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New Zealand’s parliament unanimously approved legislation last month that gives couples the right to three days of paid leave after a miscarriage or stillbirth, making it one of the first countries in the world to do so. While the country had previously required employers to provide paid leave in the event of a stillbirth — […]


Staples Canada Inc. is the latest Canadian employer to provide employees with paid leave to receive a coronavirus vaccination. The company will provide up to three hours of paid leave as well as access to educational resources and information sessions with a medical professional about vaccines, according to a press release. Read: Canada Goose offering […]

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  • April 7, 2021 April 7, 2021
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The City of Toronto is planning to bring the coronavirus vaccine to high-risk workplaces in an effort to stop the spread of the disease, the city’s mayor said Monday as pressure mounted on the province to vaccinate essential workers. Mayor John Tory says the city is currently developing the details of the plan, which will […]

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Job-protected leave has been written into British Columbia’s Employment Standards Act to give workers time off to get their coronavirus vaccinations. Labour Minister Harry Bains says the safeguard will ensure that no one will lose their job if they need time away to get vaccinated. The changes allow part-time and full-time workers to take as much […]

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Canada Goose Inc. is the latest employer to provide employees with paid leave to receive a coronavirus vaccine. The clothing manufacturer, which is headquartered in Toronto with offices and factories across North America and stores around the world, is offering all its staff up to four hours paid leave to get vaccinated, as well as the […]

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  • March 29, 2021 March 30, 2021
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In its 2021 budget on Wednesday, the Ontario government said it’s requiring pension plan administrators to calculate and report their plan’s claim exposure to the pension benefits guarantee fund, to support the protection of benefits into the future. A review of the fund, discussed in the province’s 2020 budget, found there was a need for […]

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  • March 25, 2021 March 25, 2021
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As Saskatchewan’s provincial government rolls out phase two of its vaccine delivery plan, the province is also amending its occupational health and safety regulations to allow employees to receive paid time off from work to get vaccinated for the coronavirus. According to a press release, the amendment to The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 2020 establishes that […]

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  • March 22, 2021 March 22, 2021
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Urban Nature Store will offer paid time off to all of its full- and part-time hourly employees who choose to receive the coronavirus vaccine, regardless of whether their vaccination appointment times are scheduled during or outside of work hours. The Canadian-owned, regional store chain will provide vaccinated employees, from each of its seven southern Ontario […]

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  • March 18, 2021 March 19, 2021
  • 15:00

Indigo Books & Music Inc. is offering paid sick leave for employees that test positive for coronavirus during an eight-week screening program led by the Ontario Ministry of Health. This includes employees at the company’s distribution centres, retail locations and head office, according to a press release, which noted the retailer hasn’t experienced any transmission […]

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  • February 9, 2021 March 26, 2021
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To achieve DEI goals, plan sponsors can start by reviewing benefits plans

After a turbulent 2020 brought with it the coronavirus pandemic and a global call for social justice, companies prioritizing diversity, equity and inclusion in its wake should start by reviewing their benefits plans to ensure there’s enough flexibility to meet the needs of these times and inclusivity for employees from all backgrounds, says Kim Siddall, […]