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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…

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…

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

Plan sponsors want to send targeted health communications, but members still wary: survey

More than three-quarters (79 per cent) of plan sponsors said they’re interested in their benefits providers sending targeted communications to plan members, according to the 2020…

  • By: Staff
  • July 2, 2020 November 23, 2020
  • 09:00

Role of data integration in disability management post-pandemic

The long-term economic impacts of the COVID-19 s pandemic is anybody’s best guess, as are its long-term health impacts. Emerging evidence shows that, even after recovering…

  • June 23, 2020 November 23, 2020
  • 08:30

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…

New study highlights value of pharmacogenetic-guided drug treatment

New study highlights value of pharmacogenetic-guided drug treatment

The results of a new study highlight the value of tailoring drug treatment to an individual’s genetic makeup. The pharmacogenetics clinical trial study by Green…

  • By: Staff
  • June 16, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 15:15

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…

Half of Canadian employers have a policy to address benefits during disability: survey

Just half of Canadian employers said they’ve adopted a formal policy to clearly communicate their approach to disability benefits in the event of a conflict,…

  • By: Staff
  • June 9, 2020 November 24, 2020
  • 09:00
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,…