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Survey finds employees who feel adequately recognized at work report lower burnout

Employers with a workplace culture that promotes employee recognition and connection have more productive and engaged workers, according to a new survey by Workhuman and Gallup…

OPSEU, College Employer Council agreement includes medical cannabis, mental-health coverage

The union representing full-time support workers at Ontario’s 24 public colleges has ratified a three-year collective agreement that includes a new mental-health benefit, coverage for…

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  • October 6, 2022 October 5, 2022
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Thomson Reuters supporting employee mental health with mindfulness practices, paid time off

Thomson Reuters Corp. is marking Mental Illness Awareness Week and World Mental Health Day with the launch of a new mindfulness practice. The practice, called ‘be purposefully…

Survey finds majority of plan sponsors concerned over pandemic’s long-term impact to benefits costs

More than three-quarters (78 per cent) of plan sponsors say they’re concerned about the coronavirus pandemic’s long-term impact on the cost of health benefits plans,…

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  • October 5, 2022 October 4, 2022
  • 09:00
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71% of Canadians finding it challenging to save for retirement amid rising inflation: survey

Nearly three-quarters (71 per cent) of Canadians say saving for retirement is a challenge amid rising inflation, an increase of six percentage points over 2021,…

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  • October 4, 2022 October 3, 2022
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Expert panel: How employers, employees can mitigate workplace microaggressions

Microaggressions — everyone has heard them or may have even used them. Defined as everyday verbal and behavioural slights against a person or group that…

Amount of benefits plan sponsors with HCSAs, wellness accounts on the rise: BCHS

Half of benefits plan members (49 per cent) and plan sponsors (48 per cent) say they have a health-care spending account in 2022, compared to…

  • By: Staff
  • October 4, 2022 October 5, 2022
  • 09:00

Blackburn Media, Unifor agreement includes flexible work, benefits improvements

The union representing employees at a Blackburn Media Inc. radio station in Wingham, Ont. has ratified a three-year collective agreement that includes increased benefits and…

Majority of plan sponsors, plan members view their health benefits plans as excellent or good: survey

A majority of plan sponsors (80 per cent) and plan members (77 per cent) described the quality of their health benefits plans as excellent or…

  • By: Staff
  • October 3, 2022 October 3, 2022
  • 09:00

Walmart expanding fertility benefits for U.S. employees

Walmart Inc. is teaming up with a fertility startup to offer benefits under its insurance plan that will help its U.S. workers expand their families.…

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Survey finds perceptions of workplace culture impacting employees’ mental health

Canadian employees are divided on whether there’s a significant difference between the workplace culture cited by their employer and the reality, according to LifeWorks Inc.’s latest…

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  • September 30, 2022 September 29, 2022
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Top 5 HR, benefits, pension and investment stories of the week

An article on virtual health-care findings in the 2022 Benefits Canada Healthcare Survey was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are…

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  • September 30, 2022 September 29, 2022
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Half of plan sponsors have implemented coronavirus vaccination policies: BCHS

Around half (53 per cent) of Canadian benefits plan sponsors and two-thirds (65 per cent) of plan members say their workplace implemented a coronavirus vaccination…

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  • September 30, 2022 September 29, 2022
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Will U.S.-style gig worker litigation come to Canada?

A gig worker by any other name would be a lot more expensive. In most jurisdictions, Uber Technology Inc. drivers and their app-based brethren are…

Federal government seeks to launch national dental care in December

The federal government is aiming to launch the first phase of its national dental-care program on Dec. 1. The program, which will provide dental care…

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  • September 15, 2022 September 14, 2022
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U.S. labour board accuses Starbucks of pay disparity

A regional office of the National Labor Relations Board says Starbucks Corp. is violating U.S. labour law by withholding pay hikes and other benefits from…

Webinar coverage: How are employers incorporating DEI into their benefits plans, HR policies?

As Canadian employers deepen their diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives to increase the representation of historically underrepresented groups among their workforces, they’re also focusing on…

Which employers are finalists in the 2022 Workplace Benefits Awards?

Benefits Canada is pleased to announce the finalists of the 2022 Workplace Benefits Awards. This year’s awards program welcomed 115 entries across 11 categories, all highlighting how Canada’s leading…

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  • September 6, 2022 September 2, 2022
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Talk Shop Media adding ‘pawrental’ leave benefit for new pet parents

Since Aug. 26 is National Dog Day, Talk Shop Media thought it would be the perfect time to roll out its new ‘pawrental leave’ policy.…

StoneRidge Insurance Brokers acquiring benefits consultancy MultiCare Group

Ontario-based StoneRidge Insurance Brokers Corp. is acquiring employee benefits consultancy MultiCare Group. The acquisition will allow StoneRidge to provide a full range of insurance, risk…

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  • September 21, 2022 September 21, 2022
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Lussier acquiring HR consultancy Matière Grise

Insurance broker Lussier Inc. is acquiring human resources consultancy Matière Grise. The acquisition will allow the Quebec-based broker to expand its employee benefits consulting services,…

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  • September 19, 2022 September 19, 2022
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How employers can leverage pay transparency to achieve pay equity

Just because employers are transparent with their compensation philosophy or ranges, it doesn’t always mean they’re equitable in their compensation process, says Andrea Bartlett, director…