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Coverage of the 2022 Healthy Outcomes Conference

After a brief hiatus, Benefits Canada’s long-standing Healthy Outcomes Conference returned as an in-person event designed for employers to exchange ideas and best practices for…

2022 Healthy Outcomes Conference: How can employers link disability management, employee well-being?

For too long, disability programs have been reactive rather than proactive, but connecting disability management to overall employee well-being strategies can help reduce disability trends…

2022 Healthy Outcomes Conference: How is the pandemic changing plan sponsors’ mental-health strategies?

During the pandemic, employers are facing the “perfect storm” of major workplace disruption coupled with a poor mental-health baseline leading up to the crisis, according…

2022 Healthy Outcomes Conference: Using disability data to improve employee wellness programs

While short- and long-term disability leaves can be challenging and disruptive for both employees and employers, reviewing trends data can help plan sponsors begin to…

Coverage of the 2022 Mental Health Summit

For more than 16 years, Benefits Canada has recognized the importance of workplace mental health by hosting the annual Mental Health Summit, the industry’s most popular and…

2022 Mental Health Summit: How health-care employers are supporting employees’ mental health post-pandemic

Working on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic day in and day out, health-care workers experienced significant mental-health challenges over the past two and a…

2022 Mental Health Summit: Incorporating resilience skill-building into mental-health programs

While traditional therapy benefits and virtual-care options are now table stakes in benefits plans, there’s more employers can do to equip employees with the resources…

2022 Mental Health Summit: How Bell Canada is evolving its workplace mental-health strategy

When Bell Canada launched its Bell Let’s Talk initiative in 2010, the telecommunications company announced a plan to spend $155 million on fighting stigma, improving…

2022 Mental Health Summit: Best practices in disability, mental-health prevention

Treatment for mental health isn’t effectively covered by public health systems, which means care for chronic disease management and mental health — by and large…

2022 Mental Health Summit: Health culture, performance indicators key to minimizing employee absence, disability

Since an organization’s most valuable asset is its people, the coronavirus pandemic made it clear that having healthy, happy employees on the job isn’t just…

Employers seeing paramedical claims return to pre-pandemic levels

As the coronavirus crisis enters an endemic phase, employers are beginning to see a return to pre-pandemic levels in paramedical benefits’ usage. During the first…

Fluor Canada wins award for detailed approach to absence management

Fluor Canada Ltd.’s dynamic approach to absence management scored the company a win at Benefits Canada‘s 2022 Workplace Benefits Awards on Oct. 18. The multinational engineering and…

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SIGA liable for $1.2M in LTD benefits following termination without cause: Saskatchewan court

The Saskatchewan Court of King’s Bench has held the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority liable for more than $1.2 million in long-term disability benefits owed to…

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80% of SMEs in Eastern Canada don’t provide employee benefits: survey

Eight in 10 (80 per cent) small- and medium-sized employers in Eastern Canada say they don’t provide employee benefits, according to a new survey for…

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  • October 11, 2022 October 7, 2022
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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…

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  • October 3, 2022 October 3, 2022
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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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