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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 the best value. “Obviously, this is good because such offers provide more treatments for employees and their families that can help get them back to the workplace sooner rather than […]

While renovation shows on television tend to take a sledgehammer to every surface in a house for dramatic effect, there’s another way. Defined contribution pension plans don’t need to be completely gutted to stay current. Something akin to painting an accent wall, like tweaking contribution rates, can be just as effective and way more cost-effective. […]

The selection of a target-date fund glide path is more crucial than ever as the migration from DB to DC pension plans continues Since its formation in the mid-1990s as an optional alternative to the company’s longstanding defined benefit offerings, the DC plan has amassed more than $1.5 billion in total assets as members gradually […]

Any return to the workplace, whether it’s after a medical or parental leave  — or say, following a global pandemic — requires consideration and care to ensure the psychological health and safety of employees. Every back-to-workplace plan, regardless of the context, should be developed in partnership with each individual employee and driven by their physical […]

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The Royal Bank of Canada is applying the lessons it learned during the coronavirus pandemic to develop a hybrid work model for a wide range of employees and departments. “When we were all forced to work remotely in the spring of 2020, we realized we can do this and still get our work done,” says Lauren […]

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With 57 per cent of Canadian employees expecting flexible working arrangements to continue post-coronavirus pandemic, 54 per cent of Canadian employers are adopting a hybrid working arrangement, according to a new survey by Mercer Canada. The survey found 61 per cent of employees said they prefer to work from home and, currently, 77 per cent […]

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • September 13, 2021 September 10, 2021
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More than half (60 per cent) of employees said their employer is communicating a return-to-workplace strategy, according to a new survey by Maru Public Opinion for ADP Canada Co. Of the working Canadians who said they’ve received a plan, more than half (53 per cent) are already back in the office. An additional 29 per […]

  • By: Staff
  • August 30, 2021 August 26, 2021
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When the fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic started to intensify in Canada, Toronto-based tech company Staffy decided it was time to implement a vaccination mandate. The company, which provides an on-demand workforce platform for the health-care and hospitality sector, made it mandatory for their 20 corporate staff to be vaccinated. They also made vaccinations […]

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A majority (79 per cent) of employees in hybrid work arrangements said they have strong connections with their teammates and colleagues, compared to 70 per cent of onsite workers and 64 per cent of remote employees, according to a new survey by ADP Inc. The survey of more than 9,000 U.S. employees found these connections […]

  • By: Staff
  • August 19, 2021 August 19, 2021
  • 13:00
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Twitter Inc. is among the latest employers enacting a coronavirus vaccination policy for employees. In an emailed statement to Benefits Canada, the social media company said anyone who wishes to return to its North American offices must be vaccinated and show proof. In May 2020, the company announced it would allow employees to continue working […]