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More plan sponsors meeting members’ retirement goals in 2021: survey

A majority (72 per cent) of plan sponsors believe their retirement savings plan is meeting its goals this year, up from roughly 66 per cent…

Providing free pads, tampons to federal employees could cost employers $1M+ annually: report

Providing free pads and tampons in federally regulated workplaces could cost employers more than $1 million annually to become a reality, Canada’s labour minister was told…

New collective agreements for FCL, GFL staff include benefits improvements

New collective agreements for two separate groups of employees include improvements to health benefits and work-life balance. The negotiations between Federated Co-operatives Ltd. and Unifor,…

  • By: Staff
  • July 28, 2021 July 28, 2021
  • 09:00

How Willful is using benefits, flexibility and perks to attract top talent in tight labour market

While many organizations had to press pause on their hiring plans at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Willful, a Canadian online estate planning company,…

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U.S. employees lacking access to financial wellness programs: survey

A majority (63 per cent) of U.S. employees said their employer doesn’t offer a financial wellness program, according to a new survey by the Defined…

  • By: Staff
  • July 27, 2021 July 27, 2021
  • 15:00
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SAP Canada increasing virtual wellness offerings amid pandemic

SAP Canada Inc. is accelerating the expansion of virtual wellness offerings through its benefits package amid the coronavirus pandemic. “The pandemic has essentially pressed fast-forward…

Aon, Willis Towers Watson call off proposed merger

Aon and Willis Towers Watson have agreed to terminate their proposed merger and end litigation with the U.S. Department of Justice. The merger, which was…

  • By: Staff
  • July 26, 2021 July 26, 2021
  • 12:00

Ontario’s paid sick leave program costing less than expected

Ontario’s temporary paid sick leave program is receiving less uptake than initially expected. The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Friday that, as of July 21, a…

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  • July 26, 2021 July 26, 2021
  • 09:00

Sounding Board: Collaboration, innovation key to sustainable Canadian private health insurance sector

With Canada’s public and private drug market an ever-evolving landscape, what value can be gained from collaboration and innovative solutions to ensure patient access to…

How the TTC’s first-ever chief diversity, culture officer is driving change

When you board a bus, streetcar or subway train in Canada’s biggest city, chances are the driver will be a man. Keisha Campbell, the Toronto…

Hootsuite supporting employee mental health with additional week off

Hootsuite Inc. is supporting employee mental health by giving workers more time off this summer. The social media marketing and management company held its inaugural…

Uncertainty around return-to-work plans affecting employees’ mental health: report

As vaccination efforts continue rolling out across the country, ambiguous return-to-work plans are impacting Canadian workers’ mental health, according to LifeWorks Inc.’s latest mental-health index. While…

  • By: Staff
  • July 21, 2021 July 21, 2021
  • 09:00
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Canadian employees opting for hybrid work, thriving less than global peers: survey

Nearly two-thirds (61 per cent) of Canadian employees said they prefer a hybrid or remote working arrangement, according to a new survey by Accenture. It…

  • By: Staff
  • July 21, 2021 July 21, 2021
  • 09:00

Little legal clarity for employers dealing with pandemic-related layoffs

A trio of conflicting decisions from Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice has left employers confused about a possible onslaught of wrongful dismissal lawsuits stemming from…

B.C. hospitality workers’ layoffs affecting critical benefits during pandemic

A labour dispute between hospitality workers and two Vancouver hotels is affecting the employees’ health benefits and pension plan. More than 50 hospitality workers at…

Employers should weigh human rights, health risks when drafting pandemic policies

Employers are facing a growing number of legal considerations as they continually adapt policies amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to a recent webinar hosted…

Purolator enhancing mental-health benefits offering amid pandemic

Purolator Inc. is adapting its benefits plan to proactively respond to employees’ mental-health needs amid the coronavirus pandemic. The company has expanded both the dollar…

Meet the judges of the 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards

With the 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards’ nomination process drawing to a close in a couple of weeks, Benefits Canada is pleased to announce this year’s…

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

Use words, imagery for inclusive employee communications

Words and imagery have the power to connect, evoke emotion and elicit a reaction. They also have the power to be inclusive, or exclusive, and…

73% of Canadians believe their employers perform strongly on social issues: survey

Almost three-quarters (73 per cent) of Canadian employees said they believe their employers perform strongly on social issues, such as health and safety or equity…

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  • July 15, 2021 July 15, 2021
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GroupHEALTH acquiring stake in B.C.-based benefits software developer

Group Health Group Holdings Inc. is acquiring a minority interest in CDAT Software Inc., the British Columbia-based maker of Oliver benefits administration software. In June,…

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  • July 14, 2021 July 14, 2021
  • 15:00

Expert panel: How plan sponsors can help make retirement, pensions more equitable

Diversity, equity and inclusion is top of mind for many plan sponsors these days. And, while issues around retirement and pensions likely aren’t the key focus…