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With hours before deadline, Liberals reshape pandemic aid to employers, workers

The federal government has unveiled a $7-billion redesign of pandemic aid for businesses and individuals that kicks in Sunday, which would cut support to almost…

Top 5 HR, pension and benefits stories of the week

Our story revealing the employers that took the top spots at the 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards was the most-read story over the past week on BenefitsCanada.com. Here…

  • By: Staff
  • October 22, 2021 October 21, 2021
  • 09:00

Pandemic taking toll on employee mental, physical health: survey

As the coronavirus pandemic drags on, it’s dragging down plan members mental and physical health, according to the 2021 Benefits Canada Healthcare Survey. About a third…

  • By: Staff
  • October 22, 2021 October 22, 2021
  • 09:00

Hub acquiring Vancouver benefits firm

Hub International Ltd. is acquiring Vancouver’s Rogersworks Inc. Rogersworks is an independent benefits brokerage firm specializing in employee group benefits and association group benefits. John Ash, benefits…

  • By: Staff
  • October 22, 2021 October 21, 2021
  • 09:00

Should employers offer paid menstrual leave?

On the first day of her period, Amy Saunders says she’s often stuck in bed with a hot water bottle, downing painkillers and drinking tea.…

Samsung snags award for health, wellness program for all life stages

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s comprehensive employee health and wellness strategy scored it a win at Benefits Canada‘s 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards on Oct. 14. The technology company won…

Pandemic shifting benefits plan challenges for sponsors, members: Benefits Canada survey

Canadian health benefits plan members’ top stressors have shifted to reflect the new work environments created by the coronavirus pandemic, according to the 2021 Benefits…

  • By: Staff
  • October 21, 2021 October 21, 2021
  • 09:00
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Cost of U.S. employer benefits rising 5% in 2022, finds survey

The cost of employer-provided health benefits in the U.S. is expected to increase by an average of five per cent in 2022 to more than…

  • By: Staff
  • October 20, 2021 October 20, 2021
  • 15:00

3M Canada nets health, wellness award for long-term focus

3M Canada’s long-term focus on helping employees “refresh, re-energize and feel well” secured the company a win at Benefits Canada’s 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards on Oct. 14.…

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Toronto software company offering 4-day workweek, flexibility to employees

A Toronto-based software developer is offering additional workplace flexibility to employees, leading to increased productivity and growth. Marco Osso, vice-president of employee success at Tulip.io…

‘Significant’ wave of terminations coming due to workplace vaccine mandates: lawyer

Canada is facing a potential wave of terminations tied to mandatory workplace vaccine policies as a growing number of employers require workers to be fully…

Shopify wins award for ‘digital by design’ employee health, wellness strategy

Shopify Inc. was awarded for its digital-first employee health and wellness strategy at Benefits Canada‘s 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards on Oct. 14. The technology company won the…

Toronto seafood market engaging employees with profit-sharing plan, health benefits

A Toronto-based seafood market is using its benefits and compensation offerings to engage employees in an industry hit particularly hard by the coronavirus pandemic. David…

New study calling on permanent reforms to Canada’s sickness, caregiving leaves

With the coronavirus pandemic exposing gaps in sickness and caregiving leave provisions across Canada, the Institute for Research on Public Policy is calling for permanent…

  • By: Staff
  • October 8, 2021 October 8, 2021
  • 15:00

New paper calls for linking DB pension solvency minimums to plan member age

A new white paper published by the Canadian Institute of Actuaries is proposing new rules during defined benefit plan windups, requiring higher solvency ratios for members…

Pandemic changing ‘must have’ perks for U.S. millennial managers: survey

The coronavirus pandemic is changing what perks millennial managers consider “must haves,” according to a new survey by MetLife Inc. It found millennial managers (ages 26…

  • By: Staff
  • September 24, 2021 September 24, 2021
  • 15:00

Unilever awarded for holistic approach to supporting employees amid pandemic

Unilever Canada’s holistic approach to supporting employees’ health and well-being throughout the coronavirus pandemic scored the company a win at Benefits Canada’s 2021 Workplace Benefits…

Who are the winners of the 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards?

Benefits Canada is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards. At a virtual roundtable and awards ceremony on Thursday, 23 finalists gathered to discuss their leading benefits and…

  • By: Staff
  • October 15, 2021 October 15, 2021
  • 09:05

How Rolls Royce Canada is reducing drug plan costs while maintaining benefits offering

As innovative medicines become more widely covered in workplace drug plans, employers are tasked with finding new ways to control costs while ensuring members receive…

How employers can mark first-ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

A new federal holiday offers new opportunities for Canadian employers to support Indigenous employees this week and beyond, say experts. This Thursday, Sept. 30, is…

Amazon beefing up benefits, pay in North America amid tight labour market

Amazon.com Inc. is expanding its education benefits to cover college tuition expenses for frontline workers in the U.S. The benefit is available to U.S. employees…

Liberals promising 10 sick days for federally regulated employees

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is promising 10 sick days for federally regulated employees. Trudeau made the promise on the federal election trail on Friday ahead of Canadians going…