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Manulife supporting LGBTQ2S+ employees’ mental health, hosting Pride Month events

Manulife Financial Corp. is supporting its LGBTQ2S+ employees during Pride Month and beyond with speaker sessions and ongoing enhancements to its benefits plan. Throughout June,…

More U.S., U.K. employers offering new childcare programs, subsidies amid pandemic: survey

Two-fifths (40 per cent) of U.S. employees and one in five U.K. workers say their employer has introduced new childcare programs or subsidies over the past…

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  • June 27, 2022 June 27, 2022
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Deadline extended for the 2022 Workplace Benefits Awards

Benefits Canada is extending the deadline for entering the 2022 Workplace Benefits Awards to Friday, July 8 at 5 p.m. EST. The annual awards recognize employers and…

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  • June 27, 2022 June 24, 2022
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Majority of North American employees seeking financial wellness benefits, flexible work: survey

Eight in 10 (83 per cent) North American workers are looking for more non-health benefits from their employer, according to a survey by Ceridian HCM…

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  • June 24, 2022 June 24, 2022
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LifeLabs’ 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards win increasing employee awareness of mental-health benefits

LifeLabs Inc.’s 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards win is helping the company communicate the value of its mental-health support offerings to employees. The organization’s holistic wellness…

DuPont Canada introduces gender affirmation, fertility coverage to connect benefits plan with DEI strategy

By introducing gender affirmation and fertility benefits coverage, DuPont Canada is aligning its benefits plan with its multinational diversity, equity and inclusion strategy. It all…

How employers are integrating DEI into their benefits plans

When the Molson Coors Beverage Co. introduced gender affirmation benefits for its Canadian workforce early this year, it was an extension of its diversity, equity…

Q&A with IKEA Canada’s John Williams

IKEA Canada’s leader of equality, diversity and inclusion discusses the company’s equality plan, diversity in leadership and herbal medicine. Q: What top challenges do you…

Fewer plan members making drug claims, but specialty medications increasing average eligible amounts: report

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, fewer Canadian benefits plan members are making drug claims, according to Telus Health’s annual drug trends report. The report, based…

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  • June 23, 2022 June 22, 2022
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Meet the 2022 Workplace Benefits Awards judges

As the 2022 Workplace Benefits Awards’ nomination process draws to a close later this month, Benefits Canada is pleased to announce this year’s panel of…

Unifor, PW Transit agreement includes CAAT DBplus pension membership

The union representing Pacific Western Transit Canada workers in Pemberton, Squamish and Whistler, B.C., has ratified a five-year collective agreement that will see members move…

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  • June 21, 2022 June 20, 2022
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Top 5 HR, benefits and pension stories of the week

An article on the possible surge of disability claims linked to long-haul coronavirus and remote work injuries was the most-read story on over the…

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  • June 17, 2022 June 17, 2022
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Samsung’s 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards win generating discussion, sharing of ideas with peers

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards win is generating discussion and the sharing of ideas with other WBA recipients and nominees, says Merlyn Sequeira,…

2022 BPS coverage: Plan sponsors should be bold with benefits plan design amid ‘Great Resignation’

The ‘Great Resignation’ is ushering in a period of great transformation for employers, the workforce and the workplace of the future, said Charmaine Alexander, senior…

2022 BPS coverage: Medications for inflammatory disease, diabetes account for top eligible drug costs

While medications used for treating inflammatory disease accounted for just 0.7 per cent of claims across Telus Health’s Canadian block of business in 2021, they…

2022 BPS coverage: How employers can combat the rise in musculoskeletal conditions

Employees are experiencing more pain than ever before, with nearly half of the workforce diagnosed with some form of chronic pain lasting more than three…

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Telus acquiring LifeWorks for $2.9 billion

Telus Corp. is acquiring LifeWorks Inc. for a total transaction value of $2.9 billion. The agreement will see Telus purchase the digital health and wellness…

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  • June 16, 2022 June 16, 2022
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Diverse employees less likely to feel they belong at work, despite strong sense of well-being: survey

Employees who identify with three or more dimensions of diversity — such as gender, race or sexuality — have a stronger sense of well-being at…

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  • June 15, 2022 June 15, 2022
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74% of employers say cost is most important part of benefits plan design, review: survey

Three-quarters (74 per cent) of employers cite cost as the most important aspect to consider when designing and reviewing their benefits plans, followed by employee…


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
  • 09:00

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 over the last week. Here are the five most popular…

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  • June 10, 2022 June 9, 2022
  • 09:00

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,…