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Editorial: Looking back — and ahead — in an unprecedented year

Editorial: The fourth trimester and the benefits plan

As any new parent can attest to, those early hours, days and weeks with a new baby are beyond challenging. In the fourth trimester (a…

Twitter adapting fitness benefit to help employees stay active, connected amid pandemic

Since shifting its employees to remote working at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Twitter Inc. adapted its fitness reimbursement benefit to the new virtual…

How will the potential work-from-anywhere boom post-pandemic impact benefits plans?

Since the global coronavirus pandemic prompted a move to remote working, white-collar employees are looking at jurisdictions from Nova Scotia to Bermuda, enticed by a…

Using non-binary gender descriptors remains challenge for benefits, insurance industries

While employees are being more open about their gender identities — whether they identify as gender fluid, intersex, non-binary, transgender or two-spirit — at work…

Manulife supporting employees with new virtual health, wellness program

Manulife Financial Corp.’s new virtual health and wellness program is aiming to help employees keep healthy, engaged and connected amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The…

Employees unsure whether employer provides substance abuse resources

An equal percentage of Canadian employees said their employer does (27 per cent) or doesn’t (27 per cent) provide resources to help those experiencing challenges…

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  • June 25, 2021 June 24, 2021
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Meet the judges of the 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards

With the 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards’ nomination process drawing to a close in a couple of weeks, Benefits Canada is pleased to announce this year’s…

  • By: Staff
  • June 25, 2021 June 24, 2021
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Sounding Board: Chiropractic care more vital than ever

There’s a raging epidemic underway in Canada that receives very little attention, despite its devastating impacts. It wreaks havoc on people’s health, fuels the opioid…

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Amazon launching employee health programs in Canada

Amazon.com Inc. is launching a digital health-care platform for its Canadian employees. The My Wellbeing platform provides employees with access to a range of health-care…

Manulife holds DEI afternoon of ‘reflection, learning’ followed by bonus day off

Manulife Financial Corp. and its subsidiary John Hancock is educating and thanking its employees for continuing to work hard amid these tumultuous times. This is…

Who are the winners of the inaugural Pension Leadership Awards?

Deadline extended for 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards

Benefits Canada is extending the deadline for entering the 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards to Wednesday, July 7. The annual awards, which will be held virtually on Oct. 14,…

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  • June 21, 2021 June 21, 2021
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Investing in iCBT offerings can pay off for employers

As many employees struggle with mental-health issues during these tumultuous times, internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy is one tool that may help them bounce back. Employers…

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GroupHEALTH acquiring B.C.-based benefits provider

Group Health Group Holdings Inc. is acquiring a 75 per cent stake in Canadian Benefits Investment & Insurance Group Inc., a British Columbia-based provider of…

  • By: Staff
  • June 14, 2021 June 14, 2021
  • 09:00

Pride Month: How employers can create a more inclusive work culture

When Mercer Canada recently partnered with a vendor on an employee well-being initiative, the human resources team noticed the images included in the materials reflected…

Workplace Benefits Awards offers opportunity to learn from other employers, says 2020 winner

Recognition in not one, but two categories at Benefits Canada‘s 2020 Workplace Benefits Awards is helping get the word out to Scotiabank employees that the bank is a…

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Mental-health, specialty medications driving drug costs in 2020: report

Canadians’ health priorities are shifting as the coronavirus pandemic drags on, as claims for medications to treat mental-health conditions continued to rise in 2020, along…

Coverage of the 2021 Benefits & Pension Summit

On May 18 and 19, Benefits Canada hosted the 2021 Benefits & Pension Summit, a virtual event bringing together both group benefits plans and defined contribution pension…

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2021 BPS coverage: How PCL is balancing benefits, pension decisions during coronavirus

With the majority of PCL Construction Ltd.’s workforce continuing to work at its Canada-wide job sites and offices throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the organization’s decisions…

Employee off-hours conduct during coronavirus pandemic leading to dismissals

Employees with chronic health conditions facing challenges during pandemic: survey

Canadian employees with ongoing health challenges have faced unique challenges during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new survey by RBC Insurance. Among employees with…

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  • June 3, 2021 June 4, 2021
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2021 BPS coverage: Virtual health solutions to be default post-pandemic

Consumers across the globe have adopted digital services into their everyday lives, personalizing the way they pay bills, shop and plan vacations. Now, amid the…

How employers can help staff dive back into in-person work

As Canadians watch the U.S. reopen with life returning to normal in various stages, in addition to thoughts of attending sporting events, concerts and gathering…

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2021 BPS coverage: Accident prevention may reduce benefits costs, absenteeism

With auto-related accidents contributing to absenteeism and lost workplace productivity, accident prevention is a key component of corporate wellness, said Fernand Vartanian, general counsel and head…

Employers planning for post-pandemic future focusing on employee well-being, virtual health care

Employers are applying several lessons from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic to their benefits offerings, particularly the importance of employee well-being and access to virtual health…