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More than 470 employees at a Nestlé Canada plant in Toronto are on strike after Unifor Local 252 and the company failed to reach an agreement on May 1. The main sticking points include making temporary workers permanent — with access to Nestlé’s benefits and defined contribution pension plan — and increasing the employer-sponsored amount […]

  • May 7, 2021 May 7, 2021
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Amid mounting pressure from both the public and private sectors for an action plan that provides affordable childcare for Canadian working parents, on Monday, the federal government unveiled its 2021 budget proposal for a national community-based childcare system. Once partisan policy, many business and union leaders have been aligned on the issue of affordable childcare in […]

  • April 23, 2021 April 24, 2021
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For years, digital offerings played second banana to in-person options for many employers aiming to connect with and support employees. Not anymore. As employers and employees face down year two of the coronavirus pandemic, digital supports have moved from understudy to centre stage. “The pandemic has changed the environment significantly, as we all know, and […]

  • April 16, 2021 April 28, 2021
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It’s easy for employers to focus less on table-stakes benefits offerings like vision care when there’s the the coronavirus pandemic to contend with. But, experts argue, as Canada and the world enters the second year of this crisis now is the perfect time for employers to take a second look at their vision care benefits […]

  • March 31, 2021 April 24, 2021
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Taylor Guitars is moving to a 100 per cent employee-ownership model with the help of the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan and Canadian non-profit Social Capital Partners. Founded by Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug 46 years ago, the U.S. guitar maker has adopted an employee stock ownership program structure, enabling its staff around the globe […]

  • March 30, 2021 April 1, 2021
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As the effects of the coronavirus pandemic reshape the Canadian workplace and employees struggle to maintain a sense of normalcy, Citigroup Inc. is preparing for the future of work by rolling out a suite of paid-leave programs that aim to support employee work-life balance in 2021 and beyond. To meet the needs of shifting employee […]

  • March 19, 2021 April 30, 2021
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For years, many employees had ad hoc, work-from-home arrangements with their employers. Then came the coronavirus pandemic, which kicked the shift to remote working into overdrive, forcing employers to spring into action to find ways to best use group benefits plans to support their employees through the change. As a result, employers came up with […]

  • March 19, 2021 April 28, 2021
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As the world enters the second year of the coronavirus pandemic, employers and employees alike have rapidly adapted to the new virtual workplace, but the big shift also resulted in loss of social interaction so organizations are now focused on finding ways to keep their workforce socially connected. The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus […]

  • March 12, 2021 March 29, 2021
  • 13:00

Employees were increasingly using digital mental-health-care options for years, but the coronavirus pandemic shifted the trend into high gear. Since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a global pandemic almost one year ago on March 11, 2020, providing some health-care virtually instead of in-person has become the norm. By the end of March 2020, […]

  • March 4, 2021 March 29, 2021
  • 09:45

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 […]

  • March 1, 2021 March 1, 2021
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