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Pethealth Inc.’s senior vice-president of HR talks flexible working, mental health and crime fiction. Q. What top challenges do you face in your role? A. A key challenge is balancing between the needs and wants of employees. For example, employees at different life stages value different benefits — some employees want more vacation time, while […]

Union agreement for legal aid workers includes vision care, sick leave

Legal aid workers who are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1949 have signed a tentative agreement that includes an increase in vision care benefits, sick and vacation leave and wages. “This is not just good news for our members, it’s a major victory for our most vulnerable citizens who rely on legal aid services […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 29, 2019 November 12, 2020
  • 08:15
Uber Toronto drivers unionizing for minimum wage, sick and vacation days

Toronto Uber drivers are joining the United Food and Commercial Workers Canada union to bargain for sick days and vacation days, as well as a guaranteed minimum wage. During a media conference in Toronto on Wednesday, Pablo Godoy, the national co-ordinator for gig and platform-employer initiatives at UFCW Canada, said many drivers spoke of a “resounding […]

A third of generation Z measure success by manager recognition and colleague support, according to a new survey by the Workforce Institute at Kronos Inc. The survey, which polled 3,400 members of gen Z (those aged 16 to 25) from 12 countries on their employment preferences, also found the newest generation to enter the workforce values traditional markers of […]

  • By: Staff
  • June 3, 2019 November 30, 2020
  • 15:00

Benefits plans tackle everything from retirement to rheumatoid arthritis, but should they help employees cross items off their bucket lists, too? In her research, Erica Pearson, co-founder and chief executive officer of Vacation Fund Inc., says usually about 50 per cent of people indicated they don’t have the budget to take vacation and 50 per cent […]

Employers are offering more innovative ways for workers to take time off, according to a survey  by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. The survey, which compiled responses from more than 600 U.S. human resources and benefits professionals and other stakeholders, found 59 per cent of organizations provide a paid vacation plan while 36 […]

  • By: Staff
  • May 10, 2019 December 3, 2020
  • 09:30
Many Canadians working extra hours to offset vacation time: survey

Canadians are spending more time in the office to make up for the time they take off, according to a survey by ADP Canada Co. The survey found employees work three extra days to compensate for one week of vacation. More than three in five (63 per cent) respondents said they put in extra time before […]

  • By: Staff
  • December 21, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 09:05
Employers, staff not on same page for perks: survey

Employers and employees aren’t on the same page when it comes to non-monetary perks and incentives, according to a survey by staffing company Robert Half Canada Inc. The survey, which polled 1,500 workers and 600 human resources managers in North America, found flexible work schedules, compressed workweeks and the ability to work remotely are the most […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 25, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 16:45
Canadians to leave 40 million vacation days unused in 2018: report

By the end of 2018, Canadians are expected to leave more than 40 million vacation days on the table, according to new research by Expedia Group. While Canadians have an average of 17 vacation days to use per year, they manage to only take 15, on average. When they do use their vacation days, 55 per cent […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 16, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 15:30
Ceridian raises engagement, productivity with flex time-off policies

Last year, Ceridian HCM Inc. began allowing its Canadian and American employees to take two hours off for any reason without manager approval. The program was introduced as a pilot, initially covering the period between late May and Labour Day, says Lisa Sterling, chief people and culture officer at the organization’s U.S. headquarters in Minneapolis. […]