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The federal government will consider whether to include booster shots in the next version of the coronavirus vaccine mandate for its workers, said the Treasury Board as it reviews the rules. The government must review the need for the policy, which currently requires federal public servants to get two doses of the vaccine or face […]

More than half (58 per cent) of U.S. employees say their employer has supported their well-being during the two-year coronavirus pandemic, according to a new survey by WTW. The survey, which polled more than 9,600 employees, also found 70 per cent of respondents reported feeling comfortable in the workplace, while two-thirds said their employers are […]

  • By: Staff
  • March 8, 2022 March 8, 2022
  • 15:00

While coronavirus vaccine mandates for employees have become a flashpoint in Canada recently, these types of mandates continue to be upheld in several jurisdictions around the world as the pandemic rages on. Here in Canada, a New Brunswick judge has rejected a bid by four public servants to overturn the province’s decision to place them on unpaid […]

Diversity, equity and inclusion are top of mind during Black History Month, so it’s no surprise two of the top five stories over the past week on BenefitsCanada.com relate to efforts by organizations to address a range of DEI issues in February and beyond. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. How HOOPP is […]

  • By: Staff
  • February 11, 2022 February 11, 2022
  • 09:05
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The Toronto Transit Commission and the City of Toronto are among the latest employers to fire workers for not complying with a mandatory coronavirus vaccination policy. In a press release, Marvin Alfred, president of the Amalgamated Transit Unit Local 113, said the TTC has fired several hundred workers for not receiving vaccines, noting the terminations […]

  • By: Staff
  • January 11, 2022 January 11, 2022
  • 15:00

Employers have had to navigate many unique legal issues this year, including how to deal with the issue of coronavirus vaccines and employees. One question that will continue to pop up in 2022 — what are the legal considerations for employers when a worker asks for a vaccine exemption? In the last few months, both […]

Angry mobs of anti-vaccination protestors holding up handmade signs with messages like “freedom not fear” have been popping up across the country and around the globe for months. Emotions continue to run high both on the streets and within organizations grappling with how to move forward amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But employers looking to […]

A story looking at dynamic pension pools as a decumulation option took the top spot over the past week on BenefitsCanada.com. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. Dynamic pension pools a viable decumulation option for Canadians: report 2. Employers see retirement benefits as top attraction, retention tool: survey 3. Employers enforcing rules for […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 19, 2021 November 19, 2021
  • 09:05

Employers are beginning to enforce rules for employees who aren’t vaccinated against the coronavirus. To go to work today, Ontario long-term care staff must have received their first coronavirus vaccine dose. Staff who don’t present proof of a first dose must instead show a medical exemption to be able to enter a long-term care home […]

A range of employers across Canada are starting to deal with some worker shortages as a result of a small percentage of employees not meeting deadlines for getting vaccinated against the coronavirus. Air Canada suspended more than 800 employees for not being fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, in line with federal rules. The vast majority of the airline’s […]