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A story on how plan sponsors and insurers are considering covering weight-loss drugs as part of a broader push towards more inclusive benefits was the most-read benefits story on BenefitsCanada.com this year. Here are the 10 most popular benefits news stories of the year: 1. How plan sponsors, insurers are considering coverage of weight-loss drugs amid rising […]

  • By: Staff
  • December 19, 2023 December 18, 2023
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With the end of the year approaching, some employers and health practitioners may feel the need to tell employees to use up their benefits, but Rob Van De Cappelle, national benefits consultant at Cowan Insurance Group, cautions against this approach. “I tell employers and employees the benefits plan is there to keep you healthy and […]

  • By: Sadie Janes
  • December 19, 2023 December 19, 2023
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More than half (58 per cent) of global insurers say they anticipate higher health benefits costs over the next three years, with the average global cost trend projected to increase by 9.9 per cent in 2024, according to a new survey by WTW. The survey, which polled more than 260 insurers representing 66 countries, found […]

  • By: Staff
  • December 6, 2023 December 5, 2023
  • 09:00

The average per-employee cost of U.S. employer-sponsored health benefits has risen by 5.2 per cent in 2023 to reach US$15,797, according to a new survey by Mercer. The survey, which polled more than 1,900 U.S. employers, found cost increases were highest for employers with 50 to 499 employees (7.8 per cent on average) and these […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 29, 2023 November 28, 2023
  • 09:00

TD Synnex Canada is modernizing its employee benefits plan by getting the best value for money while still protecting employees from a mental-health and well-being perspective, according to Shana Kapustin, the global information technology company’s senior director of human resources, speaking during an event hosted last week by the Group Insurance and Pharmaceutical Committee. “We’ve gone […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 6, 2023 November 9, 2023
  • 09:00
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More than two-thirds (69 per cent) of U.S. employers say they’re focused on managing health-care plan costs, following a projected cost increase of 6.4 per cent in 2024, according to a new survey by WTW. The survey, which polled more than 450 U.S. employers, found 63 per cent said they’re focused on enhancing mental-health and […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 25, 2023 October 24, 2023
  • 09:00
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An article on how flexible dress codes can support diversity, equity and inclusion was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. How flexible dress codes can support DEI amid post-pandemic return to office 2. With Ford, GM employees set to join CAAT’s DBplus pension, what’s […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 20, 2023 October 19, 2023
  • 09:00
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An article on how employers can support workers’ savings amid the rising cost of living was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. Employers play crucial role in supporting employees’ savings amid rising cost of living: expert 2. Average cost of employer-sponsored health benefits expected […]

  • October 6, 2023 October 5, 2023
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Amid a challenging labour market, Canadian employers say attraction (64 per cent) and retention (57 per cent) are the top challenges impacting total rewards decisions, according to a new survey by Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. The survey, which polled more than 500 employers, found just a third (29 per cent) were concerned about benefits […]

The majority (80 per cent) of Canadian employees say they consider a small- and medium-sized employer’s health benefits before accepting a new role and 73 per cent of SME workers with a benefits plan say they’d stay with their current employer even if they were offered more money elsewhere, according to a new survey by Blue Cross […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 5, 2023 October 6, 2023
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