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What are compassionate care benefits?

The text below has been copied from the Service Canada Employment Insurance Compassionate Care Benefits publication

One of the most difficult times for anyone is when a loved one is dying or at risk of death. The demands of caring for a gravely ill family member can jeopardize both your job and the financial security of your family. The Government of Canada believes that, during such times, you should not have to choose between keeping your job and caring for your family.

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Mental Health Strategies – Videos

The Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace has a website that contains a lot of helpful and interesting information on creating mental health strategies in the workplace.

The link below features a number of short videos that deal with these issues and may be helpful to members who affected by friends, family or co-workers who are struggling with mental health problems, or may themselves be dealing with their own mental health issues.

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Ask a Life Coach

Question:

Dear Jackie Lee,

I am going through a divorce and I am so depressed. I can barely function at work. I feel like I am just putting in time. I am so worried that I am going to lose my job and I need my pay. I don’t know how to get through this.

Please help,

Sonia

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Ask a Life Coach

Question:

Dear Jackie Lee,

I just received my yearly performance appraisal and it wasn’t as good as I had hoped. There were a lot of areas I am expected to improve on, that I thought I was doing great at. I work hard but now I feel like I just want to quit.

How could my manager do this?

I’ve talked with my co-workers, and they feel that I am being treated unfairly as well.

What do I do?

Thanks,

Luc

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Ask a Life Coach

Question:

Hi Jackie,

I am a single mom with a teenager at home who is getting into trouble and has no respect for me. I am constantly receiving calls at work from school about her. She never pays her phone so I end up covering the bill. She doesn’t work but wants new clothes and makeup. She has friends over constantly and they leave everything a mess. I am exhausted and tired of all the fights.

Please help,

Lisa

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Employers cannot discriminate against employees with family obligations

Adapted from the PSAC website posting of February 4, 2013 entitled: Federal court upholds Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision on family status accommodation

The Federal Court has upheld a decision by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal saying that employers cannot discriminate against employees with family obligations.

The Federal Court decision, released late last week confirms that family status must be offered the same protection granted to all the other prohibited grounds of discrimination under human rights legislation.

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Who owns the rights?

Without a union, employers have almost all the rights. They can change your pay and working conditions at any time as long as they do not violate certain laws, like the minimum wage.  Any benefits you receive are at the discretion of your employer.

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When Trouble Hits!

Having been a union representative for many years, the number of members who come to us for the 1st time after 15-25 years of trouble-free service in the Federal Government never ceases to amaze me.  Generally speaking, the reasons for the meeting are because something changed and that change has negatively affected the member’s work life.  The problem may stem from organizational changes or reporting hierarchy, or a manager whose management “style” makes the member’s life difficult, and it gets tougher and tougher for them to get motivated to come to work each day.  Finally, the situation becomes unbearable and the member either has to leave (retirement or stress leave) or work with us to resolve the problems and restore respect and productivity.

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Holiday Survival Guide

Holiday Surivival Kit

While most of us really enjoy the holiday season, it can bring significant amounts of stress. Let’s face it: between the parties, the baking, the holiday cards (complete with pictures and newsy letters) and finding the perfect gifts for everyone, we place pretty heavy demands on ourselves.

This year, you can make it a point to enjoy the holidays more by simplifying some of the work, while maintaining what makes the holidays special: the love.

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Building Blocks For Life

By Jackie Lee Agnew

Career Coaching: 9 Key Things I Tell Clients Looking for a New Career!

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