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Benefits Alliance Group appointing Mike Macoun new president

Benefits Alliance Group appointing Mike Macoun new president

Mike Macoun joined the Benefits Alliance Group as the organization’s new president earlier this month. He brings nearly seven years of experience in the employee…

  • By: Staff
  • January 12, 2021 February 16, 2021
  • 09:00
Feds changing sick-leave benefit amid non-essential travel uproar

Feds changing sick-leave benefit amid non-essential travel uproar

The Canada Revenue Agency is tweaking the requirements for three federal benefits following an uproar over the possibility of Canadians applying for the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit after ignoring…

Employers requiring coronavirus vaccinations must consider human rights, privacy

Employers requiring coronavirus vaccinations must consider human rights, privacy

With coronavirus vaccines rolling out across Canada, employers must consider the privacy and human rights implications of requiring vaccinations for their teams, says Shaun Parker,…

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • January 11, 2021 January 11, 2021
  • 09:00
Health Canada delaying drug pricing reforms until July

Health Canada delaying drug pricing reforms until July

Health Canada says it’s delaying the implementation of long-awaited changes to Canada’s drug-pricing regime by another six months. A spokesman for the department, says the amendments…

New federal employment equity, safety legislation taking effect

New federal employment equity, safety legislation taking effect

A series of legislative changes to Canada’s labour code aiming to make workplaces healthier, safer and fairer took effect as of Jan. 1, 2021. The…

  • By: Staff
  • January 5, 2021 January 5, 2021
  • 09:00
Sun Life piloting virtual mental-health coach

Sun Life piloting virtual mental-health coach

Sun Life Canada is launching a new virtual mental-health coach for plan members that taps into the power of predictive analytics. The virtual coach will launch in the first…

How plan sponsors can contain rising drug costs in 2021

How plan sponsors can contain rising drug costs in 2021

With drug costs for plan sponsors steadily rising in recent years, keeping budgets down is top of mind as they plan for 2021. “The biggest concern…

  • By: Staff
  • December 18, 2020 December 18, 2020
  • 09:03
Editorial: Looking back — and ahead — in an unprecedented year

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

As we approach the end of a truly challenging year with more uncertainty on the horizon for 2021, people all over the globe are adjusting…

How Accenture is supporting working parents amid the coronavirus crisis

How Accenture is supporting working parents amid the coronavirus crisis

While professional services company Accenture has long been supportive of its working parents, it introduced a new backup childcare program in 2020 to help employees…

2020 CAP Suppliers Report: Stretching into the financial wellness space

2020 CAP Suppliers Report: Stretching into the financial wellness space

In the old days, employers would often gather employees in a dusty conference room and pass around a box of Timbits while talking at a…

  • December 18, 2020 January 30, 2021
  • 08:56
A legislative update on provincial biosimilar policies

A legislative update on provincial biosimilar policies

When the City of Toronto switched benefits plan insurers in 2017, it changed its coverage for biologics and biosimilars. Under its previous plan, the City…

Why you should hire a chief positivity officer

Why you should hire a chief positivity officer

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the Town of Newmarket is prioritizing the well-being of its staff and its community by creating a new…

Q & A with Aramark Canada’s Eva Tentere de Metz

Q & A with Aramark Canada’s Eva Tentere de Metz

Aramark Canada Ltd.’s director of total rewards talks balancing total rewards priorities, employee assistance programs and children’s psychological development. Q. What top challenges do you…

Feds supporting B.C. workplace violence-, harassment-prevention training program

The federal government, the B.C. Maritime Employers Association and its partners, the Warehouse Union Canada, and the Ending Violence Association of B.C., are launching a comprehensive…

  • By: Staff
  • February 11, 2021 February 11, 2021
  • 09:00

B.C. making it easier for employees to make coronavirus compensation claims

A recent change to British Columbia employment law is making it easier for workers to claim compensation related to a coronavirus infection. Last August, B.C.…

  • By: Staff
  • February 10, 2021 February 10, 2021
  • 09:00

Federal employers shouldn’t change employment entitlements during notice period: court

A recent decision from the Ontario Superior Court suggests that federally-regulated employers will be held to the same strict rules as their provincial counterparts in…

To achieve DEI goals, plan sponsors can start by reviewing benefits plans

After a turbulent 2020 brought with it the coronavirus pandemic and a global call for social justice, companies prioritizing diversity, equity and inclusion in its…

Alberta’s public-sector pension plans reassuring members amid worry over ministerial order

Alberta’s public-sector pension plans are reassuring members that their pensions are safe, following a recent ministerial order enacted by the provincial government. The order was…

  • By: Staff
  • January 20, 2021 January 20, 2021
  • 15:00

Citigroup stretching into virtual fitness programming amid pandemic

This time of year, Citigroup Inc.’s fitness centre would likely usually be packed with New Year’s resolutioners working out and catching up with colleagues.  Not…

Majority of Canadians support extending EI sickness benefit to at least 26 weeks: survey

A new survey by Ipsos for the Canadian Cancer Society showed 88 per cent of Canadians support extending the employment insurance sickness benefit to at…

  • By: Staff
  • February 25, 2021 February 26, 2021
  • 09:00

Uber drivers classified as workers, given benefits in landmark U.K. ruling

Uber drivers in Britain should be classed as “workers” and not self-employed, the U.K. Supreme Court ruled Feb. 19, in a decision that threatens the company’s…

Alyssa Hodder joining International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans

The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans has appointed Alyssa Hodder as director of education and outreach for Canada. In the new role, she’ll be…

  • December 10, 2020 January 23, 2021
  • 19:13