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Live Well, Work Well – November 2018 Edition

Live Well, Work Well – November 2018 Edition

In this edition of the Live Well, Work Well newsletter, you’ll learn about chronic sleep disorders and mindfulness. In addition, you’ll read about Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Chronic Sleep Disorders Sleep is essential for normal, healthy function. However, about 40 per cent of Canadians suffer from chronic sleep disorders. Sleep disorders can result from a number of causes, including stress, illness, diet or medication. Other causes include genetics, night-shift work, blindness, mental illness, physical illness and aging. Follow these tips for a good night’s sleep: Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Exercise daily, but not within a few hours of going to bed. Avoid caffeine, cigarettes and alcohol several hours before bedtime. Make sure your bedroom is not too hot or cold before bed.     A Beginner’s Guide to Mindfulness and Meditation Prolonged…read more →

Employment Insurance Premium Rate Change for 2019

Employment Insurance Premium Rate Change for 2019

Employment Insurance Premium Rate Change for 2019 The Canada Employment Insurance Commission has announced a decrease in employment insurance premiums for 2019. Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said issued the following statement on the Employment Insurance (EI) premium rate for 2019: “Thanks to the hard work of Canadians, job creation has been strong, and unemployment is near 40-year lows. While more and more Canadians are feeling the benefits of Canada’s strong economy, the Government is committed to ensuring that middle class Canadians and people working hard to join the middle class have the support they need as they work to build better lives for themselves and their families. Canada’s EI program provides that support in times of need, and also provides training and employment programs to help Canadians find and keep good, well-paying jobs.” Since…read more →

Live Well, Work Well – October 2018 Edition

Live Well, Work Well – October 2018 Edition

In this month’s Live Well, Work Well newsletter, you’ll read about Workplace Bullying, Superfoods and The Importance of Eye Exams. More Common Than You’d Think: Workplace Bullying Workplace bullying is a common concern in workplaces across Canada. Generally, workplace bullying is defined as the use of intimidation through power, influence, tone or language to affect a person negatively. Often, bullying is intentional, but sometimes the bully is not aware of their hurtful actions or words. Workplace bullying affects safety, productivity, trust and workplace culture. Some common signs of workplace bullying include: Ignoring, isolating or excluding an employee Reprimanding or humiliating an employee publicly Name-calling or insulting an employee Workplace bullying is a serious issue, and if you feel like you’re being bullied or witness inappropriate behaviour, it’s critical to take steps to address it. Above all, it’s important to work…read more →

Ontario Government Cancels Planned Minimum Wage Increase

Ontario Government Cancels Planned Minimum Wage Increase

Ontario Government Cancels Planned Minimum Wage Increase The Ontario government says it will not proceed with a planned increase to the minimum wage that was to kick in next year. The minimum wage will remain at $14 an hour rather than rising to $15 as planned. The increase, which would have taken effect on January 1, 2019, was announced back in May of 2017 as part of then-Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, known as Bill 148. Current Premier Doug Ford is working to repeal Bill 148. The bill mandates equal pay for part-time and temporary workers doing the same job as full-time employees and increases vacation entitlements to three weeks after a worker has been with their company for five years. It also requires employees to be paid for three hours if their shift is cancelled within 48…read more →

Age Discrimination in Benefits Plans Unconstitutional, Tribunal Finds

Age Discrimination in Benefits Plans Unconstitutional, Tribunal Finds

Age Discrimination in Benefits Plans Unconstitutional, Tribunal Finds When Ontario abolished mandatory retirement in 2006, employers could still terminate benefits for workers who turned 65. But in May, the province’s Human Rights Tribunal determined the provision in the Human Rights Code that allowed employers to do so was unconstitutional. Steve Talos, a high school teacher at the Grand Erie District School Board, brought a complaint to the Human Rights Tribunal, alleging age discrimination.  He wanted to keep teaching past age 65 primarily because his wife required expensive medication following a diagnosis with ovarian cancer. But the school board didn’t provide benefits to teachers over age 65. The tribunal originally determined the board’s defence was valid, as a section of the Human Rights Code permits pension and benefit plans to treat workers older than 65 and younger than 18 differently than their colleagues. So Talos…read more →

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