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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 […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 7, 2021 October 7, 2021
  • 09:00

Bumble Inc. is introducing paid leave and a biannual company-wide week off for its global employees. The dating app, which has offices in Russia, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S., is rolling out the paid leave to ensure employees are caring for themselves outside of work, according to a statement. It includes: a minimum of […]

  • By: Staff
  • August 4, 2021 August 4, 2021
  • 15:00
Manulife enhances family benefits for Canadian employees

Manulife Financial Corp. is increasing its family leave support for Canadian employees, providing 20 weeks of paid maternity leave and 12 weeks of paid parental and adoption leave, effective Jan. 1, 2021. Canadian employees and their dependants also now have access to full gender affirmation coverage for both surgical and non-surgical treatments, as well as […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 17, 2020 November 17, 2020
  • 08:45

Vodacom Group, a South African telecommunications firm, is providing all global employees with 16 weeks of fully paid parental leave, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation. Employees will be able to take the leave if they or their partner are having a baby, adopting a child or becoming a parent through surrogacy. They can take […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 16, 2020 November 17, 2020
  • 15:00
Paternity leave changes target work-life balance in South Korea

Among countries in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, South Korea has one of the lowest birth rates and one of the highest gender pay and employment gaps. In addition, according to a 2019 OECD report, men in the country are reluctant to take parental leave because of perceived constraints put on them by […]

MEC boosts employee perks in effort to turn around struggling retailer

As Mountain Equipment Co-op makes major changes to remain viable, the Vancouver-based retailer is investing in its frontline employees. MEC converted more than 950 jobs classified as casual, non-permanent roles into full- and part-time positions. Those employees will now receive MEC’s benefits package, which includes extended health and dental coverage, a tuition assistance benefit, a […]

Unconscious gender bias preventing women from leadership roles: survey

Nearly two-thirds (62 per cent) of working women believe gender discrimination is the main cause for the lack of female executives, compared to 41 per cent of working men, according to a new study by Randstad Canada. The study, which surveyed 2,000 female and male workers to understand why more women aren’t in leadership roles in Canada, found women make up just 19.5 […]

Paternity leave can improve mothers’ overall health: study

When fathers take paternity leave, it can actually benefit the health of new mothers, according to a study by economists at Stanford University. The study looked at the effects of a 2012 Swedish law that allows fathers to take up to 30 days off work, as needed, the year after the birth of a child, but […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 26, 2019 November 12, 2020
  • 09:59
‘Room for improvement’ in OECD, EU family-friendly policies, says Unicef

Sweden, Norway and Iceland offer the most family-friendly policies of all 41 Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and European Union countries, according to a report from Unicef’s Innocenti Research Centre. The report ranked the countries on the duration of their paid maternity, paternity and parental leave. It also measured the share of children under […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 5, 2019 November 11, 2020
  • 09:30

The ways that Canadians partner up is changing, leading to questions about how different types of families access parental benefits. “When we think about Canada, and we think about families, we think about diversity,” said Nora Spinks, chief executive officer of the Vanier Institute of the Family, in a webinar on Tuesday. “And we want to make sure […]