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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 […]

  • By: Staff
  • May 13, 2022 May 13, 2022
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The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce is adding gender affirmation coverage to its benefits program and enhancing existing offerings such as paid parental leave and fertility treatments. The gender affirmation benefit will cover specific gender transition surgeries and procedures not covered by provincial programs to an annual maximum of $10,000 and a lifetime maximum of $25,000, according to […]

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  • May 12, 2022 May 13, 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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Rio Tinto Group is making parental leave more accessible for employees by removing the distinction between primary and secondary caregivers. The policy change — which takes effect in Canada in June and will be implemented worldwide by the end of 2023 — provides all new parents with 18 weeks of 100 per cent paid parental […]

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Molson Coors Beverage Co. is offering gender affirmation coverage to its Canadian employees as part of a wider effort to address and enhance diversity, equity and inclusion at the company. “We have a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and one of our key values is putting people first — this was just another step […]

Xero Ltd. is enhancing its parental leave benefits to make them inclusive to all employees on the path to parenthood. Starting Feb. 1, 2022, the public technology company’s Canadian and U.S. employees are eligible for $12,600 or US$10,000, respectively, through a global fertility benefits provider that offers family forming services — from adoption to surrogacy, […]

Scotiabank to allow Canadian staff to buy more personal days

Scotiabank is implementing a new global standard for parental leave across its global footprint by 2025. The enhanced offering will include eight fully paid weeks for all parents welcoming a new child, such as adoptive parents, and eight additional fully paid weeks for parents who’ve given birth. The enhancements to the parental leave policy, which […]

  • By: Staff
  • January 26, 2022 January 26, 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 […]

Hootsuite Inc.’s director of total rewards talks benefits in a remote working environment, the four pillars of wellness and recharging through physical activity. Q: What top challenges do you face in your role? A: Hootsuite is very big on diversity, equity and inclusion and we operate in multiple countries, so it’s a balance of finding […]

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • December 17, 2021 December 16, 2021
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Pinterest is expanding its parental and fertility benefits offerings, including the addition of two rounds of in vitro fertilization and egg freezing. The social media company’s enhanced benefits — available to all employees worldwide — also include a minimum of 20 weeks of parental leave for all parents, while adoptive parents will now have 20 weeks […]

  • By: Staff
  • December 13, 2021 December 10, 2021
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