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Metro, Teamsters agreement includes enhanced health benefits

The union representing 120 employees at Metro Inc. warehouses in Ottawa has ratified a five-year agreement that includes multiple benefits gains. The agreement includes a…

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  • June 14, 2022 June 13, 2022
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U.S. FTC plans inquiry into pharmacy benefits manager practices

The Federal Trade Commission is launching an inquiry into the operations of pharmacy benefits managers that control access to prescription drugs for millions of Americans.…

Peak Benefits Solutions, Park Place Financial expanding Ontario operations

Peterborough, Ont.’s Peak Benefit Solutions Inc. and companion company Park Place Financial Ltd. are expanding operations in southern Ontario. The companies merged with employee benefits…

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  • June 13, 2022 June 10, 2022
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Top 5 HR, benefits and pension stories of the week

An article on how pension plans are approaching risk management was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five most popular…

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  • June 10, 2022 June 9, 2022
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3M’s 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards-winning programs empowering employees to take stock of their health, wellness

3M Canada’s two 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards wins are empowering employees to take control of their health and wellness journey, says Jacqueline McLennan, the company’s…

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Scotiabank marking Pride Month by increasing LGBTQ2S+ employee representation targets

Scotiabank is marking Pride Month by setting new targets for LGBTQ2S+ representation and connecting employees with volunteering opportunities in a range of communities. Dominic Cole-Morgan,…

A third of U.S. workers believe their employer lacks sufficient commitment to DEI: survey

Roughly a third of U.S. employees believe their employer lacks a sufficient commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, according to a new survey by Buck…

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  • June 7, 2022 June 6, 2022
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Sun Life completes acquisition of U.S. dental benefits provider

Sun Life Financial Inc. has completed its previously announced acquisition of U.S.-based dental benefits provider DentaQuest. DentaQuest is now part of Sun Life’s U.S. business, which…

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  • June 6, 2022 June 6, 2022
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Metro, Unifor agreement includes drug plan for part-time workers

The union representing 225 part-time workers at Metro Inc. warehouses in Etobicoke, Ont. has ratified a three-year agreement that includes multiple benefits gains. Unifor members…

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Preparation, employee wellness initiatives key to workplace stroke prevention

The Heart and Stroke Foundation is marking Stroke Awareness Month by promoting employee preparation and workplace wellness initiatives. Ontario Power Generation is among the employers…

How CIBC is supporting LGBTQ2S+ employees, increasing DEI targets

Enhancements to the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce’s gender affirmation coverage is the latest way the bank is supporting LGBTQ2S+ employees during Pride Month and…

Expert panel: The future of work is flexible, prioritizes employee mental health

Employees everywhere are redefining what work means to them and redrawing their expectations of employers. Mental-health supports and flexible working options are now imperative if…

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Unionized Starbucks employees face hard work of bargaining in drive for better pay, benefits

It’s become a common sight: jubilant Starbucks Corp. workers celebrating after successful votes to unionize at dozens of U.S. stores. But when the celebrations die…

Top 5 HR, benefits and pension stories of the week

An article on how employers can create health benefits and retirement plans for gig workers was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week.…

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  • May 27, 2022 May 26, 2022
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Resolute Forest Products, Unifor agreement includes enhanced health benefits

The union representing 700 employees at Resolute Forest Products has ratified an agreement that includes benefits gains. Unifor members working in Resolute’s paper mills voted…

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Survey finds U.S. employees switching jobs for higher pay, better workplace culture

More than half (59 per cent) of U.S. workers say it would be easy to find a new job and many have taken or plan…

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  • May 26, 2022 May 26, 2022
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Hitachi, Unifor agreement includes DB, DC pension increases, enhanced health benefits

The union representing employees at a Hitachi Construction Truck Manufacturing Ltd. plant in Guelph, Ont. has ratified an agreement that includes pension and benefits gains.…

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  • May 24, 2022 June 22, 2022
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Expert panel: How employers can design health benefits, retirement plans for gig workers

Whether they’re delivering takeout, chauffeuring passengers, or fixing leaky sinks, most gig workers in Canada don’t get benefits. Classified as independent contractors rather than employees,…

Employers adjusting benefits, compensation amid inflation, labour shortage: survey

More than half of Canadian employers have considered adjusting employee rewards and benefits (57 per cent) and salary/wages (55 per cent) to contend with rising…

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  • May 20, 2022 May 20, 2022
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Top 5 HR, benefits and pension stories of the week

A decision by a British Columbia labour arbitrator on how a drug cost-control program violated a collective agreement was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over…

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  • May 20, 2022 May 20, 2022
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Capital One Canada fostering employee well-being through learning, development

Capital One Canada is providing employees with a free subscription to virtual learning platform MasterClass, to further their career development and foster their overall well-being. “Everybody…

U.S. employers enhancing benefits plans with travel coverage for abortion

Many U.S. employers are adding travel coverage for employees travelling for an abortion, amid recent restrictions imposed by several states. Among the employers offering this…

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Cost, time constraints preventing U.S. employees from accessing health benefits: survey

More than half (52 per cent) of U.S. full-time employees said the health benefits offered by their employer are unaffordable and 47 per cent said…

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  • May 17, 2022 May 17, 2022
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Employees facing work-life balance, mental-health challenges amid return to workplace

Last summer, Julio Carmona started the process of weaning himself off a fully remote work schedule by showing up to the office once a week.…

Implementation of drug cost-control program violated collective agreement: arbitrator

A British Columbia labour arbitration decision is providing insight on how a block level implementation of a benefits provider’s drug cost-control program violated a collective…