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How EI benefits for COVID-19 quarantines will work

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference on the coronavirus situation, in Ottawa, Wednesday, March 11, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced changes to Canada’s sick-leave benefits under employment insurance Wednesday, to respond to concerns about COVID-19. Here is a quick overview of how the program works […]

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Trends in the human resource field

We often hear the only thing that is constant in the world is change and this is very true when it comes to our workplaces. Organizations have changed dramatically over the past 10 years and will continue to change at a fast pace, and human resources management is no exception. The following are several areas […]

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Firefighter occupational disease coverage expanded

Injury claims previously not covered by the WCB will be reviewed under the new amendments Regina, SK, Feb. 11, 2020 – Recent amendments to The Workers’ Compensation Act, 2013 (the Act) haveexpanded the list of occupational diseases covered by the rebuttable presumption for firefighters. The expanded list now includes six additional cancers that were not previously covered by […]

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Why small changes to the language around addiction are so enormously important

‘Addict’ label lowers self-esteem, adds to social isolation, prevents people from getting needed care This column is an opinion by Dr. Laura MacKinnon, a primary care physician working in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and in Northern B.C., and a research fellow with the B.C. Centre on Substance Use. For more information about CBC’s Opinion section, please […]

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Alberta to expand use of private health-care facilities, weeks after announcing public sector cuts are coming

Province will be first to meet wait-time benchmarks, health minister vows The Alberta government announced Tuesday a new plan to reduce surgical wait times by funding an additional 80,000 surgeries over the next four years as it expands agreements with private facilities — a move critics called a step toward “American-style health care.” “We promised […]

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WCB approves 2020 premium rates

The 2020 rate marks the first time in 12 years the average premium rate has not dropped Regina, SK, Dec. 4, 2019 – The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has approved the 2020 average employer premium rate of $1.17 per hundred dollars of payroll. This is the same rate as 2019, marking the first time […]

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Province plans to extend work leave for victims of sexual violence, stalking or their guardians

Status of Women Minister Cathy Cox introduced a bill in the legislature Monday that would amend employment code standards to allow anyone who suffered from interpersonal violence to take workplace leaves of absence. JESSICA BOTELHO-URBANSKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS The Progressive Conservative government has introduced legislation that would extend employment leave provisions to victims of […]

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