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A new survey by Ipsos for the Canadian Cancer Society showed 88 per cent of Canadians support extending the employment insurance sickness benefit to at least 26 weeks from the current 15. The cancer society has long advocated for this measure to ensure people living with cancer have more paid time off of work to […]

  • By: Staff
  • February 25, 2021 February 26, 2021
  • 09:00

The federal government is adding extra weeks of income support for employees who are feeling ill or have to isolate, unemployed workers and parents at home with children due to the pandemic. The government plans to add 12 weeks of eligibility to the $500-per-week Canada Recovery Benefit and the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit, raising the maximum number […]

Indigo offering paid leave for staff with coronavirus

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 […]

  • By: Staff
  • February 9, 2021 February 9, 2021
  • 15:00
Calls for Ontario to reinstate paid sick leave intensify amid lockdown

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is continuing to feel heat from opposition politicians calling for the provincial government to reinstate paid sick days on the heels of a new lockdown aimed at flattening the coronavirus pandemic’s second wave. While the federal government currently offers paid sick leave via its Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit program, critics argue […]

Some Uber, Lyft drivers suing over California’s Proposition 22

Drivers for app-based, ride-hailing and delivery services filed a lawsuit on January 12 to overturn a California ballot initiative that makes them independent contractors instead of employees eligible for benefits and job protections. The lawsuit filed with the California Supreme Court said Proposition 22 is unconstitutional because it limits the power of the legislature to […]

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
Uber, Lyft spend big, win in California vote about drivers, benefits

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 […]

New Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Singh said his party will support last week’s throne speech on the condition that more Canadians be granted access to paid sick leave as part of draft legislation covering the federal response to the coronavirus epidemic. The proposed legislation, Bill C-2, would see Canadians receiving the Canada Emergency Response Benefit transition […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 28, 2020 November 16, 2020
  • 09:30

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, more than half of Canadian employers (53 per cent) are enhancing their well-being programs, while 27 per cent are planning to make changes to improve health benefits, according to a new survey by Willis Towers Watson. The survey, which polled nearly 150 Canadian employers with more than 800,000 employees, […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 11, 2020 November 17, 2020
  • 08:45
Loyalist College janitors’ new contract includes pension, sick days

Janitors working at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ont. have a new ratified contract that includes a pension plan, sick days and a wage increase. The employees, represented by the Services Employees International Union Local 2 and working for the food services company Compass Group Canada Ltd., entered bargaining with major concerns around the lack of sick […]

  • By: Staff
  • August 27, 2020 November 30, 2020
  • 09:00