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Editorial: Looking back — and ahead — in an unprecedented year

While we speak regularly with outstanding women in the human resources, benefits, pension and investment industries, our annual Women’s Issue allows us to take a broader view, including how these women’s careers have evolved, their perspectives on mentorship and work-life balance, as well as their thoughts about pay equity and gender diversity. When I wrote […]

Flexibility only goes so far, say two experts, and covers a small part of a healthy and respectful work culture. Tracy Fogale, senior manager of benefits at Kraft Heinz Canada: While flexibility is a critical way to retain employees, particularly women, in the workforce, it can’t tackle systemic issues such as the gender pay gap, […]

When Monika Mielnik joined Bell Canada as a temporary contractor, she was studying criminology and psychology and working towards joining the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. “I truly thought this was going to be an in and out experience . . . but as time progressed, I continued to excel and be empowered by many of […]

  • By: Sadie Janes
  • September 16, 2022 September 15, 2022
  • 08:57
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Married women are more likely to say they’re confident they’ll have enough money to live comfortably throughout their retirement years than both divorced and single, never-married women, according to a new survey by the U.S.-based Employee Benefit Research Institute. It found married women (80 per cent) are more likely to have a workplace retirement savings […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 7, 2022 September 7, 2022
  • 09:00

When it comes to educating women about retirement and their finances, the needle hasn’t moved enough in the past few decades because the language being used by the industry isn’t connecting to what’s really going on, said Jenine Garrelick, senior managing director at MFS Fund Distributors Inc., during a session at Benefits Canada‘s 2022 DC […]

An open dialogue about diversity, equity and inclusion is vital for raising the resilience and overall wealth of pension plan members, said Ryan Weiss, vice-president of group customer national accounts at Canada Life, during a session at Benefits Canada‘s 2022 DC Plan Summit. Also speaking during the session, Elisha Ribeiro, the insurer’s national sales director […]

While global employers are introducing inclusive benefits and programs to support employees across all life stages, many U.K.-based companies are shifting their focus to one life stage that has typically been taboo. Cereal manufacturer Kellogg Co. is training managers on how to talk about menopause. Multi-national telecommunications firm Vodafone Group is introducing a toolkit focused […]

Women were more likely to have suffered psychologically during the coronavirus pandemic as they faced increased caregiving responsibilities and many were hit financially by the ‘she-cession,’ making it particularly important for employers to support their mental health. “There’s no doubt the pandemic has hit us all hard,” said Harriet Ekperigin, vice-president of mental health at […]

Providing free pads and tampons in federally regulated workplaces could cost employers more than $1 million annually to become a reality, Canada’s labour minister was told earlier this year. The March briefing note to Filomena Tassi estimated the annual employer costs would likely be $1.17 million to provide free tampons and pads, based on an annual, […]

When you board a bus, streetcar or subway train in Canada’s biggest city, chances are the driver will be a man. Keisha Campbell, the Toronto Transit Commission’s first-ever chief diversity and culture officer, is aiming to tackle the lack of female transit operators and many other diversity, equity and inclusion challenges at North America’s third-largest transit […]