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  • Help your clients stay in CRA’s good books

    The tax issues surrounding health and benefits plans can be complex, and it’s an area ...

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  • Judge rules against reinstating U.S. Steel Canada retiree benefits

    Judge rules against reinstating U.S. Steel Canada retiree benefits

    The United Steelworkers is decrying a decision by the Ontario Superior Court to deny its bid to reinstate retiree benefits at U.S. Steel Canada. The union says that as part of his ruling on Friday...

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  • How employee health trusts can help manage ballooning benefits costs

    How employee health trusts can help manage ballooning benefits costs

    With escalating drug costs and the strain of retiree benefits dragging down balance sheets, it’s no wonder employers are looking for creative ways to limit their liabilities and get a handle on...

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  • Sun Life names two assistant VPs for group benefits

    Sun Life names two assistant VPs for group benefits

    Sun Life Financial has appointed Rachel McNeill-Thompson as assistant vice-president of marketing and communications and Jean-Michel Lavoie as assistant vice-president of product development in...

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  • Have your say: Was the decision to revert OAS eligibility to age 65 a good move?

    Have your say: Was the decision to revert OAS eligibility to age 65 a good move?

    Was the government’s decision to restore eligibility for old-age security to age 65 the correct choice? Tabled in March, the federal budget cancelled provisions in the Old Age Security Act that...

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  • Canadians divided on benefits of a universal drug program: report

    Canadians divided on benefits of a universal drug program: report

    Canadians are split on the main benefits of a proposed publicly-funded universal drug program, according to the Canadian Medical Association’s annual national report card on health care. Fifty per...

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  • Sounding Board: Benefits industry should prepare for chatbots

    Sounding Board: Benefits industry should prepare for chatbots

    If you’re still trying to figure out how to submit a claim through a smartphone app, you may not want to hear this. There has been much buzz around chatbots lately and how they might affect...

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  • What’s stopping employers from addressing mental health?

    More than half (57%) of Canadian employers have not implemented a mental health strategy in ...

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  • Have your say: Should benefits plans cover medical marijuana?

    Have your say: Should benefits plans cover medical marijuana?

    Benefits Canada‘s most recent cover story looked at the hazy regulatory environment around medical marijuana and the uncertainty over whether group benefits plans should cover the drug. What do...

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  • U.S. earmarks $1.1M to analyze paid-leave programs

    U.S. earmarks $1.1M to analyze paid-leave programs

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau has funneled $1.1 million U.S. in grants to research how paid leave programs can be developed across the country. Currently, just 12 per cent of...

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  • No evidence Trump provided childcare services for employees

    No evidence Trump provided childcare services for employees

    When Donald Trump vowed this week to make childcare more accessible and affordable, it was just the second time during his White House campaign that he’s talked about an issue that affects...

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  • Essar bid for U.S. Steel Canada rejected

    Essar bid for U.S. Steel Canada rejected

    Hamilton, Ont.-based U.S. Steel Canada is rejecting the latest advances from the Essar Global fund. It says a consortium set up by the fund isn’t eligible to purchase the company formerly known as...

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  • U.S. employers expect total health costs to jump 5% in 2016 and 2017

    U.S. employers expect total health costs to jump 5% in 2016 and 2017

    U.S. employers expect total health-care costs to jump five per cent both this year and next year, research by Willis Towers Watson has found. That could bring average per employee costs to $12,338...

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  • Medical questions, regulations create confusion for medical pot coverage

    Medical questions, regulations create confusion for medical pot coverage

    It has been more than a year since Jonathan Zaid won the right to have his medical marijuana prescription covered under his group benefits plan, effectively kicking off a wider conversation about...

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  • Consultants seeking creative solutions amid disruption, rising competition

    Consultants seeking creative solutions amid disruption, rising competition

    When it started hiring employees for its Canadian office a few years ago, global media intelligence company Meltwater sought outside assistance for its search for a competitive benefits package...

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  • Cystic fibrosis among key diseases affecting companies’ bottom lines

    Cystic fibrosis among key diseases affecting companies’ bottom lines

    With new drugs and emerging health trends putting pressure on benefits plans, companies are trying to get a handle on the impact on their bottom lines. Here’s a look at three conditions and some...

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  • B.C. employer on the hook for $90K for miscommunicating LTD rules

    B.C. employer on the hook for $90K for miscommunicating LTD rules

    The trend away from defined benefit to defined contribution or hybrid pension plans has heightened the litigation risk for employers when it comes to the duty to explain the changes to their...

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  • Sun Life seeks to connect employees to ‘best of the best’ through new digital team

    Sun Life seeks to connect employees to ‘best of the best’ through new digital team

    As part of efforts to tap into digital health startups, Sun Life Financial Inc. has announced the formation of a new business area called digital health solutions. The idea, says Sun Life...

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  • Employee health a priority for employers though salaries to rise modestly

    Employers in Canada are expecting salaries to rise by an average of 2.1% in 2017, ...

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  • Cornwall retirees out of luck in battle over benefits

    Cornwall retirees out of luck in battle over benefits

    Despite contract language providing for post-retirement benefits, eight retirees of a Cornwall, Ont., manufacturing company are out of luck after an arbitrator ruled the company could terminate...

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