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How can employers support coronavirus long-haulers?

As the phenomenon of coronavirus long-haulers — individuals who display symptoms for months following infection — becomes more prominent amid the ongoing pandemic, plan sponsors…


18% of white-collar jobs in North America permanently remote: report

Roughly a fifth (18 per cent) of all white-collar jobs in North America are now remote positions, according to a new report by Ladders Inc.…

  • By: Staff
  • January 7, 2022 January 7, 2022
  • 15:00

How employers are focusing on right-to-disconnect movement in 2022

During Danish Yusuf’s morning routine, his work phone rarely rings and seldom is there an appointment with his Toronto insurance company staff. The lack of…

Top 5 HR, pension and benefits stories of the week

How the City of Toronto is continuing to support employee mental health in these uncertain times took the top spot over the past week on…

  • By: Staff
  • January 7, 2022 January 7, 2022
  • 09:00

How employers can help parents, students amid return to remote learning

With the Omicron coronavirus variant prompting school closures and a return to remote learning in several provinces, flexibility is key for employers supporting parents of…

Most coronavirus vaccine refusers won’t get federal pandemic benefits: minister

The federal minister in charge of aid to the unemployed says jobless Canadians who refuse to get vaccinated may find themselves blocked from benefits so…

Half of Canadians equate financial wellness with lack of financial stress: survey

Nearly half (47 per cent) of Canadians said that financial wellness means living without financial stress, according to a new survey by the Canadian Imperial Bank…

  • By: Staff
  • January 5, 2022 January 5, 2022
  • 15:00

Liberals eye easing access to maternity, parental leave in EI review: minister

The minister in charge of Canada’s federal social safety net for workers says the government is looking at removing rules that make it difficult for…

U.K. employers encouraging staff to try ‘Veganuary’

U.K. employers are encouraging staff to try a vegan diet for the month of January. More than 75 organizations have signed on to the “Veganuary”…

  • By: Staff
  • January 5, 2022 January 4, 2022
  • 09:00

Canada’s 100 highest-paid CEOs make 191-times the average worker wage: report

Canada’s 100 highest-paid chief executive officers from the S&P/TSX composite index recorded their second best year ever for compensation in 2020 despite the coronavirus pandemic, according…

  • By: Staff
  • January 4, 2022 January 4, 2022
  • 15:00
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Majority of Canadian DB pension solvency ratios above 100 per cent: report

The average solvency ratio of Canadian defined benefit pension plans in Mercer’s database grew by seven per cent in 2021, according to a new report…

2021 a banner year for largest U.S. DB pension plans: report

The largest defined benefit pension plans in the U.S. saw average funded status improve by eight per cent in 2021, according to a new report…

  • By: Staff
  • January 4, 2022 January 4, 2022
  • 09:00

My Take: Hit the gas on commuting benefits, perks

In the opening sequence of the film Office Space, a frustrated cubicle-bound character sits in a traffic jam, looking out of his car window to see…

Expert panel: DB, DC pension predictions for 2022

As a new year dawns, our attention turns to what’s ahead, the following are a few of my predictions for trends in the world of…


How the City of Toronto is supporting employee mental health in 2022 and beyond

While the dawn of 2022 brings hope of the coronavirus pandemic becoming endemic, the year ahead is also filled with many unknowns for both employers…

Ontario government raises minimum wage to $15 per hour

The Ontario government is raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour. “Ontario’s workers deserve a raise and today we’re delivering one,” said Premier Doug…

  • By: Staff
  • January 3, 2022 January 3, 2022
  • 08:45

Sounding Board: Legal issues for employers dealing with coronavirus vaccine exemption requests

Employers have had to navigate many unique legal issues this year, including how to deal with the issue of coronavirus vaccines and employees. One question…

Top 10 HR, benefits, pension and investment stories of 2021

The second year since the onset of the global coronavirus pandemic was a significant one for the human resources, benefits, pension and investment industries, particularly…

Expert panel: Designing a benefits plan for the new world of work in 2022 and beyond

As companies adapt their people strategies for return to the office or for a new remote or hybrid work arrangement, employee retention will be a…

  • By: Kim Siddall
  • December 30, 2021 December 16, 2021
  • 09:00

Top 10 HR stories of 2021

Employers’ top concerns in 2021 included the coronavirus pandemic, vaccination policies, the impact of inflation on salaries, new employment legislation and plans for returning to…

My Take: Closing the retirement savings gap in the BIPOC community

It’s no secret there’s a looming retirement savings gap among Indigenous and racialized Canadian seniors and their white counterparts. Indeed, a June 2021 study by…

Top 10 investment stories of 2021

With Benefits Canada‘s companion publication the Canadian Investment Review integrating into in early 2021, many of the top investment stories of the year include…


My take: Employers can play key role in supporting employees’ estate planning efforts

Ah, the sights and sounds of the holidays: trees and homes covered in lights, meticulously wrapped gifts piling ever higher and radios blaring the same…

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • December 27, 2021 December 17, 2021
  • 09:00

Top 10 benefits stories of 2021

With many employers taking steps to support their employees’ emotional, financial and physical health during the coronavirus pandemic, the top benefits stories on in…

Expert panel: Unclear road ahead for institutional investors in 2022

As has been the case for the past couple of years, we’re ending 2021 with as many questions as answers. On the surface, economic conditions…