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A crisis is a terrible thing to waste. The epigram was first coined back in 2004, but it remains as relevant as it was 17 years ago as employers continue to battle multiple crises these days. First and foremost, there’s the global health crisis. Then there’s the resulting economic crisis that’s brought many businesses — […]

  • February 16, 2021 April 26, 2021
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In early 2020, many employees had no idea a great wave was on its way. While reports of a novel coronavirus spread around the globe, Canadians were still going about their days as usual — rolling out of bed, getting dressed and hitting the road for yet another humdrum day at the office. By mid-March, […]

  • February 16, 2021 April 26, 2021
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Being an office worker used to mean going to an office. Not anymore. A new day has already dawned for many, including the City of Toronto’s 14,500 white-collar employees, who’ve been working at home since the coronavirus pandemic hit in March. The quick switch to working from home wasn’t without some hiccups and skeptics at first, […]

  • December 4, 2020 April 28, 2021
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Demand for defined benefit pension plan sponsors to focus on environmental, social and governance factors through their investments is growing. Both plan sponsors and members have been increasingly vocal about keeping ESG issues top of mind. For example, the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan has worked on balancing this increased appetite for ethical investing with […]

  • November 23, 2020 January 19, 2021
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Demand for defined benefit pension plan sponsors to focus on environmental, social and governance factors through their investments is growing. Both plan sponsors and members have been increasingly vocal about keeping ESG issues top of mind. For example, the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan has worked on balancing this increased appetite for ethical investing with an overall […]

  • November 19, 2020 November 19, 2020
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With winter coming and the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic hitting many regions across Canada, employee mental health is also taking a hit. To help leaders support their team members who are struggling through the protracted crisis, IBM Canada Ltd. is providing education and training to help its managers recognize when an employee might […]

  • November 17, 2020 March 18, 2021
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Usually, this time of year sees employers hosting holiday parties and handing out bonuses. But this isn’t a typical year. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic means many human resources leaders and managers will have to think outside the sparkly gift box for ways to mark the end of the year and acknowledge employees. While a party is a often popular way […]

  • November 12, 2020 November 12, 2020
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Whether Joe Biden or Donald Trump ultimately wins the White House, the stock market is already a clear winner this week. While there were fears that a longer than usual wait to determine the winner of the U.S. presidential race would lead to wild market volatility, that didn’t come to pass. But signs were there over the […]

  • November 6, 2020 January 19, 2021
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Like a spiky meteorite, when the coronavirus pandemic hit earlier this year it demolished employer’s best-laid plans and is forcing them to find innovative ways to support, motivate and retain employees. During a virtual roundtable on Oct. 16, the 2020 Workplace Benefits Awards finalists discussed how they’ve quickly responded to everything from employee mental health to supporting financial wellness […]

  • October 29, 2020 March 16, 2021
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While pension plan sponsors and the government have roles to play when it comes to retirement, it’s increasingly up to individual employees to ensure they have a solid retirement plan, said Jack Mintz, the president’s fellow at the University of Calgary’s school of public policy. During a virtual roundtable hosted by the Association of Canadian Pension […]

  • October 26, 2020 January 19, 2021
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