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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…

Amazon open to more remote work post-pandemic

Amazon.com Inc. is allowing many technology and corporate employees to continue working remotely indefinitely, as long as they can commute to the office when necessary.…

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…

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  • October 15, 2021 October 15, 2021
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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…

Helping employees understand the benefits of delaying CPP/QPP

The old adage “good things come to those who wait” is especially true of Canada and Quebec Pension Plan benefits. A $1,000 monthly CPP/QPP benefit…

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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Institutional investors teaming up to promote net-zero economy

Canadian pension funds are among the institutional investors participating in Climate Engagement Canada, a new initiative to promote a net-zero economy. The initiative, which is…

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  • October 14, 2021 October 14, 2021
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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…

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  • October 13, 2021 October 13, 2021
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Institutional investors emphasizing ESG factors amid pandemic, finds survey

While 72 per cent of institutional investors are currently integrating environmental, social and governance factors into their investment strategies, 29 per cent are placing greater…

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  • October 13, 2021 October 13, 2021
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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…

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  • October 13, 2021 October 13, 2021
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Majority of U.S. employers implementing DEI initiatives in 2021: survey

More than eight in 10 (83 per cent) U.S. organizations are implementing diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in 2021, according to a new survey by…

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  • October 13, 2021 October 13, 2021
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Caisse investing in crypto lending platform, aligning corporate lending program with ESG performance

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is entering the digital currency sector by joining a US$400 million investment round for a cryptocurrency earning…

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  • October 12, 2021 October 12, 2021
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Canadian employees prioritizing benefits programs over pay: survey

Employees are prioritizing workplace benefits plans amid an increasingly competitive job market, according to a new Ipsos survey for RBC Insurance Inc. The survey, conducted…

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  • October 12, 2021 October 12, 2021
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Collective DC pension plan designs offer benefits to sponsors, members: report

Collective defined contribution pension plans could begin to replace DC plans, just as DC plans have replaced the majority of defined benefit plans in recent…

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  • October 8, 2021 October 8, 2021
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Top 5 HR, pension and benefits stories of the week

With many employers currently planning where employees will work post-coronavirus pandemic, our story on the Royal Bank of Canada’s hybrid work model piqued the interest…

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  • October 8, 2021 October 8, 2021
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How employers can support staff well-being on World Mental Health Day and beyond

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, mental health was viewed as a workplace challenge waiting in the wings, but it’s moving to centre stage for many…

More Canadian employers topping up maternity leave benefits than parental leave benefits: survey

While more than half (58 per cent) of Canadian employers provide top-up pay for maternity leave benefits, just 33 per cent offer top-ups for parental…

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  • October 7, 2021 October 7, 2021
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Caisse launches services for mid-sized companies, CPPIB introduces carbon credit program

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is launching a suite of financing solutions and support services designed to appeal to Quebec’s mid-market companies.…

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  • October 7, 2021 October 7, 2021
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Public servants facing unpaid leave if not vaccinated by Oct. 29

The core public service, as well as air travel and rail employees, must all be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus by Oct. 29, according to…

Employers offering retirement benefits seeing stronger staff productivity: survey

Nearly half (44 per cent) of employers that offer retirement benefits said employee productivity has been better than normal over the past year, compared to…

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  • October 7, 2021 October 7, 2021
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Ontario Teachers’ appointing Kathryn Fric as chief risk officer

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is appointing Kathryn Fric (pictured) as its next chief risk officer, effective Nov. 1. Fric will report to Jo Taylor,…

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  • October 7, 2021 October 7, 2021
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Canadian DB pension plan returns dip, balance sheets stable in September: report

The typical Canadian defined benefit pension plan deteriorated on a solvency basis but improved on an accountancy basis in September, according to a new report…