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Employers offering retirement benefits seeing stronger staff productivity: survey

Nearly half (44 per cent) of employers that offer retirement benefits said employee productivity has been better than normal over the past year, compared to…

  • By: Staff
  • October 7, 2021 October 7, 2021
  • 09:00

Sun Life buying dental benefits provider, People Corporation acquiring digital wellness solution

Sun Life is buying DentaQuest, a U.S.-based provider of dental benefits, for $3.1 billion. The company, which offers dental benefits through employers, will become part of Sun…

Expert panel: Digital health solutions take a holistic approach to patient care

Various forms of digital health care have been available in Canada for several years, but I’d argue nothing has accelerated the awareness, need and adoption…

New study finds ROI in workplace wellness programs

The majority (81.5 per cent) of plan members participating in digital wellness programs experienced improvements for a wide range of health indicators across 30 months,…

  • By: Staff
  • October 1, 2021 September 30, 2021
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Sun Life’s group benefits, Lumino Health platform rebranding as one division

Sun Life Assurance Co. of Canada’s group benefits and Lumino Health platform are rebranding as Sun Life Health, a new business unit focused on empowering Canadians…

  • By: Staff
  • September 30, 2021 September 30, 2021
  • 09:00

Pandemic changing ‘must have’ perks for U.S. millennial managers: survey

The coronavirus pandemic is changing what perks millennial managers consider “must haves,” according to a new survey by MetLife Inc. It found millennial managers (ages 26…

  • By: Staff
  • September 24, 2021 September 24, 2021
  • 15:00

Top 5 HR, pension and benefits stories of the week

The federal election is top of mind for many these days, so it’s no surprise Benefits Canada‘s most-read story over the past seven days was…

  • By: Staff
  • September 24, 2021 September 24, 2021
  • 09:00

How will another term for the Liberals impact employers, workers?

A third term for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau means some significant promises with the potential to impact employers and employees may soon become reality. During…

Germany ending coronavirus quarantine sick pay for unvaccinated

Germany is stopping sick pay for unvaccinated people who have to go into quarantine because of the coronavirus. Previously, Germans could claim for income lost due…

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Globe and Mail, Unifor deal includes enhanced mental-health benefit

The union representing employees at the Globe and Mail has ratified a new three-year contract that will provide a $1,500 mental-health benefit. Howard Law, director…

  • By: Staff
  • September 21, 2021 September 20, 2021
  • 15:00

How will federal election platforms impact HR, benefits and pensions?

As Canadians head to the polls today, Benefits Canada takes a look at how the federal parties’ campaign promises could impact the human resources, benefits…

  • By: Staff
  • September 20, 2021 September 17, 2021
  • 09:00
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40% of employees reporting difficulty accessing mental-health care: survey

While 53 per cent of employees said their employer has provided good support during the coronavirus pandemic, 40 per cent reported difficulty in accessing mental-health…

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  • September 20, 2021 September 20, 2021
  • 09:00
Editorial: Looking back — and ahead — in an unprecedented year

Editorial: Digital inclusion, employee support, flexibility key in return to the workplace

With restrictions gradually lifting across the country this summer, employers started to turn their attention to their return to the workplace plans. Now, the fourth…

69% of U.S. employers plan to tweak benefits programs amid tight labour market: survey

More than two-thirds (69 per cent) of U.S. employers plan to differentiate and customize their benefits programs over the next two years, according to a…

  • By: Staff
  • September 17, 2021 September 17, 2021
  • 09:00

Health benefits claims paid out to support mental health rose 24% in 2020: CLHIA

Canadian insurers paid out more than $97 billion in benefits from life and health insurance products in 2020, according to the Canadian Life and Health…

  • By: Staff
  • September 15, 2021 September 15, 2021
  • 09:00

Conservatives’ proposed mental-health tax credit step in right direction: experts

If elected, the Conservative Party is promising to help employers prioritize mental health in the workplace. As part of its election platform, the Conservative Party…

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54% of Canadian employers adopting hybrid work, meeting employee expectations: survey

With 57 per cent of Canadian employees expecting flexible working arrangements to continue post-coronavirus pandemic, 54 per cent of Canadian employers are adopting a hybrid…

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • September 13, 2021 September 10, 2021
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Ontario extending paid sick leave program until end of 2021

Ontario is extending a temporary paid sick leave program for workers until the end of this year. Labour Minister Monte McNaughton announced that the coronavirus pandemic…

Employers prioritizing mental health, permanent hybrid work 1.5 years into pandemic

It’s 18 months this week since a global coronavirus pandemic was first declared and employers are applying many hard lessons learned as Canadian organizations and…

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • September 10, 2021 September 9, 2021
  • 09:00
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Liberals promising to protect employers mandating coronavirus vaccines

Amid the ongoing federal election campaign, the Liberal Party is promising to table legislation that would allow employers to request proof of a coronavirus vaccination…

  • By: Staff
  • September 9, 2021 September 9, 2021
  • 15:00

Which employers are finalists in the 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards?

Benefits Canada is pleased to announce the finalists of the 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards. This year’s entry and judging process took place during the second year of the coronavirus…

  • By: Staff
  • September 7, 2021 October 15, 2021
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How Accenture’s supporting working parents as third pandemic-era school year kicks off

While kids across the country are heading to school in-person this week, it’s far from the return to normal working parents had been hoping for.…

What can employers do if workers won’t get coronavirus vaccine?

Air Canada’s recent decision not to offer rapid testing as an alternative for employees who refuse to be vaccinated against the coronavirus sets a tough new…

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Ontario optometrists’ services withdrawal may cause ‘trickle-down effect’ for benefits plans: consultant

While the withdrawal of provincially-insured eye services by Ontario optometrists is unlikely to have a direct impact on benefits plans, it could cause a “trickle-down…

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North American employees switching employers for better pay, benefits: survey

More than half (53 per cent) of Canadian job seekers are looking for better pay and benefits, according to a new survey by data intelligence…

  • By: Staff
  • September 2, 2021 September 2, 2021
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