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Canada Life partnering with Shoppers Drug Mart-led health-coaching program

Canada Life Assurance Co. is introducing a new health-coaching program, led by Shoppers Drug Mart Inc.’s Health Solutions team, to help Canadians prevent and manage…

Canadian employees taking less time off amid pandemic uncertainty: report

Midway through the first year of the coronavirus pandemic, Humi, a human resources, benefits and payroll solutions company, noticed an interesting trend in data from…

Majority of Canadians support extending EI sickness benefit to at least 26 weeks: survey

A new survey by Ipsos for the Canadian Cancer Society showed 88 per cent of Canadians support extending the employment insurance sickness benefit to at…

  • By: Staff
  • February 25, 2021 February 26, 2021
  • 09:00

SEB, EQ Care partnering on virtual employee assistance program

SEB Administrative Services Inc. and EQ Care are launching LifeJourney a virtual employee assistance program offering. The subsidiary of Smart Employee Benefits Inc. and the…

  • By: Staff
  • February 25, 2021 February 24, 2021
  • 09:00

Unilever Canada making Maple’s virtual-care program for employees permanent

Following a pilot program, Unilever Canada Inc. is making its partnership with Maple to provide ongoing, on-demand virtual care to the employees of the consumer-goods…

  • By: Staff
  • February 24, 2021 February 26, 2021
  • 09:00
Employee off-hours conduct during coronavirus pandemic leading to dismissals

Editorial: Don’t waste this mental-health crisis

A crisis is a terrible thing to waste. The epigram was first coined back in 2004, but it remains as relevant as it was 17…

Head to head: Are employees being prescribed too much medication for mental-health issues?

With claims trends on the rise in workplace benefits plans, two medical professionals compare different treatment paths for mental-health care. Dr. Karen Cohen, chief executive…

  • February 16, 2021 February 18, 2021
  • 08:59

Employers helping employees battle mental-health challenges

In 2020’s Workplace Benefits Awards, the finalists in the mental-health category have a key feature in common — their passion for promoting and supporting employee…

Managing the employee mental-health tsunami

In early 2020, many employees had no idea a great wave was on its way. While reports of a novel coronavirus spread around the globe,…

Pension plans are navigating the bumpy road to recovery

Promising vaccine and coronavirus treatment news, coupled with the inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden, has given markets a glimmer of certainty and optimism this…

Pension regulators step up amid turmoil

For almost a year now, federal and provincial pension regulators have been busily trying to mitigate the coronavirus pandemic’s effects. Regulators have never been more…

Lessons from the Desjardins Group pension plan on pivoting after economic turmoil

The Desjardins Group pension plan faced a reckoning following the 2008/09 financial crisis: its assets were down 40 per cent and it was watching other…

Building blocks: Using data to develop holistic workplace mental-health training

When CGI Group Inc. launched its mental-health and wellness program six years ago, its primary focus was on education and reducing stigma. Since then, the…

Bulk pension-annuity purchases reign supreme in the U.K.

Defined benefit pension plans naturally carry a number of risks, from fluctuating interest rates and investments to the lifespan of their plan members. To mitigate…

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • February 16, 2021 February 24, 2021
  • 08:52

Back to basics on cryptocurrency

The term cryptocurrency may evoke a number of different images, from lightning-fast computers fuelling get-rich-quick schemes to shady rooms where hackers plot multi-million dollar digital…

Q&A with Ryerson University’s Natalie Roach

Natalie Roach, Ryerson University’s mental-health co-ordinator, discusses employee well-being, the ‘new normal’ and figure skating. Q. What top challenges do you face in your role?…