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Black Canadians report high levels of racism despite workplace improvements

Canadian companies are making uneven progress on efforts to make workplaces more inclusive and equitable for Black workers, according to a survey from KPMG in Canada.

Sexual assault trial for military’s former HR leader begins in Ottawa

The retired vice-admiral has pleaded not guilty to one count of indecent acts and one count of sexual assault in an incident that allegedly happened in 1991.

Manulife to cover specialty drugs at any pharmacy after backlash over Loblaw deal

The insurance provider had told patients last month its specialty drug program would transition to being carried out "primarily" through Shoppers Drug Mart and other Loblaw-owned pharmacies. 

Federal government launches new pay transparency website for four key groups

The new site includes data on four designated groups under the Employment Equity Act: women, Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities and members of visible minorities. Using a visualization tool, users can compare data on workforce representation rates and the pay gaps experienced by members of the four groups.

Rise in hybrid work leads to surge in corporate volunteerism: Benevity

There has been a surge in corporate volunteerism as companies seek ways to address the challenges of employee connection in a hybrid work world, according to new global research from Calgary-based Benevity.


A safe haven: Employers can offer security, support to staff who are victims of stalking

Amy Davies had a prime parking spot in front of her office. But it wasn’t because she was a senior member of the management team, nor was it a perk offered for great performance. Instead, it was for a terrifying reason. “I was the victim of a stalker,” she said. » Read More...

Ottawa kicking the tires on Dayforce as replacement for troubled Phoenix payroll system

The federal government has been kicking the tires on Dayforce, the human capital management platform from the company formerly known as Ceridian, as it searches for a replacement for its beleaguered Phoenix system. So far, it likes what it sees from the off-the-shelf system. » Read More...

U.S. labour official says Dartmouth basketball players are school employees, sets stage for union vote

All 15 members of the Dartmouth men’s basketball team signed a petition in September asking to join Local 560 of the Service Employees International Union, which already represents some other employees at the Ivy League school in Hanover, New Hampshire. » Read More...

Mexico's president wants to guarantee people pensions equal to their full salaries when they retire

Mexico’s president said Monday he will propose guaranteeing people pensions equal to their full salaries at the time they retire, something done by no other country, not even those much richer than Mexico. It was among a raft of 20 constitutional reforms that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has almost no hope of getting passed in the eight months he has left in office. » Read More...

McDonald's franchisee agrees to pay $4.4M after manager sexually assaulted teen

A franchisee of fast food giant McDonald's has agreed to pay a teenage girl $4.4 million to settle her lawsuit over having been sexually assaulted by a Pittsburgh-area restaurant manager who was a registered sex offender, the victim's lawyers announced on Monday. » Read More...


3 lessons from MP Karina Gould’s parental leave that could help all Canadian families

Federal cabinet minister Karina Gould, leader of the government in the House of Commons, has made Canadian history three times: as the youngest female federal cabinet minister, the first to give birth while holding office and the first to take parental leave. Her approach to parental leave could well translate into her most enduring legacy. » Read More...

Québec’s teacher strike offers lessons on the urgent need to support public education

The doors of around 800 Québec public schools were closed due to the strike action of the Fédération autonome de l’enseignement (FAE) from Nov. 23 through Jan. 8. During this strike period, 368,000 students missed 22 days of school while teachers also lost the same number of days in pay. » Read More...

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York Region: Employment Law Update with Stuart Rudner

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HR West 2024 

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