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2022 Tech Insights: How can employers support employees with moderate mental-health symptoms?

Benefits plans tend to support employees dealing with either mild or severe mental-health symptoms, but an entire middle category of plan members lack a treatment…

2022 Tech Insights: Optimizing plan member outcomes with proactive medication assessments

A typical patient’s journey takes plan members from the doctor to the pharmacy for medication and then leaves them on their own. But employees’ lives…

Alberta expanding bereavement leave policy to include parents experiencing miscarriage, stillbirth

Alberta’s government is proposing an amendment to provincial labour legislation that would extend bereavement leave to parents who’ve experienced a miscarriage or stillbirth. The proposed…

  • By: Staff
  • May 4, 2022 May 3, 2022
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2022 Workplace Benefits Awards opens for entries

Does your organization’s benefits plan or financial wellness program deserve recognition? Are you leading the way when it comes to supporting your employees’ mental health? Is…

  • By: Staff
  • April 29, 2022 April 29, 2022
  • 09:05

Ontario casinos, Unifor reach deals with improved pensions, benefits

The union representing workers at three Ontario casinos has ratified a series of collective agreements that will provide improved pensions and health benefits for employees.…

  • By: Staff
  • April 27, 2022 April 26, 2022
  • 09:00
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Ontario NDP platform includes dental care, pharmacare, paid leave

Ontario’s New Democratic Party’s election platform includes universal dental care, mental-health care and pharmacare. Following the agreement reached between the federal Liberals and NDP in late…

  • By: Staff
  • April 25, 2022 April 25, 2022
  • 15:00

Half of Canadians experiencing one work-related mental-health risk factor

Almost half (48 per cent) of Canadian employees are experiencing at least one work-related mental-health risk factor, according to a new report by Manulife Corp.…

  • By: Staff
  • March 29, 2022 March 28, 2022
  • 09:00
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Toronto non-profit compensating interviewees for their time

A Toronto-based non-profit organization is compensating prospective employees by paying them for their time during interviews. FoodShare Toronto’s new policy, which took effect March 1,…

Half of U.S. employees say employers are supporting well-being during the pandemic: survey

More than half (58 per cent) of U.S. employees say their employer has supported their well-being during the two-year coronavirus pandemic, according to a new…

  • By: Staff
  • March 8, 2022 March 8, 2022
  • 15:00

Supporting employees with education, access to effective migraine medications

A migraine attack is much more severe than a headache because it comes with a lot of other symptoms, according to Dr. Elizabeth Leroux, a…

What plan sponsors need to know about employees living with lupus

Lupus, a chronic but “invisible” autoimmune disease with no cure, is a life-altering diagnosis that impacts all areas of patients’ lives, including their work performance.…

Focusing on prevention, support for employees with musculoskeletal disabilities

Musculoskeletal issues have a far-reaching impact on the mental, physical and emotional wellness of benefits plan members and their families — however, they also come…

Employees with chronic diseases, caregiver responsibilities often shouldering invisible burden

Kristy Dickinson woke up on a recent Monday unable to move her body. The delay waiting for medication and a heating pad to kick in…

The importance of early intervention for employees with multiple sclerosis

People living with multiple sclerosis can continue to thrive in the workforce with early access to specialists in the disease and accommodations that give them…

Xero enhancing parental leave benefits to include all employees

Xero Ltd. is enhancing its parental leave benefits to make them inclusive to all employees on the path to parenthood. Starting Feb. 1, 2022, the…

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Thomson Reuters offering workplace flexibility, enhanced paid leave

Thomson Reuters Corp. is providing employees with additional flexibility and paid leave to further support well-being and work-life balance. The media company is allowing employees…

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • February 18, 2022 February 20, 2022
  • 09:00

Sabbaticals can help with talent attraction and retention, say experts

Sally Phuong took a four-week sabbatical from her job as an account executive at Sun Life Financial Inc. last year so she could participate in…

Bell Let’s Talk Day: Employers supporting staff amid pandemic stresses

This year, Canadian employers are marking Bell Canada’s Let’s Talk Day by addressing the ongoing coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the mental health of employees. The…

Coverage of the 2021 Face to Face in Drug Plan Management Forum

On Dec. 15, the industry’s most popular drug benefits conference returned in a virtual format, highlighting the trends and opportunities for Canadian benefits plan sponsors…

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Using proactive drug plan design to ensure future sustainability

In 2020, Canada Life Assurance Co. saw a decrease in the number of benefits plan members making a drug claim, though the costs of those…

Ensuring plan sponsors get value for money from their drug plans

The drug pipeline is full of new medications that may be more effective but may also be more expensive than existing treatments. Although they could…

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TD expanding fertility treatment coverage, bereavement policy

The Toronto-Dominion Bank is enhancing its benefits offerings in 2022 with expanded family planning coverage. The bank’s benefits program is now covering fertility and reproductive…

Benefits, pension plan administrators face bevy of challenges in 2022: webinar

The shift to hybrid and remote work models during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is one of several issues impacting pension plan and group benefits administrators…

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How Accenture, Traction on Demand are supporting working parents in 2022

A new year is bringing back old issues for employers and employees alike. The rise of the highly contagious Omicron coronavirus variant meant many students…

How can employers support coronavirus long-haulers?

As the phenomenon of coronavirus long-haulers — individuals who display symptoms for months following infection — becomes more prominent amid the ongoing pandemic, plan sponsors…