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PepsiCo Canada is baking flexibility into its retirement savings benefits to support employees’ financial security amid the rising cost of living. To help employees reach their retirement savings goal, the food and beverage company is matching employees’ bonuses up to 3.5 per cent, with the employer contribution automatically directed into their defined contribution pension plan. […]


More than 40 years after Ted Benna conceived of what’s now known as the modern defined contribution pension plan structure, the so-called ‘father of the 401(k)’ is still trying to create a retirement savings plan that’s accessible for employees at all income levels. While working at Johnson Cos. in September 1979, Benna found a way […]


A story on how Organon Canada is supporting women employees at every stage of their career was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com. Here are the top five human resources, benefits, pension and investment stories of the past week: 1. Organon launching initiative to support women’s career, health journey in the workplace 2. Survey finds 38% of Canadian employees […]

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  • April 19, 2024 April 18, 2024
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After closing its defined benefit pension plan nearly two decades ago and replacing it with a less riskier defined contribution plan, International Business Machines Corp. is launching a new retirement benefit account that allows its U.S. employees to have the best of both worlds. Last week, the company ceased its 401(k) matching and one per […]

Two-fifths (41 per cent) of U.S. employees are cashing out their 401(k) plan savings when they leave a job, with 85 per cent draining their entire accounts, according to a new report by the University of British Columbia, Texas State University and the University of Colorado Boulder. The report, which analyzed data from more than […]

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  • July 27, 2023 November 20, 2023
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More than half (54 per cent) of employees without a workplace retirement savings plan — including 77 per cent of millennials — say they’d participate in an employer-sponsored plan if it offered emergency savings features, according to a new survey by Natixis Investment Managers. The survey, which polled more than 700 U.S. employees, also found nearly three-quarters […]

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  • April 24, 2023 April 21, 2023
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The union representing employees at Ontario-based flooring company Gesco Ltd. Partnership has ratified a three-year collective agreement that includes retirement and paid leave gains. The company will now match all regular employees’ contributions to the group registered retirement savings plan to a maximum of four per cent of their basic annual earnings. The agreement also […]

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  • March 27, 2023 March 24, 2023
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Nearly all (98 per cent) U.S. employees believe it’s important for their employer to provide a retirement savings plan, according to a new survey by Vestwell Inc. The survey, which polled roughly 1,300 employees and 250 employers, found nearly three-quarters (72 per cent) of employees said they expect employers to offer a 401(k) or 403(b) […]

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  • February 23, 2023 February 22, 2023
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A new U.S. law that aims to strengthen retirement support for workers holds valuable lessons for Canada’s retirement system, says one pension consultant. The Secure 2.0 Act of 2022, which was signed into law in December, contains several provisions to enhance the U.S. retirement system and boost retirement savings, including a requirement for plan sponsors to […]

While defined contribution pension plans currently outnumber defined benefit pension plans, this wasn’t always the case, recalls Bita Jenab, a principal at RetirementWorks Services Inc. DC plans began to gain popularity in the mid-1980s, due to a combination of legislative and economic changes, she adds. “This period marks the introduction of pension accounting rules under […]