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Medavie Blue Cross, Medical Confidence launching health-care navigation system for employees on disability

Medavie Blue Cross and Medical Confidence, recently acquired by CloudMD, are providing select plan members on disability with access to a personalized health-care navigation service that…

Eligibility affecting caseloads in provincial disability benefits programs: report

Eligibility affecting caseloads in provincial disability benefits programs: report

Data collected over the last decade suggests that differing eligibility requirements for provincial disability benefits programs affected caseloads in the provinces that offer them, according…

  • By: Staff
  • January 28, 2021 January 28, 2021
  • 09:00
CloudMD acquiring EAP provider, health-care navigation platform and a digital-health company

CloudMD acquiring EAP provider, health-care navigation platform and a digital-health company

CloudMD Software & Services Inc. is beefing up its offerings via the recent acquisitions of HumanaCare Organizational Resources Inc., Medical Confidence Inc. and Aspiria Corp.…

  • By: Staff
  • January 20, 2021 February 23, 2021
  • 09:00
Q & A with Aramark Canada’s Eva Tentere de Metz

Q & A with Aramark Canada’s Eva Tentere de Metz

Aramark Canada Ltd.’s director of total rewards talks balancing total rewards priorities, employee assistance programs and children’s psychological development. Q. What top challenges do you…

Plan members using EAP, virtual care to support mental health during pandemic

Plan members using EAP, virtual care to support mental health during pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has significantly increased plan members’ willingness to seek help for their mental-health concerns and to access video or telephone counselling, said Julie…

EQ Care appointing new director of disability management support services

EQ Care appointing new director of disability management support services

EQ Care is appointing Rosalie Croteau as director of disability management support services. As the company extends further into this area, Croteau will be assisting…

  • By: Staff
  • November 27, 2020 January 19, 2021
  • 09:14
Meeting the growing need for mental health with virtual care

Meeting the growing need for mental health with virtual care

Long before the coronavirus pandemic disrupted everyone’s lives, a large portion of the working population had mental-health issues that affected their jobs and performance. But the pandemic…

  • By: Sonya Felix
  • November 27, 2020 November 27, 2020
  • 09:00
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
Magna’s data-driven wellness strategy proving focus on analytics reduces costs

Magna’s data-driven wellness strategy proving focus on analytics reduces costs

Magna International Inc. is using data to personalize its wellness program, increase employee engagement and reduce costs. In 2012, the Canadian automobile parts manufacturer established…

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…

  • By: Kim Siddall
  • November 3, 2020 February 5, 2021
  • 08:45
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…

How three benefits plan members are receiving medical cannabis coverage

How three benefits plan members are receiving medical cannabis coverage

While medical cannabis coverage is appearing in more benefits plans, most insurers that cover it still have very specific conditions. Sun Life Canada covers the…

Taking the long view on effectively dealing with LTD claims

Taking the long view on effectively dealing with LTD claims

On average, one in three Canadians will be disabled for 90 days or more at least once before they reach age 65, according to the…

  • By: Bob Carter
  • October 13, 2020 February 4, 2021
  • 08:45

Half of Canadians see anxiety and depression as disabilities: survey

Canadians who’ve experienced mental-health challenges, or have taken time off for disabilities, are more likely to view a mental-health illness as a disability, according to a new…

  • By: Staff
  • September 24, 2020 November 17, 2020
  • 09:30
Supporting disabled employees needs a blend of formal benefits, flex policies

Supporting disabled employees needs a blend of formal benefits, flex policies

As the coronavirus pandemic spread across the world, employee health came into sharp relief. Employers took action to provide creative solutions to ensure staff remained…

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…

  • September 15, 2020 February 5, 2021
  • 08:45

Plan Sponsor Week: Mental-health support starts with understanding barriers

While the vast majority of Canadians say the coronavirus pandemic is impacting their mental health, just 60 per cent are receiving the treatment or social support…

NL case involving employer duty to accommodate medical cannabis sent back to arbitration

The Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal has found a labour arbitrator failed to properly analyze an employer’s efforts to accommodate an employee taking medical…

2020 Consultants Report: Pandemic will fundamentally change benefits, pension plans

The coronavirus pandemic is fundamentally changing the future of work and, very likely, the nature of employer-sponsored benefits and pension plans. Looking to the end…

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…

Retroactive pay, pension, insurance increases in new agreement for postal workers

Canada Post Corp. employees and some retirees are receiving retroactive wage increases, as well as adjustments to their disability and life insurance and pensions, through two new…

iA Financial Group launching mental-health support for group benefits plan members

iA Financial Group is launching a service for its group plan members to target major mental-health issues that contribute to absenteeism and disability claims. The…

  • By: Staff
  • July 20, 2020 November 23, 2020
  • 09:15

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…

Plan sponsors, members want more benefits plan support for chronic conditions: survey

Employers are increasingly interested in seeing more support for chronic disease and chronic pain management in their benefits plans, according to the 2020 Sanofi Canada health-care…

  • By: Staff
  • July 3, 2020 November 23, 2020
  • 08:45