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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
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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…

Liberals eye easing access to maternity, parental leave in EI review: minister

The minister in charge of Canada’s federal social safety net for workers says the government is looking at removing rules that make it difficult for…

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Patagonia providing North American employees with paid time off this holiday season

Patagonia Inc. is giving all of its North American employees an additional week of paid time off this holiday season. The clothing retailer’s customer service…

  • By: Staff
  • December 22, 2021 December 22, 2021
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Just 27% of Canadians taking all allotted vacation time in 2021: survey

The percentage of Canadians taking all of their allotted vacation time increased to 27 per cent in 2021, compared to 2020 when 20 per cent said…

  • By: Staff
  • December 21, 2021 December 21, 2021
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Q&A with Hootsuite’s Paul Dhillon

Hootsuite Inc.’s director of total rewards talks benefits in a remote working environment, the four pillars of wellness and recharging through physical activity. Q: What…

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • December 17, 2021 December 16, 2021
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Government open to amending paid sick days legislation for federally regulated workers

The government is open to amending legislation that would provide 10 days of paid sick leave for federally regulated workers. Federal Labour Minister Seamus O’Regan acknowledged that…

Redbrick considering range of commuting benefits, perks as part of return-to-office planning

Commuting can be a pain point for some employees returning to the office, so a Victoria, B.C.-based software company is considering several ways to incentivize employees…

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • December 15, 2021 December 15, 2021
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Pinterest expanding parental, fertility benefits offerings

Pinterest is expanding its parental and fertility benefits offerings, including the addition of two rounds of in vitro fertilization and egg freezing. The social media company’s…

  • By: Staff
  • December 13, 2021 December 10, 2021
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Coverage of the 2021 Mental Health Summit

Recognized as the leading and most well-known event in workplace mental health for more than 15 years, Benefits Canada‘s 2021 Mental Health Summit, which was…

2021 Mental Health Summit: The importance of self-management in employee mental health

Supporting employees’ mental health while teleworking will take on new importance as employers increasingly adjust their return-to-office plans to include some level of remote or…

2021 Mental Health Summit: A look at the lesser-known impact of diabetes distress

The World Health Organization has designated diabetes as the only non-viral epidemic and diabetes drugs continue to be ranked as the second highest cost category…

2021 Mental Health Summit: Pharmacogenetic testing success stories in mental-health treatment

Pharmacogenetic testing has become a popular addition to employee benefits packages, primarily because of its ability to inform personalized drug treatment, especially in mental health…

2021 Mental Health Summit: Rapid access, recovery and return to work with intensive outpatient programming

Approximately two in five Canadians live with a mental-health disorder and about eight million are struggling with non-prescriptive addiction. Medically managed intensive outpatient programming, or…

2021 Mental Health Summit: Internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy a key mental-health strategy

Mental health is the leading cause of disability for Canadian employers of all types, sectors and sizes, with 70 per cent of employers saying expanding…