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With employees often struggling to find benefits offerings related to mental-health support or chronic conditions, demand for health-care system navigation services has increased significantly in the past few years. In May 2023, the Bank of Montreal launched a digital mental-health navigation guide, available to employees in both Canada and the U.S., that streamlines access to […]

While women are increasingly becoming primary income earners, few women manage their own finances as they near retirement, said Elisha Ribeiro, national sales director for integrated and group retirement services at the Canada Life Assurance Co. (pictured right), during a session at Benefits Canada’s 2024 Defined Contribution Plan Summit in February. “In our 20s, there […]

More than two-thirds (68 per cent) of working mothers are concerned about losing the level of flexibility they have at work in 2024, according to a new survey by Robert Half Canada Inc. Over the last 24 months, more companies have mandated employees to work onsite more frequently and that’s a big concern for working parents, […]

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While remote and hybrid working arrangements have revolutionized the modern workplace, they’re also fuelling unrealistic expectations for office communications, leading to what some have coined the ‘Great Exhaustion.’ In the pre-coronavirus pandemic office environment, employees understood that it would take a couple of days for colleagues to respond to an email or phone request, says Janet […]


After her husband Mike Kessler was diagnosed with mild Alzheimer’s disease in 2021, Karen Kessler admitted she would hover around him. The Windsor, Ont. couple implemented many strategies in place to manage Mike’s diagnosis, and Karen remembers believing he would need plenty of help. “I was doing everything, I was carrying the load, and quite […]

Nearly two-thirds (65 per cent) of women say inadequate compensation increases is their biggest concern in 2024, according to a new survey by Robert Half Canada Inc. The survey, which polled more than 760 workers, also found three-quarters (75 per cent) of women cited wider economic changes as a major concern. It’s important for employers […]

In 2023, women took 69 per cent of all leaves of absence related to mental health in North America, according to a new report by ComPsych Corp. The report, which analyzed data from more than 5,700 employers in Canada and the U.S., found 33 per cent of mental-health leaves were taken by millennial women, followed by […]

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  • March 8, 2024 March 8, 2024
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Employers can support sandwich generation caregivers by providing extensive well-being benefits, flexibility and leadership training, says Michael Mousseau, national well-being practice leader at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Sandwich generation caregivers are people, typically middle-aged individuals, who find themselves tasked with taking care of their children while also looking after their parents or older family members. […]

Employers have the opportunity to create a more inclusive workplace by focusing on diversity, equity and inclusion as employees return to the office. The shift to remote working during the coronavirus pandemic presented employers an opportunity to reassess what, where and how work gets done, says Stephanie Braid, the director of inclusion, diversity and equity at KPMG […]

Half (51 per cent) of plan members say the coverage levels of at least one of their health benefits limit their ability to seek necessary treatment, jumping to 84 per cent among those with a major injury in the past 12 months, according to the 2023 Benefits Canada Healthcare Survey. It found this percentage increased […]

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  • September 22, 2023 September 21, 2023
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