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Kenneth MacDonald

Expert Panel: 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 February 18, 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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Jaqui Parchment

How employers can rethink benefits, rewards amid the coronavirus crisis

How employers can rethink benefits, rewards amid the coronavirus crisis

Employee benefits and total rewards planning have always been a critical element of business planning, but never more so than during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.…

  • December 8, 2020 February 4, 2021
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How plan sponsors can make the new normal better than ever

Over the past few months, we’ve all had to deal with the challenges of social distancing and self-isolation. Some people have faced the extra pressure…

  • July 21, 2020 November 12, 2020
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Supporting employees’ workplace health, financial wellness during coronavirus

It’s the only story around these days. COVID-19 — the coronavirus — has broken out all over the world, leading to strain on health-care resources,…

  • March 31, 2020 November 23, 2020
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Improving employee mental-health benefits is good for everyone

Whether it direct or indirect, mental illness affects everyone. Beyond an individual’s personal suffering, which can range from mild to severe, the effects are also felt by…

  • December 3, 2019 November 12, 2020
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Karley Middleton

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…

  • November 24, 2020 February 4, 2021
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Is it time for employers to take a look at voluntary benefits?

Voluntary benefits are the 'choose your own adventure' of the insurance world. For readers who remember and enjoyed those novels, they felt empowered by their…

  • August 18, 2020 November 24, 2020
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The benefits of routine in an unpredictable world

When it comes to living through any stressful and uncertain time, routine is one of the unsung heroes. In a situation like the current coronavirus…

  • May 26, 2020 November 26, 2020
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Paying attention to employees’ holistic well-being as they approach retirement

Retirement is a time in every employee’s life that evokes a number of emotions: anticipation, excitement, fear, stress, anxiety and relief, among others. The positive…

  • April 23, 2019 November 30, 2020
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Linda Lewis-Daly

Five ways managers can build personal resilience amid the pandemic

Five ways managers can build personal resilience amid the pandemic

The second wave of the coronavirus pandemic is currently slamming into regions across Canada, once again testing employers' resilience in the face of mounting challenges.…

  • November 17, 2020 February 5, 2021
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How to energize employees using virtual wellness

There's no question that COVID-19 has disrupted usual work-life routines. The need to work from home, self-isolate and quarantine can have significant impacts on the…

  • June 2, 2020 November 12, 2020
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Tips for a healthy workforce in 2020

Looking ahead to 2020, all indicators point to technology playing a greater role in human resources practices given the rapid advances in artificial intelligence and emerging virtual…

  • December 27, 2019 November 12, 2020
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How workplace fitness can improve employee productivity

No matter the size of a business, nothing affects the bottom line more than declining employee productivity. Employees can be the best and brightest parts of an organization, but…

  • September 10, 2019 November 12, 2020
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Claude Marchessault

Is B.C.’s pension governance structure a ticking time bomb?

Is B.C.’s pension governance structure a ticking time bomb?

For years, a major public sector pension governance time bomb has been hidden in plain sight. But it may be too late to alert the bomb squad;…

  • November 10, 2020 February 5, 2021
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Reports highlight social implications of workplace pensions

A report published by the Canadian Public Pension Leadership Council in February 2019 offers compelling evidence about the broad benefits of workplace pension plans. The report,…

  • April 16, 2019 September 13, 2019
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Governance lessons from B.C.’s public sector pension plans

While retirement income security is top of mind for many Canadians, British Columbia’s public sector pension plans are noteworthy models that can be emulated by sponsors…

  • August 15, 2018 September 13, 2019
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Time to extend public sector pension expertise to other plans

For more than 30 years, Canada’s public sector pension organizations have distinguished themselves by delivering secure, sustainable defined benefit pensions and, in the process, have earned…

  • April 24, 2018 September 13, 2019
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