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A look at the link between mental health and gut health

A look at the link between mental health and gut health

The mental-health impacts of isolation and quarantine are clear, but Canadians may not realize loneliness can also harm their physical health, said Diane McIntosh, psychiatrist…

Understanding the journey of a patient with depression

Understanding the journey of a patient with depression

Defining depression may seem simple, but it’s actually a complex mental-health disorder that can look different for every person it affects. That’s why a personalized…

  • By: Sonya Felix
  • November 27, 2020 November 27, 2020
  • 07:56
Addressing the role of the workplace in mental-health issues, support

Addressing the role of the workplace in mental-health issues, support

Two-thirds of employees making short- or long-term disability claims cited their workplace or work-related issues as a cause, but despite this only one in three…

Widespread use of AI could spur mental-health challenges

Widespread use of AI could spur mental-health challenges

Technology and artificial intelligence can play important roles in helping to address mental-health issues, but they also have the potential to greatly exacerbate them, according…

Is private and public health care ready for a mental-health tsunami?

Is private and public health care ready for a mental-health tsunami?

While group benefits plans can help employees access essential mental-health support, barriers still exist that keep people from receiving the care they need. And with the…

  • By: Sonya Felix
  • November 27, 2020 November 27, 2020
  • 07:53
Canada’s mental-health care system ripe for a digital makeover

Canada’s mental-health care system ripe for a digital makeover

With the coronavirus pandemic expected to double the demand for mental-health service, digital technology is opening the door to a new normal, with shorter wait times for…

  • By: Sonya Felix
  • November 27, 2020 November 27, 2020
  • 07:52
Co-ordinated treatment plan required to get staff with depression back to work

Co-ordinated treatment plan required to get staff with depression back to work

With depression rapidly becoming the primary reason for workplace impairment and disability claims, it’s important to understand the role work plays in maintaining good health.…

  • By: Sonya Felix
  • November 27, 2020 November 27, 2020
  • 07:51
Employers balancing benefits costs and employee well-being: survey

Employers balancing benefits costs and employee well-being: survey

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, Canadian employers are balancing the need to reduce benefits costs while focusing on employee well-being, according to a new survey by…

  • By: Staff
  • November 25, 2020 November 25, 2020
  • 08:30
Half of employers plan to continue flexible working policies post-pandemic: survey

Half of employers plan to continue flexible working policies post-pandemic: survey

A majority (52 per cent) of human resources managers said they’ll continue with flexible working policies to support their employees’ work-life balance once the coronavirus pandemic…

  • By: Staff
  • November 24, 2020 November 24, 2020
  • 15:30
An employer’s guide to curating a suite of voluntary benefits

An employer’s guide to curating a suite of voluntary benefits

In an art gallery, people often recognize and appreciate the arrangement of the pieces as much as the works of art themselves. When employers offer voluntary…

Most Canadians say employer should offer virtual health care: survey

Most Canadians say employer should offer virtual health care: survey

The majority (70 per cent) of Canadians said they believe virtual health care represents the future, according to a new survey conducted by Environics Research…

  • By: Staff
  • November 20, 2020 November 20, 2020
  • 09:01
Editorial: Consumerism in the world of employee benefits

Editorial: Consumerism in the world of employee benefits

With the coronavirus pandemic forcing us all into social distancing measures for the majority of 2020, one inevitable side-effect is the substantial growth in our…

Head to head: Should employers be responsible for personal protective equipment?

Head to head: Should employers be responsible for personal protective equipment?

While occupational health and safety legislation is clear, the definition of PPE has evolved since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Mark Hancock, National president of…

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