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Rayaz Khan

The ins and outs of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy one year on

On the heels of the World Health Organization declaring the novel coronavirus a global pandemic on March 11, 2020, Canada's federal government rolled out several…

  • March 30, 2021 April 6, 2021
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Uber case about arbitration clause, not classification of employees

In June, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Uber Technologies Inc. v Heller, dismissing an appeal of a decision by the Ontario…

  • September 8, 2020 November 30, 2020
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A legal update on the government’s CEWS and CERB programs

The COVID-19 pandemic has created many complicated issues for employers. Prudent employers should ensure they're aware of the resources that may be available during this…

  • April 14, 2020 November 11, 2020
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Susan G. Seller

The evolution of pension governance policies

Pension governance policies have been common for many years, at least since the Canadian Association of Pension Supervisory Authorities published its initial guidelines on pension…

  • March 23, 2021 March 30, 2021
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Navigating pension fiduciary duties during coronavirus pandemic

Employers that act as pension plan administrators have statutory fiduciary duties that are defined by the plan documents and by governing pension legislation. While those duties…

  • June 9, 2020 November 26, 2020
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Legal case highlights thorny issue of consent benefits under DB pension plans

An important case around an employer's ability to change its practice in granting consent benefits under a pension plan is winding its way through the courts. The…

  • December 10, 2019 November 30, 2020
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A look ahead at pension legislative changes for 2019

While 2018 ushered in a number of significant changes to Ontario's pension legislation, including a major revamping of the funding rules for defined benefit plans,…

  • December 28, 2018 September 13, 2019
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Jason Malone

Are target benefit pension plans the answer to a secure, sustainable retirement?

More Canadian employers should consider target benefit pension plans for their employees these days. The model is gaining steam. In mid-December, 2020, the Quebec legislator signed…

  • March 16, 2021 March 18, 2021
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Tom Milne

How to communicate the value of a benefits plan to employees

It's often said perception is reality and that's definitely true when it comes to benefits plans. If employees can't easily perceive the value in their…

  • March 9, 2021 March 22, 2021
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Connect to employees through the clutter with short, digital communications

How long is your attention span? Be honest and think back to the last time you received an email about your employee benefits and didn’t…

  • September 1, 2020 November 12, 2020
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Kenneth MacDonald

Think of health-care spending accounts as the duct tape of benefits plans

Any do-it-yourself handyman’s toolbox isn’t complete without a roll a flexible multi-purpose cloth adhesive that has unlimited uses — a.k.a. duct tape. It's been used…

  • February 16, 2021 March 12, 2021
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5 benefits predictions for the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic

In the midst of the most significant socio-economic and health crisis since WWII — and maybe even longer — virtually every aspect of modern society has been…

  • April 28, 2020 November 11, 2020
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Is it time to reconsider drug dispensing fee maximums?

In employee benefits plans, maximums and caps on prescription drug dispensing fees are common cost management features. These features are designed to nudge plan members to…

  • February 11, 2020 November 12, 2020
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Time for more hands-on management of massage therapy benefits?

Most people agree massage offers some therapeutic benefits, such as reduction of muscle tension and pain related to soft tissue strains and injuries. Studies have…

  • May 14, 2019 November 30, 2020
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