Kathryn Bird Quoted in Benefits Canada on Structuring Top-Up Benefits to Avoid Discrimination Claims

Kathryn Bird Quoted in Benefits Canada on Structuring Top-Up Benefits to Avoid Discrimination Claims

Benefits Canada quoted Hicks Morley’s Kathryn Bird in a June 27, 2017 article titled “Structuring top-up benefits to avoid discrimination claims.”

The article explores how top-up benefits must be offered by employers to all staffers in the same situation, otherwise they could face potential discrimination claims, even-though offering said benefits is completely optional. “But cutting top-up benefits entirely may mean the best candidates will choose to work elsewhere. If an organization wants to attract star employees but can’t afford top-up payments for all 52 weeks, it could offer the benefit for either pregnancy or parental leave” Kathryn said.

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