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Unilever awarded for holistic approach to supporting employees amid pandemic

Unilever Canada’s holistic approach to supporting employees’ health and well-being throughout the coronavirus pandemic scored the company a win at Benefits Canada’s 2021 Workplace Benefits…

Number of U.S. female employees considering downshifting, leaving careers rising: report

One in three (33 per cent) women in the U.S. said they’ve considered downshifting their careers or leaving the workforce this year, compared to one…

  • By: Staff
  • October 18, 2021 October 18, 2021
  • 09:00

U.S. employers expecting health benefits costs to rise 4.7% in 2022: survey

Employers in the U.S. expect health benefits costs to rise 4.7 per cent on average in 2022 compared to 2021, according to a new survey…

  • By: Staff
  • October 15, 2021 October 15, 2021
  • 15:00

Who are the winners of the 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards?

Benefits Canada is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards. At a virtual roundtable and awards ceremony on Thursday, 23 finalists gathered to discuss their leading benefits and…

  • By: Staff
  • October 15, 2021 October 15, 2021
  • 09:05

Top 5 HR, pension and benefits stories of the week

A look at a survey finding employees are prioritizing workplace benefits plans amid an increasingly competitive job market took the top spot as the most-read story…

  • By: Staff
  • October 15, 2021 October 15, 2021
  • 09:00
Editorial: Looking back — and ahead — in an unprecedented year

Editorial: Chronic disease, mental health in spotlight as pandemic surges on

With the Delta variant leading the coronavirus pandemic in a renewed surge, employers continue to have a surplus of challenges, regardless of whether or not…

How Rolls Royce Canada is reducing drug plan costs while maintaining benefits offering

As innovative medicines become more widely covered in workplace drug plans, employers are tasked with finding new ways to control costs while ensuring members receive…

Employers leveraging benefits, flexibility to prevent pandemic surge in disability claims

During the height of the coronavirus pandemic, the Ottawa Community Housing Corp. battened down the hatches and focused on addressing any absence management issues before…

Supporting employees with chronic conditions amid pandemic-fueled delays to care

As the country began shutting down to focus on beating back the coronavirus at the height of the pandemic in March 2020, people with chronic…

Q&A with SAP Canada’s Megan Smith

SAP Canada Inc.’s vice-president and head of human resources talks embracing flexible working, keeping the “human” in HR and winter sports. Q. What top challenges…

Indigo workers unionizing for enhanced benefits, paid sick days

Employees at several Indigo Books & Music Inc. stores across Canada are unionizing, as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has “highlighted the precarity of retail work in…

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87% of U.S. millennial employees more interested in benefits in 2021: survey

The majority (87 per cent) of U.S. millennial employees are more interested in certain benefits this year, with life insurance (39 per cent) topping the…

  • By: Staff
  • October 13, 2021 October 13, 2021
  • 15:00

Survey finds cost of employer benefits in Canada set to rise 7% in 2022

Employer-provided medical benefits costs in Canada will rise seven per cent in 2022, according to a new survey by Aon. The annual global medical trend…

  • By: Staff
  • October 13, 2021 October 13, 2021
  • 09:00

‘Significant’ wave of terminations coming due to workplace vaccine mandates: lawyer

Canada is facing a potential wave of terminations tied to mandatory workplace vaccine policies as a growing number of employers require workers to be fully…

New study calling on permanent reforms to Canada’s sickness, caregiving leaves

With the coronavirus pandemic exposing gaps in sickness and caregiving leave provisions across Canada, the Institute for Research on Public Policy is calling for permanent…

  • By: Staff
  • October 8, 2021 October 8, 2021
  • 15:00

New paper calls for linking DB pension solvency minimums to plan member age

A new white paper published by the Canadian Institute of Actuaries is proposing new rules during defined benefit plan windups, requiring higher solvency ratios for members…

3M Canada nets health, wellness award for long-term focus

3M Canada’s long-term focus on helping employees “refresh, re-energize and feel well” secured the company a win at Benefits Canada’s 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards on Oct. 14.…

Toronto software company offering 4-day workweek, flexibility to employees

A Toronto-based software developer is offering additional workplace flexibility to employees, leading to increased productivity and growth. Marco Osso, vice-president of employee success at Tulip.io…

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

Hub acquiring Vancouver benefits firm

Hub International Ltd. is acquiring Vancouver’s Rogersworks Inc. Rogersworks is an independent benefits brokerage firm specializing in employee group benefits and association group benefits. John Ash, benefits…

  • By: Staff
  • October 22, 2021 October 21, 2021
  • 09:00

How employers can mark first-ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

A new federal holiday offers new opportunities for Canadian employers to support Indigenous employees this week and beyond, say experts. This Thursday, Sept. 30, is…

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