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Federal government’s tight fiscal outlook could delay pharmacare

While Liberals and New Democrats appear to be inching closer to an agreement on proposed pharmacare legislation, a national drug plan may be farther out…

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How employers can support employee well-being amid global conflict

For Canadians and people around the world, the current news stream can be particularly bleak. While a brief ceasefire between Israeli forces and Hamas punctuated…

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • November 27, 2023 November 24, 2023
  • 09:00

Desjardins using budget workshops, interactive game to support employee financial wellness

Desjardins Insurance is marking Financial Literacy Month with a series of budgeting workshops for employees and an interactive game to help improve financial literacy. The…

  • By: Sadie Janes
  • November 24, 2023 November 23, 2023
  • 09:00
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Federal tax for mental-health care a barrier for many Canadians: psychotherapist

The head of a group that represents psychotherapists and counsellors says Ottawa’s plan to lift federal taxes on those services is a good start to…

Coverage of the 2023 Future of Work Summit

In a virtual format on Oct. 26, Benefits Canada‘s inaugural Future of Work Summit brought together key industry leaders to discuss pressing human resources issues. The…

2023 Future of Work Summit: Employee attraction and retention, engagement and workplace culture top list of employers’ HR priorities

Even as signs emerge that the labour market is starting to shift in employers’ favour, employee attraction, retention and engagement remain top priorities. During Benefits…

2023 Future of Work Summit: What do millennial plan members want from their employers?

When Desjardins Insurance launched a study to redefine employee health and well-being, an unexpected finding came through loud and clear: Canadian employers and insurers should…

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Feds consider end of ‘30% rule’ for pensions, propose EI adoption benefit: fall economic statement

In its 2023 fall economic statement, the federal government said it will consider removing the rule that restricts Canadian pension funds from holding more than…

  • By: Staff
  • November 22, 2023 November 22, 2023
  • 09:00
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65% of U.S. employees cite flexible work as top compensation component: survey

Two-thirds (65 per cent) of U.S. employees rank flexible work options as the No. 1 component of compensation beyond salary, down from 71 per cent…

  • By: Staff
  • November 20, 2023 November 20, 2023
  • 15:00
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Survey finds a quarter of U.S. employers provide coverage of diabetes management drugs for weight loss

While three-quarters (76 per cent) of U.S. employers say they provide coverage of glucagon-like peptide-1 drugs for diabetes management, about a quarter (27 per cent)…

  • By: Staff
  • November 20, 2023 November 20, 2023
  • 09:00
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38% of U.S. workers haven’t taken a vacation in 12 months: survey

Two-fifths (38 per cent) of U.S. employees say they haven’t taken a vacation in the past 12 months, according to a new survey by Eagle…

  • By: Staff
  • November 20, 2023 November 17, 2023
  • 09:00

Coverage of the 2023 Healthy Outcomes Conference

Nearly 50 employers gathered at the Omni King Edward Hotel in Toronto on Oct. 20 for Benefits Canada’s 2023 Healthy Outcomes Conference, a premier event…

2023 Healthy Outcomes Conference: Tall poppy syndrome affecting employee mental health, productivity in the workplace

When tall poppy syndrome is left to manifest in the workplace, it can have an adverse effect on an organization’s culture and lead to issues…

Georgia to pay for gender affirmation care for public employees

The state of Georgia will start paying for gender affirmation care for state employees, public school teachers and former employees covered by a state health…

National pharmacare program will cost $40BN annually with shift of $14BN in private insurance

The Parliamentary Budget Office is confirming the insurance industry’s projection that a single-payer model of national pharmacare program will cost $40 billion annually as a result…

  • By: Staff
  • October 18, 2023 October 17, 2023
  • 09:00

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

An article announcing the finalists in Benefits Canada‘s 2023 Workplace Benefits Awards was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five most popular…

  • By: Staff
  • September 8, 2023 September 7, 2023
  • 09:00

How are pandemic reverberations affecting disability management programs, workplace accommodations?

About a year before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Algonquin College updated its disability management program. The timing set the Ottawa-based college up for…

RBC educating employees, reducing stigma around money matters through financial wellness hub

During Financial Literacy Month, the Royal Bank of Canada is supporting employees’ financial wellness through a new website that provides financial education and support. The…

Expert panel: How employers can align their benefits plan and DEI strategy

The documentation of formal diversity, equity and inclusion policies and approaches is one of the most significant changes to the Canadian workplace over the last…

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…

  • By: Staff
  • July 26, 2023 July 25, 2023
  • 09:00

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…

  • By: Staff
  • April 11, 2023 April 10, 2023
  • 09:00

How employers can support female talent, diversify hiring in male-dominated industries

Employers in traditionally male-dominated industries can use flexible benefits and a diversity-minded approach to hiring to attract more female talent, says Deirdre Chong-Smith, a compensation…

  • By: Sadie Janes
  • February 17, 2023 February 22, 2023
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