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People leaders and managers have an important role to play in the well-being of their team members, said Carmen Bellows, registered psychologist and director of mental health solutions at Sun Life Financial Inc., during a session at Benefits Canada’s 2024 Mental Health Summit in June.  “[They can] recognize when mental health might be impacting someone, […]

While disability management poses many challenges to plan sponsors, rehabilitation consultants can address many of these hurdles, said Francis Marois, manager of the rehabilitation team at iA Financial Group, during a session at Benefits Canada’s 2024 Vancouver Benefits Summit in May.   Plan sponsors often don’t communicate with an employee on leave to ensure they […]

Based on multiple studies, it’s estimated that roughly 15 to 20 per cent of the global population is neurodivergent, an umbrella term that includes autism, dyslexia, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and Tourette’s syndrome. With a significant portion of employees identifying as neurodiverse, organizations that aren’t tapping into this talent pool could struggle to remain competitive, says […]

While menopause impacts more than half of the workforce, there’s a critical lack of support in the workplace for women employees experiencing health issues related to menopause, according to a new report by McLean & Co. Menopause is a natural stage of life with symptoms that can vary greatly, including emotional symptoms like anxiety and […]

  • By: Staff
  • May 2, 2024 May 1, 2024
  • 09:00
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Amid a wave of frank and open discussions about women’s health, more plan sponsors are beginning to review their benefits and human resources policies with an eye to providing better support. It’s something that a group of health-care experts, speaking during a panel discussion at Benefits Canada’s 2024 Chronic Disease at Work conference in February, […]


Employees with pulmonary arterial hypertension can experience significant impacts to their quality of life and workplace experience, said John Granton, a respirologist with the University Health Network in Toronto, during a session at Benefits Canada’s 2024 Chronic Disease at Work conference in February. Pulmonary arterial hypertension is a very rare condition, affecting less than 10,000 Canadians. It’s […]


With the increased availability of treatments for inflammatory bowel disease, patients can achieve longer periods of remission, said Vipul Jairath, a gastroenterologist at the London Health Sciences Centre and professor of medicine at Western University, during Benefits Canada’s 2024 Chronic Disease at Work conference in February. IBD involves an underlying pathological process that creates inflammation […]

With hybrid and remote working arrangements becoming increasingly common, employers can take an inclusive approach to help employees with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder feel more engaged and productive, says Dr. Marie-Hélène Geoffroy, a family medicine physician at the Cleveland Clinic Canada. “ADHD needs structure and remote working requires individuals to manage their own schedule and tasks, […]

In the face of soaring mental health-related disability leaves and broader challenges with access to mental-health care, integrated disability management programs that include early intervention, accommodations and return-to-work supports can help shorten leave durations.  “Having an effective disability management program not only prevents and mitigates the impact of disability leaves on an organization, but it […]

Long before the coronavirus pandemic upended the workplace and impacted absence and disability management, employers have been rethinking these programs by taking a proactive approach. Lululemon Athletica Inc.’s accommodations program supports employee financial well-being and building employer trust by allowing employees to continue working as much as possible, said Jared Fu (pictured right), the apparel […]

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • November 20, 2023 November 30, 2023
  • 07:53