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A new survey by Ipsos for the Canadian Cancer Society showed 88 per cent of Canadians support extending the employment insurance sickness benefit to at least 26 weeks from the current 15. The cancer society has long advocated for this measure to ensure people living with cancer have more paid time off of work to […]

  • By: Staff
  • February 25, 2021 February 26, 2021
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Following a pilot program, Unilever Canada Inc. is making its partnership with Maple to provide ongoing, on-demand virtual care to the employees of the consumer-goods company permanent. Unilever implemented the pilot program via the health-care platform in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic last spring in a bid to increase its employees’ peace of […]

  • By: Staff
  • February 24, 2021 February 26, 2021
  • 09:00
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Alberta Health Services is enhancing its employee assistance program with new mental-health resources for members. The new offerings are the result of a partnership between EAP provider Homewood Health Inc. and headversity, a mental-health and resilience platform, according to a press release, which noted the program reaches 250,000 users in Western Canada. Read: Sun Life […]

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  • February 18, 2021 February 18, 2021
  • 09:00

Morneau Shepell Ltd.’s latest mental-health index reveals Canadians’ health and well-being remains relatively unchanged since December’s low of negative 11.8, leading many employees to prioritize their mental and physical health as the coronavirus pandemic persists. Canadians’ mental-health score for January 2021 is negative 11.7, indicating a continued decline in mental health compared to early on […]

  • By: Staff
  • February 18, 2021 February 19, 2021
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B.C. making it easier for employees to make coronavirus compensation claims

A recent change to British Columbia employment law is making it easier for workers to claim compensation related to a coronavirus infection. Last August, B.C. added the coronavirus to its list of occupational illnesses, which means employees who contract the disease and make a claim don’t have to prove it occurred at their workplace if […]

  • By: Staff
  • February 10, 2021 February 10, 2021
  • 09:00
Indigo offering paid leave for staff with coronavirus

Indigo Books & Music Inc. is offering paid sick leave for employees that test positive for coronavirus during an eight-week screening program led by the Ontario Ministry of Health. This includes employees at the company’s distribution centres, retail locations and head office, according to a press release, which noted the retailer hasn’t experienced any transmission […]

  • By: Staff
  • February 9, 2021 February 9, 2021
  • 15:00
Durham Region Police Service rolling out mental-health app for employees

An Ontario police service is providing its employees with a new tool to ensure good mental health. The Durham Region Police Service’s new DRPSupport app compiles the organization’s available mental-health services and programs and will be installed on employees’ smartphones for easy access, according to a press release. Read: Telus Health launching mental-health app for […]

  • By: Staff
  • February 2, 2021 February 2, 2021
  • 15:00
As substance abuse rises amid pandemic, employers can help

While workplaces around the world deal with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many employees are also struggling with the secondary crisis of increased alcohol and drug use. This particular side effect of the pandemic was noted early on. Last July, a poll by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health found 25 per cent of Canadians […]

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • February 2, 2021 February 2, 2021
  • 09:00
Employee off-hours conduct during coronavirus pandemic leading to dismissals

One year ago, hosting a pizza party with co-workers or showing up to work with stomach-bug symptoms were unthinkable in terms of fireable offences. But legal suits based on such incidents are now before the courts as the coronavirus pandemic upends the way managers enforce health mandates and discipline employees. Like politicians and other high-profile […]

CloudMD acquiring EAP provider, health-care navigation platform and a digital-health company

CloudMD Software & Services Inc. is beefing up its offerings via the recent acquisitions of HumanaCare Organizational Resources Inc., Medical Confidence Inc. and Aspiria Corp. The Vancouver virtual health-care company acquired HumanaCare, an integrated, employee assistance services solution providing physical and mental-health support for plan members and their family, earlier this month. Read: HumanaCare re-launches […]

  • By: Staff
  • January 20, 2021 February 23, 2021
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