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Canadian company offers staff $3k to work “anywhere in the world”

If work is getting in the way of your travel plans, maybe it’s time to look for a new job.

For the second year in a row, Canadian-based company Media Profile is offering a major perk to employees who want to travel.

The public relations agency has brought back its popular “Work Away Benefit” for employees who have been with the company for at least six months.

“It is fantastic getting to see how excited people at Media Profile are around taking advantage of the Work Away Benefit,” said Alison King, president at Media Profile.

How exactly does the program work?

Employees who have been with the PR agency for at least six months are eligible to take part. That means staff can work anywhere in the world for a month — they just have to work in the eastern time zone, no matter where they are.

Media Profile will provide each employee with up to $3,000 to help cover travel expenses and accommodations.

But what happens when you’re away and don’t feel like working? You can also extend your Work Away time with two weeks of vacation.

Building off the success of 2022

Media Profile says this program was very popular last year, with almost half — or more than two dozen — workers taking advantage.

And while some workers travelled solo or with their families, others bonded together with colleagues.

King says, “There’s no limit to the creativity too — we’ve had employees conquer it completely solo to colleagues booking group trips and banding together. I think this really speaks to how supportive the culture is here at our agency.”

If you’re curious about how employees feel about the program, MP staff write about their experiences and the benefits.

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Adidas, Nike and Disney join wave of companies that’ll cover employee abortion travel costs

A slew of companies will cover travel expenses for employees that have to travel out of their state for an abortion after the Supreme Court overturned federal protections for the procedure.

A slew of companies will cover travel expenses for employees that have to travel out of their state for an abortion after the Supreme Court overturned federal protections for the procedure.

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JPMorgan Chase, the largest bank in America, and two athletic apparel giants with a significant presence in the Northwest have joined a host of companies saying they will cover the cost for employees who need to travel out of state for abortions.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday officially reversed Roe v. Wade, declaring that the constitutional right to abortion upheld for nearly a half century, no longer exists.

Without federal protection, states are now responsible for codifying their own laws surrounding abortion. Some have already passed laws banning nearly all abortions.

JP Morgan told employees in a memo that if they live in states where abortion is outlawed, the company will cover the cost of travel to a state where it’s legal, beginning in July.

Nike and Adidas have also issued statements saying they’ll help employees access abortion if the procedure is restricted where they live. While abortion access is still protected in Oregon, the two companies also have employees in states where abortion will now be banned or severely restricted.

Nike, which is headquartered near Beaverton, says abortion is covered in its family planning benefits. The athletic apparel giant says it will cover travel and lodging expenses for employees who can’t access services nearby.

Portland is home to the North American headquarters of Adidas, which offered an even more specific commitment to its U.S. employees in a statement released Friday.

“Our comprehensive medical plans will continue to cover reproductive resources like contraception and abortion support, pregnancy, fertility, and other family planning and building services,” Adidas said in an emailed statement.

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