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Midway through the first year of the coronavirus pandemic, Humi, a human resources, benefits and payroll solutions company, noticed an interesting trend in data from its client database — Canadian employees had taken 40 per cent less vacation days in 2020 than in the year prior. The company tracks vacation requests that come through their […]

Employee mental health, productivity remain low amid pandemic

Employee mental health and workplace productivity is worsening as the coronavirus pandemic drags on, according to Morneau Shepell Ltd.’s latest mental-health index. “While most of the population has adjusted to new work environments and physical distancing, ongoing economic uncertainties and anxieties related to work and personal life continue to plague Canadians,” said Stephen Liptrap, president […]

  • By: Staff
  • January 15, 2021 April 14, 2021
  • 09:02
Half of Canadians taking less time off in December due to pandemic: survey

Nearly half of working Canadians (49 per cent) will be taking less or no vacation time this December as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to a new survey conducted on behalf of ADP Canada Co. The survey found 27 per cent of those respondents won’t take any time off at all during […]

  • By: Staff
  • December 18, 2020 April 23, 2021
  • 09:02
U.S. employers tweaking vacation, paid-time-off policies amid pandemic: survey

Employers in the U.S. are changing policies related to vacation and paid time off in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new survey by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. In a bid to help with recruitment and retention during these tumultuous times, nearly three-quarters of employers said they’re granting vacation or paid time […]

  • By: Staff
  • December 3, 2020 April 28, 2021
  • 15:15
Canadians taking fewer holidays, earning less in 2020: report

Canadian employees are seeing significant workplace shifts amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report by payroll and benefits company Humi. It found employees took 40 per cent less vacation time in 2020 compared to 2019. Meanwhile, the number of sick day requests was “drastically higher” in the months leading up to the […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 20, 2020 November 20, 2020
  • 09:02
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
Union representing CRA staff seeking more leave, flexibility ahead of strike votes

Employees at the Canada Revenue Agency, represented by the Union of Taxation Employees, are set to hold strike votes throughout February as negotiations continue on wages and issues pertaining to work-life balance. While the union’s demands are numerous, Marc Brière, its national president, says it’s been too long since employees have seen any improvement in their working conditions. In terms […]

Majority of Canadians doing extra work before, after vacation: survey

Two-thirds (66 per cent) of working Canadians said they expect to do extra work either before or after their vacation, according to a survey by ADP Canada Co. The survey, which polled more than 1,500 Canadians, found employees who put in extra time said they expect to spend an average of 16 additional hours before vacation and […]

  • By: Staff
  • December 10, 2019 November 12, 2020
  • 15:15

The United Food and Commercial Workers Canada Local 1518 is waiting for a decision from the Labour Relations Board of British Columbia on its application to classify drivers using the Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. apps as employees. Currently, drivers in other Canadian jurisdictions are classified as independent contractors, which means they aren’t covered by the province’s Employment […]

  • By: Staff
  • December 2, 2019 December 3, 2020
  • 10:15
Vacation shaming a rising workplace trend: study

Just 66 per cent of Canadian employees are taking the full amount of vacation time they’re owed, according to a new survey by research firm Maru/Blue. The survey, which polled 1,000 Canadians and 500 Americans, found 50 per cent of Canadians have experienced a rising workplace trend called “vacation shaming,” a situation where co-workers or bosses […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 28, 2019 November 12, 2020
  • 08:45