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Majority of plan sponsors, plan members view their health benefits plans as excellent or good: survey

A majority of plan sponsors (80 per cent) and plan members (77 per cent) described the quality of their health benefits plans as excellent or…

Claims paid out to support mental health up 75% since 2019: CLHIA

Canadian life and health insurers processed nearly $600 million in claims related to mental health in 2021, up 45 per cent since 2020 and 75…

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  • September 16, 2022 September 15, 2022
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Glencore, USW agreement includes benefits gains, increased disability leave

The union representing employees at Glencore’s Raglan Mine in Nunavik, Que. has ratified an agreement that includes benefits gains and increases in paid disability leave.…

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  • September 15, 2022 September 14, 2022
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Webinar coverage: Combatting rising benefits plan costs with digital pharmacies, drug plan optimization

After living through a prolonged global pandemic, Canadian benefits plan sponsors are facing a professional environment that’s almost unrecognizable to pre-2020 years. The coronavirus pandemic…

AGA Benefit Solutions acquiring Aptus Benefits

AGA Benefit Solutions is acquiring Vancouver-based Aptus Benefits Inc., a group benefits and retirement consultancy with expertise in collectively bargained plans and executive disability programs. Private…

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  • September 9, 2022 September 9, 2022
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Webinar coverage: Supporting employees with severe heart disease

According to conservative estimates, 100,000 Canadians may suffer from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with an estimated prevalence of about one in every 200 to 500 individuals, said Dr.…

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Top 5 HR, benefits and pension stories of the week

An article on a ruling against the Blue Cross Life Insurance Co. of Canada and how it could affect long-term disability premiums was the most-read…

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  • August 5, 2022 August 5, 2022
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Ruling against Blue Cross Life Insurance could affect LTD premiums: lawyer

A recent court ruling that awarded a plaintiff $1.5 million in punitive damages against the Blue Cross Life Insurance Co. of Canada — in connection…

Top 5 HR, benefits and pension stories of the week

An article on Public Health Sudbury’s violation of the Ontario Human Rights Code following an employee’s termination over a vaccine refusal was the most-read story…

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  • July 29, 2022 July 29, 2022
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More than a third of disability claims in 2022 due to mental-health reasons: survey

While more than a third of disability claims under Canadian employer-sponsored benefits plans in 2022 were due to mental-health reasons, just two-thirds (63 per cent)…

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  • July 26, 2022 July 25, 2022
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U.S. supplemental health insurance premiums totalled $1.1B in Q1 2022: surveys

In the first quarter of 2022, new annual premiums for supplemental health insurance products totalled $1.1 billion in the U.S., a six per cent increase from…

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  • July 15, 2022 July 14, 2022
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IWA-Forest Industry pension plan appointing Mark Guiton as CEO

The IWA–Forest Industry pension plan and long-term disability plan are appointing Mark Guiton as chief executive officer. Guiton (pictured left), who has been the organizations’…

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  • July 14, 2022 July 14, 2022
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U.S. employee health, well-being programs expected to yield 47% ROI in 2022: report

U.S. employer-sponsored health insurance and well-being programs are expected to yield an average return on investment of 47 per cent this year, according to a…

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  • July 13, 2022 July 12, 2022
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Pilkington Glass, Unifor agreement includes paid leave, DC pension enhancements

The union representing roughly 100 employees at Pilkington Glass in Whitby, Ont. has ratified a three-year agreement that includes benefits and pension gains. Members of…

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  • June 28, 2022 June 27, 2022
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Top 5 HR, benefits and pension stories of the week

An article on the possible surge of disability claims linked to long-haul coronavirus and remote work injuries was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the…

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  • June 17, 2022 June 17, 2022
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2022 BPS coverage: Plan sponsors should be bold with benefits plan design amid ‘Great Resignation’

The ‘Great Resignation’ is ushering in a period of great transformation for employers, the workforce and the workplace of the future, said Charmaine Alexander, senior…

2022 BPS coverage: How employers can combat the rise in musculoskeletal conditions

Employees are experiencing more pain than ever before, with nearly half of the workforce diagnosed with some form of chronic pain lasting more than three…

Employers can expect surge of claims linked to long-haul coronavirus, remote work injuries: lawyers

As the pandemic winds down, employers can expect to see an increase in disability claims related to long-haul coronavirus infections and compensation claims resulting from…

2022 Tech Insights: How virtual pharmacy can improve plan members’ medication adherence, management

The coronavirus pandemic has marked a sea change in how Canadians receive health care. While just four per cent of primary care visits were conducted virtually…

2022 Tech Insights: A look at how new technology can help employees with type 1 diabetes

Living with Type 1 diabetes is like having a full-time job on top of managing a day job and life commitments — one that involves…

2022 Tech Insights: Helping employees manage burden of living with chronic illness, disability

When Kristy Dickinson’s health took a turn eight years ago and she was diagnosed with a rare and complex disease, she stepped away from her…

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…

2022 Drug Plan Trends Report: High-cost drugs, DEI shaping drug plans

This month marks the second anniversary of the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, a 24-month span that has had profound effects on the health of…

Two years later: Employers leveraging health, wellness tools to prevent pandemic-fuelled burnout, disability leaves

As the second anniversary of the coronavirus pandemic approaches, Canadian employers are leveraging all the tools in their health and wellness toolbox to stave off…

Mental health-related disability rises among Canadians during pandemic: Stats Can

The proportions of mental health-related disability increased 2.3 percentage points from 2019 (6.4 per cent) to 2021 (8.7 per cent), according to combined data from…

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  • March 9, 2022 March 9, 2022
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