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A fifth (22 per cent) of Canadian benefits plan members report their mental health over the past year was generally poor, more than twice the percentage (11 per cent) who said their overall health was poor, according to the 2022 Benefits Canada Healthcare Survey. The survey, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, found […]

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  • September 22, 2022 September 21, 2022
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With another return to school looming during the coronavirus pandemic, working parents and their families likely feel some concern over how to manage the transition and how it might impact their mental health. About a quarter (27 per cent) of working parents said their dependent children are experiencing anxiety about the future due to the […]

Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc. is highlighting its focus on employee well-being, diversity, equity and inclusion in its annual sustainability report. The report shares the company’s vision and strategies across four pillars including ‘Caring for People.’ For example, after quarterly employee surveys on a wide variety of topics, RBH measures and shares the feedback to […]

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  • August 29, 2022 August 29, 2022
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An article on HSBC Bank Canada’s new benefits offerings was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. HSBC adding coverage for fertility treatments, surrogacy, gender affirmation 2. Employee placed on unpaid leave over mask refusal not entitled to reasonable notice: Alberta court 3. LifeWorks acquiring […]

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  • August 19, 2022 August 19, 2022
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LifeWorks Inc. is acquiring Benestar, an employee assistance program from Australia-based Cover-More Group. In addition to the acquisition, LifeWorks will provide certain EAP services for global clients of Zurich Insurance Group, Cover-More’s parent company, on a non-exclusive basis, according to a press release. Read: Telus acquiring LifeWorks for $2.9 billion “Benestar and LifeWorks are a […]

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  • August 15, 2022 August 16, 2022
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While the latest stage of the coronavirus pandemic is heralding a gradual return to relative calm, plan sponsors are stepping out of the frying pan and into the fire. The pandemic accelerated the ongoing evolution in the relationship between plan sponsors and plan members, with employees now looking to their employers to help them manage […]

3M Canada’s benefits specialist discusses absence management, the ‘Great Resignation’ and rock painting. Q: What new programs or initiatives are you looking to implement? A: We recently launched an absence management platform that serves as a one-stop shop for our leaders to refer employees regarding disability leave and to stay informed on the status of […]

Nearly three-quarters (73 per cent) of employers have increased their communications emphasis on mental-health and behavioural health offerings in the past two years, according to a new survey by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. In addition, the survey found 90 per cent of employers said they offer employee assistance programs, 86 per cent […]

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  • July 27, 2022 July 27, 2022
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Three-fifths (60 per cent) of Canadian employees are considering leaving their job due to factors such as burnout and a lack of alignment with their employer’s values, according to a new survey by Ceridian HCM Inc. The survey, which polled more than 1,000 employees, found among employees looking for a new role, 39 per cent said […]

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  • July 13, 2022 July 13, 2022
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LifeLabs Inc.’s 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards win is helping the company communicate the value of its mental-health support offerings to employees. The organization’s holistic wellness strategy took home the mental-health program award for companies with more than 5,000 employees. When the coronavirus pandemic hit in March 2020, LifeLabs strengthened its mental-health strategy to address employees’ […]