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Competitive total rewards critical part of Canadian HR, corporate strategies: survey

Competitive total rewards programs are a critical component of Canadian organizations’ human resources and corporate strategy, according to a new survey by WorldatWork. The survey,…

  • By: Staff
  • May 20, 2020 November 24, 2020
  • 15:15

Aon launches online tool to forecast coronavirus impact on benefits plans

Aon has introduced an interactive online tool that forecasts the impact of the coronavirus on employee populations across Canada, aiming to help employers anticipate the…

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  • May 15, 2020 November 23, 2020
  • 09:03

NDP calling for two weeks of sick leave for all Canadians

The federal New Democrats say all Canadians require access to two weeks of sick leave benefits as provinces start moving to reopen their economies while fighting the…

Editorial: We’re all in this together

To say things have changed since I wrote my last editorial is a massive understatement. Of course, the early rumblings of the coronavirus pandemic were…

How OPG is leveraging virtual care to improve health access

In the midst of the coronavirus crisis, virtual health care is taking centre stage. But Ontario Power Generation was ahead of the curve, introducing a…

2020 Workplace Benefits Awards now open for entries

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

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  • April 30, 2020 November 30, 2020
  • 09:00
U.S. employers maintaining health benefits, considering other cost-cutting measures: survey

North American companies making total rewards cuts as pandemic extends: survey

North American employers are attempting to strike a balance between supporting employees and reducing costs during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new survey by Aon.…

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  • April 23, 2020 November 30, 2020
  • 15:00
Employers taking many approaches to leave, benefits during coronavirus pandemic

Employers taking many approaches to leave, benefits during coronavirus pandemic

Canadian employers are taking varied approaches to leave, compensation and benefits during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new survey by Aon. The survey, conducted…

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  • April 20, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 15:30

A field guide to the spectrum of Canadian mental-health professionals

Mental-health issues continue to be a driver of employee absence and disability year after year, so it’s important for employers to understand and cover a…

How are Canadian employers handling workers’ family responsibility pressures?

The majority of Canadian employers are aware of workers who can’t conform to their normal schedule because of family responsibilities while working from home during…

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  • April 15, 2020 November 23, 2020
  • 16:00
Webinar: Coronavirus and workplace mental health

Webinar: Coronavirus and workplace mental health

While physical well-being is vital during the coronavirus pandemic, the situation is raising multiple mental-health issues, including rising stress levels exacerbated by job uncertainty and…

Supporting employees’ workplace health, financial wellness during coronavirus

It’s the only story around these days. COVID-19 — the coronavirus — has broken out all over the world, leading to strain on health-care resources,…

Conference coverage: 2020 Employers Cancer Care Summit

Conference coverage: 2020 Employers Cancer Care Summit

On March 3, the 2020 Employers Cancer Care Summit featured sessions on cancer-related issues and opportunities tied to benefits plans and the workplace. Many perspectives required when…

Flexible return-to-work policies crucial for cancer survivors

Flexible return-to-work policies crucial for cancer survivors

By the year 2031, 2.2 million Canadians will be living with cancer, with 40 per cent between the ages of 20 and 65 — the…

Fidelity Canada touts preventative, life-sustaining benefits plans

Fidelity Canada touts preventative, life-sustaining benefits plans

When it comes to benefits plan management, each case is individual, said Diana Godfrey, senior vice-president of human resources and corporate at Fidelity Canada, during…

Ignoring psychosocial oncology can be costly for organizations

Ignoring psychosocial oncology can be costly for organizations

When a person experiences a cancer diagnosis and undergoes treatment, it can be one of the most distressing experiences they can go through, so it’s…

Webinar: Coronavirus: What do employers need to know?

Webinar: Coronavirus: What do employers need to know?

With the coronavirus pandemic rapidly evolving, the global employment landscape is facing unprecedented challenges. Looking at short-term disability programs, benefits plans, human resources policies and…

Feds introduce $82 billion in coronavirus emergency support for workers, businesses

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an $82 billion stimulus package to underpin several new policies aimed at supporting Canadian workers and employers during the coronavirus…

Ontario, Alberta providing new leaves for employees impacted by coronavirus

Ontario and Alberta are making changes to provincial employment legislation to protect workers who are affected by the coronavirus. In Ontario, Premier Doug Ford and…

Considerations around employee safety, privacy, leave during the coronavirus crisis

Considerations around employee safety, privacy, leave during the coronavirus crisis

As employers prepare to prevent against the spread of the coronavirus, issues of workplace and public safety will likely take precedent over privacy concerns. Employers…

How are insurers working with plan sponsors amid coronavirus pandemic?

How are insurers working with plan sponsors amid coronavirus pandemic?

The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association has been conducting weekly calls with its members since mid-January to discuss issues around the ongoing coronavirus crisis,…

Canada Life to make virtual health care standard in group benefits plans

Canada Life is working with Dialogue Technologies Inc. to make virtual health care a standard benefit for its group benefits plans with up to 400 plan…

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  • March 5, 2020 November 23, 2020
  • 15:15

IKEA Canada rolls out wellness days for employees’ personal needs

IKEA Canada is giving wellness days to its employees to support their work-life balance. The wellness days, introduced in January, can be used for when employees…

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  • March 4, 2020 November 23, 2020
  • 15:15

B.C. introducing legislation for paid domestic, sexual violence leave

British Columbia is tabling legislation that would grant up to five days of paid leave for workers affected by domestic or sexual violence. The leave…

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  • March 4, 2020 November 23, 2020
  • 09:45

Scotiabank expanding parental leave top-up, adding virtual health care

Scotiabank is expanding its maternity and parental leave top-up pay for Canadian employees and providing access to a virtual health-care program. Eligible employees will receive…

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  • March 3, 2020 November 23, 2020
  • 09:15