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While more than half (57 per cent) of U.S. employees said they’re comfortable about returning to the workplace, more than a third (40 per cent) still aren’t ready to head back, according to a new survey by data intelligence company Morning Consult. The survey, which polled around 400 U.S. employees who’d usually work from an […]

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  • January 21, 2022 January 20, 2022
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The shift to hybrid and remote work models during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is one of several issues impacting pension plan and group benefits administrators in 2022, said Michael Wolpert, a pensions and benefits lawyer at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, during a webinar on Jan. 13 hosted by the Canadian Pension & Benefits Institute. Specifically, […]

As right-to-disconnect legislation gains steam across Canada and around the world, a story on how employers are dealing with this movement in 2022 took the top spot over the past week on BenefitsCanada.com. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. How employers are focusing on right-to-disconnect movement in 2022 2. DB pensions offer significant […]

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  • January 14, 2022 January 13, 2022
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A new year is bringing back old issues for employers and employees alike. The rise of the highly contagious Omicron coronavirus variant meant many students once again switched to online schooling. And while some schools across Canada are now reopening, employers continue to use a combination of flexible schedules and benefits offerings to support working […]

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Roughly a fifth (18 per cent) of all white-collar jobs in North America are now remote positions, according to a new report by Ladders Inc. It found that, in the fourth quarter of 2021, another three million jobs moved to being permanently remote. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, only four per cent of high-paying jobs […]

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  • January 7, 2022 January 7, 2022
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During Danish Yusuf’s morning routine, his work phone rarely rings and seldom is there an appointment with his Toronto insurance company staff. The lack of disruptions is no coincidence. Years ago, Yusuf instructed staff not to plan meetings or send electronic communications early in the morning or after 5 p.m. in hopes of helping staff relax […]

As companies adapt their people strategies for return to the office or for a new remote or hybrid work arrangement, employee retention will be a key consideration in 2022. The coronavirus pandemic has created a buyer’s labour market with many people either contemplating or making a change in their employer. Employees are assessing how they […]

  • By: Kim Siddall
  • December 30, 2021 December 16, 2021
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Employers are likely to see the expansion and tweaking of current health and well-being trends next year, according to the Business Group on Health. Virtual health care that integrates with in-person offerings and the continued expansion of mental-health and well-being services are among six trends that will underscore a “collective urgency” for employers and their […]

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  • December 23, 2021 December 10, 2021
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The coronavirus pandemic will leave an indelible mark on the way businesses operate, said Gary Timlick, chair of the investment committee at the Winnipeg Civic Employees’ Benefits Program, during a panel session on the long-term impact of the pandemic on commercial real estate at the Canadian Investment Review’s 2021 Investment Innovation Conference. “There will be opportunities […]

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Roughly a quarter (23 per cent) of Canadians working exclusively at physical workplaces said their working lives have worsened since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, according to LifeWorks Inc.’s latest mental-health index. The survey — which was conducted between Nov. 9 and Nov. 22, 2021 and prior to the spread of the Omicron variant […]

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  • December 20, 2021 December 17, 2021
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