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U.S. workplace disability insurance premiums reach $1.7BN in Q1 2023: report

Total U.S. sales of workplace disability insurance premiums reached $1.7 billion in the first quarter of 2023 — a year-over-year increase of five per cent — driven…

  • By: Staff
  • July 10, 2023 July 10, 2023
  • 15:00

Expert panel: Seven important questions as pandemic moves into endemic phase

In three short years, the relationship between Canadian employers and employees has changed dramatically as a result of the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on health, finances…

Ontario court overturns $249K judgment against employer that denied worker LTD benefits

The Ontario Court of Appeal has overturned a $248,931 judgment against an employer that denied long-term disability benefits to an employee, citing the trial judge’s…

EAPs increasing virtual delivery, taking proactive approach to meet employees’ shifting needs 

Once rooted in mental-health support, employee assistance programs have evolved exponentially in recent years to meet the changing needs of employees. During the coronavirus pandemic,…

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Canadian DB pension plan assets rise 1.9% in April: report

A typical Canadian defined benefit pension plan’s funded position improved on a solvency basis and decreased on an accounting basis in April as a result…

  • By: Staff
  • May 11, 2023 May 11, 2023
  • 12:00
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Northern Transformer, Unifor agreement includes pension, benefits gains

The union representing 70 employees at Northern Transformer in Vaughan, Ont. has ratified a four-year collective agreement that includes pension and benefits gains. The agreement…

Why the OTIP brought on a pharmacist as a consultant for its disability claims team

The Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan has added a lead pharmacy consultant to its group life and disability claims team to assist in managing both early…

How remote, hybrid working arrangements are affecting musculoskeletal issues

During the coronavirus pandemic, most people were forced to work remotely and create makeshift offices in spaces that weren’t designed for that purpose. The result…

Coverage of the 2023 Chronic Disease at Work conference

For almost 10 years, Benefits Canada’s Chronic Disease at Work conference has examined the current trends in chronic disease in Canada and what they mean for plan…

Return-to-work strategies, open communication help alleviate employee stress, anxiety

While the World Health Organization defines stress as any type of change that causes physical, emotional or psychological strain, simply put, it’s the body’s response…

Supporting employees with chronic, complex conditions helps manage benefits costs

When it comes to chronic conditions, there’s a difference in understanding and appreciating — “and this difference goes a long way in helping employers navigate their…

Top 5 HR, benefits, pension and investment stories of the week

The Federal Court’s ruling that the termination of long-term disability benefits for Air Canada employees eligible to receive unreduced pension benefits doesn’t amount to age…

  • By: Staff
  • February 24, 2023 February 24, 2023
  • 09:00

How employers can support employees with psoriatic conditions

In 2021, more than 50 per cent of people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis said their condition has had a negative impact at work, according…

  • By: Sadie Janes
  • February 21, 2023 February 21, 2023
  • 09:00

Termination of LTD benefits for Air Canada workers eligible to receive unreduced pension benefits doesn’t amount to age discrimination: court

The Federal Court has ruled that the termination of long-term disability benefits for employees who become eligible to receive unreduced pension benefits doesn’t amount to…

Former NFL players suing league for denied disability claims

Ten former National Football League players have filed a class action lawsuit against the organization, claiming their disability claims were denied. In the filing, the…

  • By: Staff
  • February 16, 2023 February 15, 2023
  • 09:00

Telus training managers to recognize signs of employees experiencing mental-health struggles

Telus Communications Inc. is training its people leaders to recognize when employees are experiencing mental-health struggles. The organization provides leaders with scripts to refer to when they…

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Domtar, Unifor agreements include pension, benefits gains

The union representing 450 employees at Domtar Corp. in Dryden, Ont. has ratified three collective agreements that include benefits and pension gains. The agreements include…

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Survey finds sales of U.S. supplemental health insurance products increasing

Sales of U.S. workplace supplemental health insurance products totalled US$2.1 billion in the first nine months of 2022, rising 11 per cent year over year,…

  • By: Staff
  • January 17, 2023 January 16, 2023
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How employers can ease return to office for employees with disabilities

Employers requiring workers with disabilities to return to the office should increase flexibility and regularly check in with these employees to make the transition as…

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Editorial: Wrapping up 2022 with healthy outcomes, award winners and a glimpse at the future of work

The autumn is typically a busy one for the industry, but this year was especially eventful over at Benefits Canada. After a brief hiatus, the…

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…