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While self-management strategies for mental health can empower plan members, plan sponsors also have a role to play in creating a work environment that’s conducive to mental wellness, said Simon Coulombe, professor of industrial relations at Laval University, during a session at Benefits Canada’s 2024 Mental Health Summit in June. “We know part of the […]

People leaders and managers have an important role to play in the well-being of their team members, said Carmen Bellows, registered psychologist and director of mental health solutions at Sun Life Financial Inc., during a session at Benefits Canada’s 2024 Mental Health Summit in June.  “[They can] recognize when mental health might be impacting someone, […]

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People going through the loss of a loved one often worry they’re not grieving in the right way if their experience differs from their and others’ expectations of what grief looks like, said Deborah McLeod, clinical director at Carepath Inc., during Benefits Canada’s 2024 Mental Health Summit in June. Grief is a highly individualized process […]

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Warren Shepell has had a front-row seat for the evolution of how mental health has been treated in the workplace.  Shepell was the pioneer and founder of employee assistance programs in Canada. He launched his first one in 1979 while working as an organizational consultant, after human resources professionals started referring employees struggling with mental-health […]

When the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace was released just over a decade ago by the Mental Health Commission of Canada and the Bureau de normalisation du Quebec, many employers questioned the benefit and effectiveness of the voluntary standard, said Liz Horvath, manager of psychological health and safety at Opening […]

Nearly half (49 per cent) of executive leaders say financial stress often or very often prevents their frontline workers from doing their best work, according to a new survey by Dayforce Inc. The survey, which polled more than 6,900 workers, managers and executives from companies with frontline workers across the globe, found 62 per cent of […]

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  • July 15, 2024 July 15, 2024
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Employers that are considering dropping dental coverage from their benefits plan following the launch of the national dental care program are advised to think twice, says Graham Young, director of employee benefits at Capcorp Financial Corp. The national plan — administered by Health Canada, with support from a third-party benefits administrator — provides dental coverage for uninsured Canadians with […]

The unions representing more than 9,000 Canada Border Services Agency employees have ratified a four-year collective agreement that includes pension and benefits gains. The agreement with, the Public Service Alliance of Canada and the Customs and Immigration Union, includes a pensionable $2,500 one-time, lump-sum payment for all employees upon the date of signing. For members […]

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  • July 12, 2024 July 11, 2024
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A story on how group insurers can help plan sponsors provide adequate coverage and ensure appropriate use of treatments for rare diseases was the most-read article on BenefitsCanada.com this past week. Here are the top five human resources, benefits, pension and investment stories of the last week: 1. Sounding Board: How employers can mitigate cost of […]

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  • July 12, 2024 July 11, 2024
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Three-fifths (60 per cent) of working women believe health issues around menstruation, menopause and reproductive health can affect their career advancement abilities, according to a new report by Sun Life Financial Inc. It found four in 10 working women said they’ve made career-limiting decisions for health-related concerns or to care for their family and 10 […]

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  • July 11, 2024 July 10, 2024
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