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During Danish Yusuf’s morning routine, his work phone rarely rings and seldom is there an appointment with his Toronto insurance company staff. The lack of disruptions is no coincidence. Years ago, Yusuf instructed staff not to plan meetings or send electronic communications early in the morning or after 5 p.m. in hopes of helping staff relax […]

  • January 7, 2022 January 6, 2022
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The federal minister in charge of aid to the unemployed says jobless Canadians who refuse to get vaccinated may find themselves blocked from benefits so long as public health concerns remain top of mind. The Liberals have tacked conditions onto a suite of benefits payments saying none can go to workers who lose work or […]

  • January 6, 2022 January 5, 2022
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The minister in charge of Canada’s federal social safety net for workers says the government is looking at removing rules that make it difficult for some to get their full parental leave as part of a review of the employment insurance system. Federal Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough says the issue’s particularly acute for new mothers because […]

  • January 5, 2022 January 4, 2022
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Jan. 1 felt like Groundhog Day for all employees and employers paying into the Canada Pension Plan. Like last year, contributions went up again by more than originally planned. The reason again lies with the unique impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the labour market. The increase is part of a multi-year plan approved by provinces and […]

  • January 3, 2022 January 3, 2022
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Federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos has put a six-month pause on new regulations designed to lower the cost of patented medicines in Canada. Health Canada first announced in 2019 that the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board would change how it sets a price cap on medicines in Canada in an effort to lower excessively expensive […]

  • January 3, 2022 January 3, 2022
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Wall Street stocks are rising after three days of losses brought on by worries over the spread of the omicron variant and lingering concerns about rising inflation. On Tuesday, the S&P 500 index rose 1.5 per cent as of 1:10 p.m. Eastern. The Nasdaq rose 1.7 per cent. Both indexes were boosted by solid gains […]

  • December 22, 2021 December 21, 2021
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The Senate gave quick approval Thursday to a new round of coronavirus pandemic aid after federal Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland made a pre-holiday plea to rubber-stamp the help and promised that benefits would flow quickly to employers and employees in need. Bill C-2 would provide targeted aid to businesses that are ordered closed and to […]

  • December 17, 2021 December 17, 2021
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The government is open to amending legislation that would provide 10 days of paid sick leave for federally regulated workers. Federal Labour Minister Seamus O’Regan acknowledged that at least two provisions in the legislation, Bill C-3, could undermine the objective, which is to ensure ill workers don’t have to choose between going to work sick or staying home without […]

  • December 15, 2021 December 15, 2021
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About 2,000 workers at the Cargill Inc. beef plant in High River, Alta., are calling off a strike after reaching a deal this weekend that includes a six-year collective agreement featuring retroactive pay, signing bonuses, a 21 per cent wage increase over the life of the contract and improved health benefits. The deal also gives employees […]

  • December 6, 2021 December 6, 2021
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The majority (84 per cent) of Canadian workers have felt burned out amid the coronavirus pandemic, causing at least 20 per cent to seek new jobs, according to a new survey by human resources software company Ceridian. The figures were extrapolated from a survey of 6,898 people working at companies with at least 100 employees […]

  • December 2, 2021 December 2, 2021
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