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Ontario’s paid sick leave program costing less than expected

Ontario’s temporary paid sick leave program is receiving less uptake than initially expected. The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Friday that, as of July 21, a…

Unifor, Chartwell continuing contract negotiations over sick days, bereavement leave

Contract negotiations are continuing between Chartwell Master Care and the union representing employees at an Ottawa-area retirement home, after the employer proposed cuts to paid…

43% of Canadians fear contracting coronavirus when they return to office: survey

Although vaccinations have been ramping up across the country, almost half (46 per cent) of Canadians who are working from home are anxious about contracting…

  • By: Staff
  • July 6, 2021 July 5, 2021
  • 09:00

Meet the judges of the 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards

With the 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards’ nomination process drawing to a close in a couple of weeks, Benefits Canada is pleased to announce this year’s…

  • By: Staff
  • June 25, 2021 June 24, 2021
  • 09:00
Who are the winners of the inaugural Pension Leadership Awards?

Deadline extended for 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards

Benefits Canada is extending the deadline for entering the 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards to Wednesday, July 7. The annual awards, which will be held virtually on Oct. 14,…

  • By: Staff
  • June 21, 2021 June 21, 2021
  • 08:45

Investing in iCBT offerings can pay off for employers

As many employees struggle with mental-health issues during these tumultuous times, internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy is one tool that may help them bounce back. Employers…

Coverage of the 2021 Benefits & Pension Summit

On May 18 and 19, Benefits Canada hosted the 2021 Benefits & Pension Summit, a virtual event bringing together both group benefits plans and defined contribution pension…

  • June 4, 2021 June 4, 2021
  • 09:15

2021 BPS coverage: How PCL is balancing benefits, pension decisions during coronavirus

With the majority of PCL Construction Ltd.’s workforce continuing to work at its Canada-wide job sites and offices throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the organization’s decisions…

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2021 BPS coverage: Accident prevention may reduce benefits costs, absenteeism

With auto-related accidents contributing to absenteeism and lost workplace productivity, accident prevention is a key component of corporate wellness, said Fernand Vartanian, general counsel and head…

Canadian employers failing mothers returning from parental leave: report

The vast majority (95 per cent) of Canadian working mothers said they didn’t receive any formal support from their employer during their maternity leave transition,…

  • By: Staff
  • May 27, 2021 May 26, 2021
  • 08:45

2021 BPS coverage: Drug, disability claims stabilizing but pandemic’s impact lingers

While the rates of drug and disability claims are returning to their pre-pandemic levels, employers are still contending with the impact of the coronavirus crisis…

Coverage of the 2021 Tech Insights: Spring Edition Conference

On April 15, Benefits Canada hosted 2021 Tech Insights: Spring Edition, an event designed to showcase the latest technology in benefits, administration and plan member offerings. This…

How the pandemic has evolved the meaning of an EAP

Canadians have weathered two waves of the coronavirus pandemic and are now working their way through the third. But what happens when the fourth wave…

Why digital health care is here to stay following pandemic

The same technology advancements that allowed for hyper-personalized service in sectors from banking to food delivery were already in the process of remaking health-care access…

Webinar coverage: Diabetes technology can improve workplace productivity

Approximately 10 per cent of Canadians live with diabetes and one in 300 children live with Type 1 diabetes, according to Dr. Angelo Simone, a…

How Algonquin College is stepping up its absence management program

When Algonquin College decided to streamline its absence management process in 2019, it was important to partner with a provider that would go beyond merely…

Haleo helping benefits plan members overcome insomnia

Embarking on a workplace chronic illness or mental-health strategy is incomplete without factoring in sleep, said Bradley Smith, chief executive officer of Haleo Clinic, during…

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Morneau Shepell’s digital mental-health service easing pandemic stress

As Canadians face worsening overall mental health and heightened levels of stress during the coronavirus pandemic, internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy can be a powerful tool…

Employee off-hours conduct during coronavirus pandemic leading to dismissals

Employee off-hours conduct during coronavirus pandemic leading to dismissals

One year ago, hosting a pizza party with co-workers or showing up to work with stomach-bug symptoms were unthinkable in terms of fireable offences. But…

22% of Canadian employers would adjust pay of remote staff who move: survey

22% of Canadian employers would adjust pay of remote staff who move: survey

More than one-fifth (22 per cent) of Canadian companies say they’ll adjust the pay of remote workers who move to a different location, according to…

Calls for Ontario to reinstate paid sick leave intensify amid lockdown

Calls for Ontario to reinstate paid sick leave intensify amid lockdown

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is continuing to feel heat from opposition politicians calling for the provincial government to reinstate paid sick days on the heels…

Half of Canadians taking less time off in December due to pandemic: survey

Half of Canadians taking less time off in December due to pandemic: survey

Nearly half of working Canadians (49 per cent) will be taking less or no vacation time this December as a result of the ongoing coronavirus…

  • By: Staff
  • December 18, 2020 April 23, 2021
  • 09:02
Co-ordinated treatment plan required to get staff with depression back to work

Co-ordinated treatment plan required to get staff with depression back to work

With depression rapidly becoming the primary reason for workplace impairment and disability claims, it’s important to understand the role work plays in maintaining good health.…

  • By: Sonya Felix
  • November 27, 2020 November 27, 2020
  • 07:51
Scotiabank to allow Canadian staff to buy more personal days

Scotiabank to allow Canadian staff to buy more personal days

Scotiabank is introducing a program that will allow benefits-eligible Canadian employees to purchase up to five additional personal days. The program is effective April 1, 2021,…

Five lessons for employers to apply to the pandemic’s second wave

Five lessons for employers to apply to the pandemic’s second wave

As coronavirus cases rise across the country and some return-to-work plans become return-to-home plans, many employers are wondering how to help their employees adapt once again…