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Liberals table bill paving way for future pharmacare program a day before deadline

Health Minister Mark Holland tabled a long-awaited bill Thursday meant to pave the way for national pharmacare and preserve a deal that secures the New…

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71% of Canadian workers say rising cost of living is increasing faster than their income: survey

Nearly three-quarters (71 per cent) of Canadian workers say their rising cost of living is increasing faster than their income, according to a survey by…

  • By: Staff
  • February 28, 2024 February 26, 2024
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Hub International acquiring Oakville, Ont.-based Mitchell Sandham

Hub International Ltd. is acquiring Oakville, Ont.-based Mitchell Sandham Inc., an independently owned insurance brokerage company that provides commercial and personal insurance and employee benefits…

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  • February 27, 2024 February 27, 2024
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Stakeholders forming coalition to minimize impact of pharmacare on employer-sponsored benefits plans

Several stakeholders from the benefits sector are partnering to form the Smart Health Benefits Coalition, an advocacy group that aims to strengthen the health-care system and…

York U academic workers go on strike, citing lack of support amid rising cost of living

Nearly 3,000 academic workers at York University are on strike after their union said the university didn’t meet their demand to “address the affordability crisis.”…

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UPP keeping plan members engaged, informed with new web portal

The University Pension Plan is launching a new web portal to prioritize plan member engagement throughout the year. “Transparency is an important value to our…

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Top 5 HR, benefits, pension and investment stories of the week

An article on how the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System has contributed to the province’s gross domestic product was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com this…

  • By: Staff
  • February 23, 2024 February 22, 2024
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Survey finds U.S. employees increasingly interested in retirement, savings programs

The vast majority (89 per cent) of U.S. employees say they’d be more likely to continue working for an employer that offered a retirement plan,…

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  • February 21, 2024 February 21, 2024
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Black, Hispanic American workers’ contributions to employer-sponsored retirement plans 40% lower than white workers’: study

The average rate of contribution by U.S. Black and Hispanic workers to employer-sponsored retirement plans is roughly 40 per cent lower than that of white…

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  • February 21, 2024 February 20, 2024
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Manulife enhances family benefits for Canadian employees

How family-building benefits can support employee well-being, retention

Family-building benefits can go a long way in supporting employers’ attraction and retention efforts, says David Krieger, regional vice-president of benefits consulting at BFL Canada.…

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  • February 21, 2024 February 20, 2024
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Top 5 HR, benefits, pension and investment stories of the week

An article on the Canada Revenue Agency’s guidance for how employers must determine the province of employment for remote workers was the most-read story on…

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  • February 16, 2024 February 15, 2024
  • 09:00
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U.S., U.K. delivery, ride-hailing drivers stop work on Valentine’s Day over pay, employee benefits

Thousands of ride-hailing and delivery workers in the U.S. and the U.K. went on strike on Valentine’s Day, calling for higher pay and other changes…

FSRA’s Pension Awareness Day helping engage, educate employees on benefits of workplace pension plans

For its second annual Pension Awareness Day on Feb. 15, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario is holding information sessions for its employees to…

Top 5 HR, benefits, pensions and investment stories of the week

An article on the Ontario Court of Appeal’s affirmation of a $1.5 million punitive damages award was the most-read article on BenefitsCanada.com this week. Here are the…

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  • February 9, 2024 February 8, 2024
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Court of Appeal upholds $1.5 million punitive damages award in LTD claims case

The Ontario Court of Appeal’s affirmation of a $1.5 million punitive damages award — reportedly the largest award of its kind in a Canadian long-term…

Manulife, Loblaw deal to deliver specialty drugs sparks access, competition concerns

Some pharmacare policy experts are raising concerns about competition and patient access to much-needed medication after Manulife Financial Corp. announced its coverage of certain prescription…

Survey finds U.S. gen Z employees more likely to expect tailored benefits

U.S. generation Z employees are more likely to expect a tailored, year-round benefits experience than other employees, according to a new survey by MetLife Inc.…

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  • January 26, 2024 January 25, 2024
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Employers can improve benefits communication, highlight mental-health support for ‘Blue Monday’

Employers can use the time surrounding ‘Blue Monday’ to ensure they’re communicating properly with employees and highlighting mental-health supports, says Gianna Ricciardi, vice-president and practice…

What do Ontario employers need to know ahead of new pay transparency legislation?

Before new pay transparency legislation takes effect in Ontario, it’s important for employers to ensure their current compensation structure is in order, says Dominic Girard, a senior…

New incentives could boost satisfaction with in-person work, but few employers are making changes

Justin Ryan Horton has two jobs. When he’s not working 24-hour shifts as a firefighter, he’s working as an administrative assistant for a local community…

U.S. government launching initiative to encourage more employee ownership

The U.S. Department of Labor is launching an employee ownership initiative to encourage more employers and employees to take advantage of these opportunities. The new…

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  • July 26, 2023 July 25, 2023
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Report finds DEI increasingly important in talent attraction, retention efforts

While more than two-thirds (69 per cent) of employers say the macroeconomic environment is negatively impacting recruitment, three-quarters (74 per cent) say it hasn’t reduced…

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  • April 11, 2023 April 10, 2023
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