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Formed a year ago through a merger and a spin off, Corteva Agriscience Canada is using change as an opportunity to redefine what it means to be a modern workplace. In 2015, Dow Inc. and DuPont agreed to merge and then subsequently spin off into three independent companies. Corteva Agriscience, the agriculture division of DowDuPont […]

The Supreme Court of Canada has cleared the way for Uber drivers to take the next step in their fight to be recognized as employees. In a ruling Friday, the high court upheld an Ontario Court of Appeal decision that opened the door to a possible class-action suit aimed at securing a minimum wage, vacation […]

Employers encouraging, requiring staff to take vacation to avoid burnout: survey

Will this summer be prime vacation time for Canadians? While travel restrictions and social distancing protocols are still in effect, many employers are encouraging their staff to take breaks to avoid burnout, according to a new survey by the Conference Board of Canada. About a third (33 per cent) of survey respondents said they’re encouraging staff to […]

  • By: Staff
  • June 2, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 15:30
Manulife giving 35,000 staff day off as thank you

Manulife Financial and its subsidiary John Hancock are giving their more than 35,000 employees a day off on Friday to say thank you for all the hard word they’ve done. The companies will also be providing five additional personal days next year to each employee to support their well-being by encouraging regular time off and […]

  • By: Staff
  • May 27, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 15:00

With the coronavirus pandemic set as the backdrop for the foreseeable future, employers are getting mixed signals about the best way to function safely and effectively. “You have to look at this from the perspective of [having] the federal government saying, ‘Here’s what we think you should do,'” says Kathleen Chevalier, partner at Stikeman Elliott […]

Lower income workers likely to see least paid time off as pandemic swirls: report

Paid leave from work is the first financial line of defence during a crisis preventing employees from coming to work. For one, it guards against the complexities of having to navigate employment insurance, according to a new report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. But as the effects of the coronavirus ripple across the […]

  • By: Staff
  • March 18, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 09:15
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
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
Do flex hours, sick leave offerings impact retirement savings?

Flexible working hours, paid sick leave and vacation could have a positive correlation with retirement savings levels, according to a new study. The research, led by Patricia Ann Stoddard Dare, a professor at Cleveland State University, studied 994 male U.S. workers aged 47 to 55. It found employees who are offered these time-related benefits have dramatically higher retirement […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 13, 2019 November 12, 2020
  • 08:40