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While only 15 per cent of surveyed working Canadians listed wellness programs among their top three factors for successful remote work, the figure is almost double (28 per cent) among generation Z respondents, according to a survey for Randstad Canada by Ipsos. And though there’s been a lot of talk about the importance of employee […]

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  • June 21, 2021 June 21, 2021
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U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration is suing to block the merger of two of the world’s largest insurance brokers, asserting the deal could eliminate competition, raise prices and hamper innovation for American businesses, employers and unions that use the companies’ services. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the antitrust suit filed in federal […]

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Group Health Group Holdings Inc. is acquiring a 75 per cent stake in Canadian Benefits Investment & Insurance Group Inc., a British Columbia-based provider of group benefits and wealth management services. The transaction will see GroupHEALTH expand its sales and service presence in Western Canada, according to a press release, which noted the acquisition includes […]

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  • June 14, 2021 June 14, 2021
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When Mercer Canada recently partnered with a vendor on an employee well-being initiative, the human resources team noticed the images included in the materials reflected a stereotypical idea of the traditional family — a heterosexual couple with two children, all Caucasian. “It wasn’t reflective of our population,” says Julie Duchesne, Mercer’s health business leader in […]

Recognition in not one, but two categories at Benefits Canada‘s 2020 Workplace Benefits Awards is helping get the word out to Scotiabank employees that the bank is a leading employer when it comes to benefits offerings, says Ayman Alvi, director of global benefits. Read: Who are the winners of the 2020 Workplace Benefits Awards? “We participated in the Workplace […]

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Canadians’ health priorities are shifting as the coronavirus pandemic drags on, as claims for medications to treat mental-health conditions continued to rise in 2020, along with claims for specialty drugs designed to treat rarer, yet increasingly chronic diseases, according to Telus Health’s annual drug trends report. There were noticeable shifts in the utilization of mental-health […]

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Aon is selling its U.S. retirement business to Aquiline Capital Partners and its retiree health exchange business to Alight Solutions for a total of US$1.4 billion. The sales are intended to address questions raised by the U.S. Department of Justice ahead of the pending merger of Aon and Willis Towers Watson, according to a press […]

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  • June 8, 2021 June 8, 2021
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With the majority of PCL Construction Ltd.’s workforce continuing to work at its Canada-wide job sites and offices throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the organization’s decisions around its health benefits and pension plan have been to keep rolling. Speaking during a Q&A session to close out Benefits Canada‘s 2021 Benefits & Pension Summit on May 19, […]

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Canadian employees with ongoing health challenges have faced unique challenges during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new survey by RBC Insurance. Among employees with a chronic health condition, 63 per cent said the inability to visit a doctor or clinic during the pandemic negatively impacted their health, compared to 47 per cent of those without […]

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  • June 3, 2021 June 4, 2021
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By integrating their benefits and pension plans, employers can fulfill their plan objectives while creating a better experience for plan members, said Christine van Staden, regional vice-president of group customer and national accounts at Canada Life Assurance Co., during Benefits Canada’s 2021 Benefits & Pension Summit. “This is a trend we’re seeing more of in […]