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CFIB wary of incoming CPP premium hike

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is asking the federal government to hold Canada Pension Plan premiums at current levels next year when they’re scheduled to rise, as employers and employees struggle with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. According to the organization, approximately one third of small businesses are currently losing money and higher payroll taxes […]

B.C.-based janitors win benefits, wage boost in first collective agreement

Bee-Clean Building Maintenance janitors in British Columbia ratified their first collective agreement on Monday, winning employer-paid health and dental benefits, paid sick days and a wage boost.  Employees who are members of Services Employees International Union Local 2 reached the tentative agreement on Friday, mere days before they were set to picket at various locations across B.C.’s Lower […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 5, 2020 November 5, 2020
  • 09:00
U.S. SEC proposing gig workers paid in company stocks

Uber Technologies Inc., Lyft Inc. and other app-based ride-hailing and delivery services spent $200 million in a winning bet to circumvent California lawmakers and the courts to preserve their business model by keeping drivers from becoming employees eligible for benefits and job protections. The titans of the so-called gig economy bankrolled the most expensive ballot […]

Starbucks Corp. is aiming to tie its executive compensation to diversity targets beginning in 2021. The move is one of a series of initiatives the coffee chain has pledged to implement in its diversity, equity and inclusion goals and training, which come at a time of social justice unrest in the U.S. Starbucks has committed to […]

Lowe’s Canada paying bonus to eligible employees

To recognize frontline, hourly employees for their service during the coronavirus pandemic,  Lowe’s Canada is paying a discretionary bonus to all eligible full-time, part-time and seasonal staff. Full-time hourly associates will receive $300, while part-time and seasonal associates will receive $150. The October bonus is in addition to the discretionary bonuses paid to all eligible hourly employees in […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 8, 2020 October 8, 2020
  • 15:15

Ford Motor Co. and Unifor’s new collective agreement tackles everything from racial inequality, medical cannabis coverage and a new pension plan. The $1.8 billion deal ratified on Monday includes a racial justice advocate in a nod to the ongoing racial reckoning occurring in society and workplaces. The newly created role will complement existing inclusivity efforts at […]

More than a third (36 per cent) of Canadian organizations froze salaries in 2020, compared to a pre-coronavirus forecast of just two per cent, according to Morneau Shepell Ltd.’s annual salary projection survey. The trend is likely to hold true for the coming year, with almost half (46 per cent) of employers saying they’re uncertain […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 29, 2020 November 17, 2020
  • 08:45
Furloughed WestJet workers demand clarity on wage subsidy program amid pay cut

WestJet Airlines Ltd. is warning furloughed workers their pay will be cut by up to 53 per cent starting Sunday due to changes in the extended federal wage subsidy, prompting flight crews to call on Ottawa for action. The maximum weekly payment for more than 3,200 employees on furlough — a mandatory leave of absence […]

With employers and employees still suffering through the limbo of the coronavirus pandemic, Wednesday’s throne speech clarified how the federal government plans to continue to support Canadians. In her speech, Governor General Julie Payette said the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy will be extended into 2021. She also said the government intends to shift away from emergency benefits […]

Three-quarters (76 per cent) of Canadian business leaders say the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy is a good investment to help the economy rebound and get Canadians back to work, according to a new survey by KPMG in Canada. The same amount said they’ve relied on funds from the wage subsidy to keep employees on payroll and more […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 22, 2020 November 17, 2020
  • 15:30