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Scotiabank awarded for adapting benefits in face of coronavirus

Scotiabank awarded for adapting benefits in face of coronavirus

Scotiabank secured its second win at Benefits Canada‘s 2020 Workplace Benefits Awards on Oct. 16 for adapting its existing benefits and introducing new resources to…

Leadership-driven mental-health strategy nets award for Scotiabank

Leadership-driven mental-health strategy nets award for Scotiabank

At Benefits Canada‘s 2020 Workplace Benefits Awards on Oct. 16, Scotiabank was recognized for a mental-health strategy that starts at the top of the organization and focuses…

NDP support for throne speech contingent on paid sick leave

New Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Singh said his party will support last week’s throne speech on the condition that more Canadians be granted access to…

  • By: Staff
  • September 28, 2020 November 16, 2020
  • 09:30

Employers prioritizing support for working parents but current policies not effective: survey

Images of parents trying to shush their kids during work Zoom meetings are now as commonplace as, well, Zoom meetings. With many people six months into working from…

  • By: Staff
  • September 25, 2020 November 16, 2020
  • 08:45

EAP counselling more effective on issues of presenteeism than other workplace problems: survey

Presenteeism is the No. 1 issue for employers in terms of its negative impact on the workforce and the extent to which is can be…

  • By: Staff
  • September 18, 2020 November 17, 2020
  • 15:30

Pandemic blurring work-life lines a recipe for employee burnout

Even before the coronavirus pandemic, technology was blurring the lines between work and home life. An unhealthy attachment to our mobile phones made it easy…

How can employers support staff with children during pandemic schooling?

When the coronavirus pandemic hit, Scotiabank kicked the expansion of its existing childcare offering for employees into high gear. “Given the bank has announced that anyone…

Plan Sponsor Week: Globally mobile workers need extra help dealing with pandemic stress

Globally mobile employees may be feeling more discouragement, burnout and stress during the coronavirus pandemic compared to their domestic peers. Indeed, outside of the crisis,…

What tools can employers use to address employees’ sleep concerns?

Plan Sponsor Week: Sleep-specific CBT valuable add to benefits plans

Plan members living with insomnia or sleep problems could benefit from sleep-specific cognitive behavioural therapy programs accessible through their benefits plans. “One of the key…

Empire Life adding telemedicine to group benefits plans

The Empire Life Insurance Co. is adding telemedicine services to its group benefits plans. Beginning Sept. 1, 2020, all employees whose plan sponsors offer Empire…

  • By: Staff
  • August 26, 2020 November 23, 2020
  • 15:00
Successful return-to-work processes more essential during coronavirus

Successful return-to-work processes more essential during coronavirus

For Chantelle Tadman, returning to work after maternity leave was more eventful than she’d hoped it would be. Between needing to take disability leave during…

Webinar: Overall health key to employee well-being during, after pandemic

In this unprecedented time, it’s more evident the physical, psychological and financial components of health are all interconnected, said Charmaine Alexander, senior disability management advisor…

Plan sponsors worried about drug, dental plan sustainability: Sanofi survey

Most (79 per cent) plan sponsors said they have at least one major concern about their health benefits plan, with this increasing to 89 per…

  • By: Staff
  • July 6, 2020 November 23, 2020
  • 09:00

Webinar: Expanding access to high-quality health care with telemedicine

Health and productivity is affected by a lack of access to care, according to Dr. Hanif Jamal, Canadian medical director at Teledoc Health, during a webinar…

Sanofi survey finds age a factor in levels of workplace stress

While benefits plan members are experiencing levels of stress that impact their productivity at work, a growing number feel their employer is supporting their mental…

  • By: Staff
  • June 25, 2020 November 23, 2020
  • 08:50

Webinar: Coronavirus and chronic disease: What are the effects on the workforce?

On May 21, Benefits Canada hosted a webinar to explore the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on chronic disease in the workplace, as well as how virtual…

Five workplace changes that should stay post-coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has been disruptive for all and sadly, devastating and difficult for many. In the pandemic’s early days, we saw a great deal…

U.S. employers maintaining health benefits, considering other cost-cutting measures: survey

How the coronavirus pandemic’s new normal is shaping total rewards

In the group benefits world, the first rumblings of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic came when plan sponsors started asking, as early as January,…

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…

  • By: Staff
  • 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…

  • By: Staff
  • 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.…

  • By: Staff
  • April 23, 2020 November 30, 2020
  • 15:00