits, according to a new survey by Aon. The survey, conducted among 207 Canadian employers, found 53 per cent provide income replacement of 95 per cent to 100 per […]

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  • October 7, 2021 October 7, 2021
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The union representing employees at the Globe and Mail has ratified a new three-year contract that will provide a $1,500 mental-health benefit. Howard Law, director for the media sector at Unifor, says the mental-health benefit was increased from $850 and won’t be subject to the overall paramedical cap of $1,500. Read: Reliance Home Comfort, Unifor […]

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  • September 21, 2021 September 20, 2021
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