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Close to half (45 per cent) of Canadians say the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has negatively impacted their mental health, according to LifeWorks Inc.’s latest mental-health index. Although Canadians’ overall mental-health score increased to negative 10 in April from negative 10.5 in March, respondents reported lower scores in terms of work productivity (negative 11.5 from negative […]

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  • May 25, 2022 May 25, 2022
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Cisco Systems Inc. is exploring shifting a percentage of its Canadian employees’ bonuses into their base pay to help staff contend with the impacts of inflation. The company’s decision comes as workers across the world are finding their paycheques aren’t going as far as they used to amid higher costs of living as a result […]

Twitter Inc.’s head of total rewards discusses personalized offerings, the benefits of an employee learning allowance and travelling post-pandemic. Q: What top challenges do you face in your role? A: Remaining competitive for talent is top of mind these days. Post-pandemic, employees and potential talent consider their quality of life and personal fulfillment as important […]

Roughly two-fifths (37 per cent) of U.S. employers are increasing the quality of their existing benefits offerings to help with employee retention and attraction efforts, according to a survey by Principal Financial Services Inc. The survey, which polled 500 employers and 200 employees, found the top three enhanced benefits are short- and long-term disability insurance, […]

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  • May 10, 2022 May 10, 2022
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The Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association is calling on the U.S. government to develop flexible emergency savings solutions for employees. The Washington, D.C.-based organization is among 38 signatories calling for the creation of a national financial inclusion strategy. The strategy should reflect several key principles, including automatic enrolment in workplace emergency savings plans that are […]

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  • May 6, 2022 May 6, 2022
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Does your organization’s benefits plan or financial wellness program deserve recognition? Are you leading the way when it comes to supporting your employees’ mental health? Is your company implementing award-worthy diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives? Benefits Canada’s annual Workplace Benefits Awards is officially open for nominations. Submit your entries here. As in previous years, the 2022 awards will […]

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  • April 29, 2022 April 29, 2022
  • 09:05

The economic impact of the pandemic has been unevenly distributed across various industries, with travel and transportation among the hardest-hit sectors. However, while travel restrictions and subsequent employee layoffs in these industries made headlines throughout 2020 and 2021, the pension plans provided by these employers have largely weathered any economic fallout. The impact on air […]

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While 84 per cent of U.S. employees believe their employer should be responsible for their financial well-being, only 55 per cent feel their company is concerned about their financial wellness, according to a new survey by SoFi at Work and Workplace Intelligence. The survey, which polled 800 full-time employees and 800 human resources leaders, found three-quarters (75 […]

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  • April 4, 2022 April 4, 2022
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The Ontario Liberals’ election promise of portable drug, dental and mental-health services was the most read article over the past week on BenefitsCanada.com. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. Ontario Liberals promising portable drug, dental and mental-health services 2. Employees rank remote work, salary as top elements of benefits packages: survey 3. Employers pausing […]

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  • April 1, 2022 April 1, 2022
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While many employees say they’re open to using employer-provided financial wellness assistance, some are hesitant, citing lack of trust and a need for employers to be transparent, according to a new study by the U.S.-based Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association. The DCIIA’s Retirement Research Center, which conducted focus groups that explored low- and moderate-income workers’ […]

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  • March 28, 2022 March 28, 2022
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