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70% of employers say it’s impossible to offer all benefits demanded by employees: survey

While employers recognize employee benefits are an important part of attracting and retaining talent, seven in 10 (70 per cent) say it’s impossible to offer…

How climate change is impacting benefits, employee health

During Canada’s unprecedented 2023 wildfire season, 6,500 individual fires burned more than 18.4 million hectares of land — and wildland firefighters bore the brunt of…

What plan sponsors should know ahead of rollout of new obesity drugs in Canada

A new generation of glucagon-like peptide-1 drugs approved for the treatment of obesity will soon be available in Canada, presenting an opportunity for plan sponsors…

Nearly half of working Canadian women disappointed with employer’s support during maternity leave: survey

Nearly half of Canadian women employees say they’re dissatisfied with their organizations’ support during maternity leave, according to a survey by Maturn. The survey, which…

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  • March 26, 2024 March 25, 2024
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Top 5 HR, benefits, pension and investment stories of the week

An article on how a shorter workweek can support higher levels of employee health and happiness was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com. Here are the…

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  • March 15, 2024 March 14, 2024
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How employers can prioritize women’s health in benefits plans

Amid a wave of frank and open discussions about women’s health, more plan sponsors are beginning to review their benefits and human resources policies with…

Report finds women taking 69% of all mental-health leaves of absence

In 2023, women took 69 per cent of all leaves of absence related to mental health in North America, according to a new report by ComPsych…

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  • March 8, 2024 March 8, 2024
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How employers can support sandwich generation caregivers

Employers can support sandwich generation caregivers by providing extensive well-being benefits, flexibility and leadership training, says Michael Mousseau, national well-being practice leader at Arthur J.…

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.…

  • By: Sadie Janes
  • February 21, 2024 February 20, 2024
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How remote working is impacting employee mental health

As the mental-health concerns of employees in remote working arrangements continue to evolve, Thomson Reuters Corp. is taking a flexible approach to supporting these workers.…

84% of U.S. employers planning to adjust leave programs in the next two years: survey

A majority (84 per cent) of U.S. employers are planning to make changes to their leave programs in the next two years, according to a…

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  • February 5, 2024 February 5, 2024
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Robinson Solutions, Unifor agreement includes pension, benefits gains

The union representing more than 160 employees at facilities services provider Robinson Solutions in Oshawa, Ont. has ratified a three-year collective agreement that includes pension…

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  • January 31, 2024 January 30, 2024
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Willful expanding bereavement leave to provide employees with additional support, flexibility

Canadian online estate planning company Willful is expanding its bereavement policy to provide more employee support and flexibility. Employees are allowed up to 15 consecutive business days…

Top 10 benefits stories of 2023

A story on how plan sponsors and insurers are considering covering weight-loss drugs as part of a broader push towards more inclusive benefits was the…

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  • December 19, 2023 December 18, 2023
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A look at Capital One Canada’s inclusive parental leave, time off programs

Inclusivity has long been a priority at Capital One Canada and its employee leave programs are no exception. As a result of this focus, the…

  • By: Sadie Janes
  • December 15, 2023 December 14, 2023
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Coverage of the 2023 Mental Health Summit

On Nov. 7, Benefits Canada hosted its annual Mental Health Summit, the industry’s most popular and well-known conference in this space. Designed for our audience of employers…

2023 Mental Health Summit: Positive work relationships can support employee mental health

Many employees try to carry on with work while dealing with stresses in their personal lives — and many wait too long before sharing their…

2023 Mental Health Summit: The connection between sick days and absenteeism, presenteeism

If absenteeism is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to employees’ mental health and well-being, presenteeism is the bulky underwater mass, said William…

2023 Mental Health Summit: A closer look at intensive outpatient treatment programs for mental health

Many Canadians are dealing with mental-health challenges that require support beyond what’s available through an employee assistance program — that’s where intensive mental-health treatments could help,…

2023 Mental Health Summit: Early diagnosis and treatment integral in supporting complex mental-health conditions

While employees dealing with mental-health challenges like depression need quality and personalized care as quickly as possible, people seeking care through the public health system face…

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: How can employers provide targeted chronic illness support?

As the proportion of Canadians living with one or more chronic disease continues to rise, plan sponsors have the opportunity to provide specific solutions to…

2023 Healthy Outcomes Conference: Panel: Taking a proactive approach to absence and disability management

Long before the coronavirus pandemic upended the workplace and impacted absence and disability management, employers have been rethinking these programs by taking a proactive approach.…

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • November 20, 2023 November 30, 2023
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B.C. introducing minimum wage, labour protections for app-based gig workers

British Columbia is introducing new protections for ride-hailing and food delivery app workers including a minimum wage, compensation for expenses and other standards. A minimum…

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…