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Two-thirds of Canadians have access to an employer-sponsored health plan, compared to one-in-five Australians and one-in-10 Britons, according to one speaker at Benefits Canada’s 2018 Mental Health Summit Toronto on Nov. 12. Research also found, when looking at publicly funded therapy programs in Australia and England, the goal was to increase access and bridge the gap […]

  • December 14, 2018 September 16, 2019
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For employees who have been away from the workplace due to mental illness, providing treatment, reducing stigma and getting employees back to work comes down to workplace culture. “Very simply put, employees who feel valued and supported by their employers return to work,” said Michelle Harper, director of national best practices, wellness, disability and life at […]

  • December 14, 2018 September 13, 2019
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After extensively analyzing more than 50 articles and systematic reviews of cognitive behavioural therapy, Deborah McLeod, director at Carepath Inc., knows there are still questions to be explored. While it’s generally acknowledged that facilitated interventions are better than non-facilitated, there’s evidence that standalone methods work as well, said McLeod during a session at Benefits Canada’s 2018 Mental […]

  • December 14, 2018 September 13, 2019
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Almost three-quarters (72 per cent) of North American employees feel it’s important that a potential employer has strong corporate social responsibility practices, according to a survey by Interac Corp. and the Upside Foundation. Among the 72 per cent, four per cent said it’s critical a potential employer has CSR or charitable programs in place, while 29 per cent ranked […]

  • December 10, 2018 September 13, 2019
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While advisors are supportive of greater transparency in group benefits and retirement services, some say the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association’s proposed amendments to its compensation disclosure guideline last week still presents a conflict of interest. The suggested changes to G19 included requiring the disclosure of both the percentage and dollar value of direct compensation […]

  • November 26, 2018 September 13, 2019
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Half an hour after I check in at recep­tion, I’ve already been siphoned of blood, weighed and measured. This is the beginning of my health screening at Medcan’s office in downtown Toronto, which will also include tests for my heart, fitness, blood pressure and body fat composition, among a host of others. When it’s over, […]

  • November 23, 2018 September 13, 2019
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Commuting to work is part of daily life for many Canadians. In the 2016 census, Statistics Canada found 15.9 million citizens were commuters, spending an average of 26.2 minutes travelling to work each day. So how do employers make commuting easier? And how do they communicate perks, such as free parking, discounted transit passes and bike-friendly […]

  • November 22, 2018 September 13, 2019
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Ontario’s smallest companies will be saving on their employer health tax come Jan. 1, 2019. The province’s 2018 economic outlook and fiscal review, presented by Finance Minister Vic Fedeli on Thursday, proposed an increase to the amount of payroll eligible for exemption from the employer health tax from $450,000 to $490,000 for organizations with 10 or […]

  • November 16, 2018 September 13, 2019
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Cossette Inc. introduced webinars and information sessions around mental health and wellness in October. The offerings, which were provided through the communications company’s employee assistance program, are part of its focus on preventative health, according to Yee Makowich, vice-president of talent. With six offices across Canada, each office features its own wellness initiatives, in addition to a company-wide […]

  • November 15, 2018 September 13, 2019
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One young man is on the road to recovering from depression following timely pharmacogentic testing through his employer. Allison Hazell, director of genetics at Medcan, presented the case study during her presentation on genetics and pharmacogenetics at the company’s event in Toronto on Friday. The patient, a 28-year-old Medcan employee, had a history of depression. However, […]

  • November 12, 2018 September 13, 2019
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