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New collective agreements for FCL, GFL staff include benefits improvements

New collective agreements for two separate groups of employees include improvements to health benefits and work-life balance. The negotiations between Federated Co-operatives Ltd. and Unifor,…

How Willful is using benefits, flexibility and perks to attract top talent in tight labour market

While many organizations had to press pause on their hiring plans at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Willful, a Canadian online estate planning company,…

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SAP Canada increasing virtual wellness offerings amid pandemic

SAP Canada Inc. is accelerating the expansion of virtual wellness offerings through its benefits package amid the coronavirus pandemic. “The pandemic has essentially pressed fast-forward…

Ontario’s paid sick leave program costing less than expected

Ontario’s temporary paid sick leave program is receiving less uptake than initially expected. The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Friday that, as of July 21, a…

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  • July 26, 2021 July 26, 2021
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Sounding Board: Collaboration, innovation key to sustainable Canadian private health insurance sector

With Canada’s public and private drug market an ever-evolving landscape, what value can be gained from collaboration and innovative solutions to ensure patient access to…

Hootsuite supporting employee mental health with additional week off

Hootsuite Inc. is supporting employee mental health by giving workers more time off this summer. The social media marketing and management company held its inaugural…

Walmart offering doula care for Georgia-based employees, support for LGBTQ2S+ staff in U.S.

Walmart Inc. is expanding its benefits to include coverage of doula care for employees under its medical plan in Georgia. The company recently announced it…

Expert panel: A look at retiree benefits and the current health-care system

Many employees may be dreaming of a carefree retirement following many years in the trenches — but they’ll likely have to keep dreaming if they…

Webinar coverage: Depression in the workplace and redesigning employee support

In the last 17 months, workplaces are prioritizing their employees’ physical health above all else. But what happens when employees’ mental health falls to the…

Purolator enhancing mental-health benefits offering amid pandemic

Purolator Inc. is adapting its benefits plan to proactively respond to employees’ mental-health needs amid the coronavirus pandemic. The company has expanded both the dollar…

Johnston Group partnering with PocketPills on digital pharmacy platform

Johnston Group is partnering with PocketPills to provide a digital pharmacy platform. Plan members can access a pharmacist seven days a week by live chat…

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  • July 16, 2021 July 15, 2021
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Webinar coverage: Pharmacy-based diabetes management improves access, outcomes

Innovative technology to monitor glucose levels for patients with diabetes offers improved health outcomes, reduced absenteeism and improved productivity, said Rick Siemens, certified diabetes educator…

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GroupHEALTH acquiring stake in B.C.-based benefits software developer

Group Health Group Holdings Inc. is acquiring a minority interest in CDAT Software Inc., the British Columbia-based maker of Oliver benefits administration software. In June,…

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  • July 14, 2021 July 14, 2021
  • 15:00

Canada Life to acquire health-care management firm ClaimSecure

The Canada Life Assurance Co. is acquiring ClaimSecure Inc., a health-care management firm that provides health and dental claim management services. The acquisition increases the…

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  • July 13, 2021 July 13, 2021
  • 15:00
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Aon, Willis Towers Watson merger receives European Commission’s conditional approval

Aon and Willis Towers Watson are confirming the European Commission’s conditional approval of the two companies’ proposed merger. “This is a major step that demonstrates continued progress…

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  • July 12, 2021 July 12, 2021
  • 15:00

Health-care spending, use of virtual care increasing in U.S. amid pandemic: report

The coronavirus pandemic has increased health-care costs in the U.S., while shifting how and where employees access care, according to a new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers.…

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  • July 12, 2021 July 9, 2021
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Vale mine workers in Sudbury striking over cuts to drug coverage, retiree health benefits

More than 2,000 workers at a Vale nickel mine in Sudbury, Ont., are continuing their strike after their union, United Steelworkers Local 6500, rejected the…

Webinar coverage: Tackling barriers and increasing access to mental-health care

While there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel with respect to the coronavirus pandemic and the return to normal life,…

B.C. hospitality workers’ layoffs affecting critical benefits during pandemic

A labour dispute between hospitality workers and two Vancouver hotels is affecting the employees’ health benefits and pension plan. More than 50 hospitality workers at…

RCMP rolling out new digital benefits, insurance platform for 40,000 plan members

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police group life insurance and disability income insurance plans are now available to members via a secure, self-service digital platform. When…

Expert panel: Supporting employees’ mental health a marathon, not a sprint

Anyone who’s ever run a marathon or completed an endurance race or trek knows the last few miles are the hardest, both physically and mentally.…

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Sun Life completes acquisition of U.S. health-care provider

Sun Life Financial Inc. has completed its acquisition of PinnacleCare International Inc., a U.S. health-care navigation and medical intelligence provider. Based in Maryland, PinnacleCare has more…

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  • July 5, 2021 July 5, 2021
  • 15:30
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Reliance Home Comfort, Unifor deal increases paid sick days, employer RRSP match

The 830 locked-out employees at Reliance Home Comfort sites in Ontario are heading back to work after their union ratified a new contract with the…

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  • July 5, 2021 July 5, 2021
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Lululemon supporting employee well-being amid pandemic

Lululemon Athletica Inc. is helping employees maintain physical and mental well-being amid the coronavirus pandemic with a series of wellness initiatives. In an emailed statement…

Health Canada delaying new drug pricing regulations another six months

For the third time in a row, the federal government is delaying long-awaited changes to Canada’s drug pricing regime for a further six months. In…