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Workplace Equity

workplace equity

Workplace equity is the fair treatment for employees in every facet of life regardless of their gender expression, race, disability, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, or age.

Equity ensures removing any chances of discrimination in the workplace, and it doesn’t necessarily translate to equal treatment for all, though it does promote an individual’s right to be different. Equity in the workplace makes sure people are given equal opportunities, equal pay and are accepted and respected for their differences. Equity is about creating an inclusive and conducive work environment where employees feel secure and happy. The two primary aims of equity are diversity and inclusion.

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IDENTIFYING PREJUDICE AND RACIAL INJUSTICE

identifying workplace prejudice

We’re all humans with different viewpoints and experiences that have influenced identities, our interactions, and our beliefs. It’s a natural part of life that we enjoy gathering and socializing with other like-minded individuals. It’s also normal for our human brains to want to organize...

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OVERCOMING FINANCIAL FATIGUE AND CONCERN

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Starting a new calendar year can be exciting and refreshing, but it can also be stressful. January 1st typically brings renewed motivation with the gift of a clean slate and the desire for a promising year ahead. It’s often fulfilled with a focus on healthy eating and exercise to get back on track after the holiday season's indulgence. But January can also be full of transitions that can influence anxiety and concern.

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Holiday Stress and Anxiety Prevention

diversity

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, this year's celebrations and customs will be different and difficult for many. Typically, we head into the season, looking forward to social gatherings with friends, family, neighbours and co-workers. We share meals and take part in a host of other traditions. This season, we are unable to celebrate in our traditional ways and without our favourite practices. However, it's important not to cancel all events, remember you may celebrate with close family and/or friends with strict adherence to established guidelines set by government and health authorities. You may also connect virtually with those outside your immediate circle...

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Diversity and Inclusion: A Beginners Guide to the Holidays.

diversity

Whether it has been the COVID-19 pandemic, social unrest, prejudicial injustice, environmental events such as fires and floods, or dramatic politics, 2020 has been a year of unique challenges and one for the record books, worldwide. We've seen and experienced social tensions unfolding in real-time with protests focused on supporting equality and justice for those oppressed and the illumination of the work that remains undone or the concerns not yet addressed. We need to appreciate our differences to find harmony in our workplaces and our communities.

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Surviving September

September Stress

We’re sharing some ideas about how to recognize those stressors at this time of year, not just in ourselves but also in the people we care about; how we can move through the month feeling well supported; and how the COVID-19 pandemic has and is affecting our mental health. Perhaps we need to re-evaluate how we don’t just survive the month, but thrive

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The Importance of Sleep

quality sleep

Quality sleep – the kind that makes you look refreshed and feeling energized – is exactly what the doctor ordered. In fact, sleep is as important to your health as diet, nutrition and exercise.

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Mental Health Navigator

Your Mental Health Matters

Are you struggling or feeling overwhelmed? Are you concerned because you feel your condition isn’t improving or your treatment isn’t working? The Best Doctors Mental Health Navigator can help you feel more like yourself again.

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GUIDE TO COVID-19: GOVERNMENT RELIEF PROGRAMS IN CANADA

Your Mental Health Matters

The subsidy is equal to 10% of the remuneration you pay from March 18 to June 19, 2020, up to $1,475 for each eligible employee to a maximum of $25,000 total per employer.
• Eligible employers include individuals, partnership, non-profit organization, registered charity or Canadian controlled private corporation.

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COVID-19: How to speak to children

Your Mental Health Matters

As the COVID-19 situation continues to rapidly evolve with increasing measures from federal and provincial governments to curb the spread and risk of infection within our personal communities, many of us are faced with extended school closures and growing inquiries from inquisitive children.

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On behalf of Homewood Health, PBC has release the latest Life Lines Issue, on the topic of Financial Stress.

Your Mental Health Matters

Nearly 1/3 of Canadians spend about one hour each day worrying about their finances.1 Financial worries often top the list of people’s concerns, even more than thinking about their health.2 It may not be surprising given the world we live in today. Uncertainty concerning economic conditions, cost of living, growth in salaries, and the increasingly precarious nature of work create vulnerability and uneasiness.

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New Mental Health Support programs released by RBC Insurance:

Your Mental Health Matters

Managing a mental health issue in your life can be overwhelming, whether it is your own or that of a loved one. We understand and are here to support you. With a comprehensive range of options available connect with us and we'll help guide you to the support that's right for you - from digital wellness programs, to virtual counselling services, to in-person sessions in your community and more.

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Desjardins Financial has created a FAQ page dedicated to COVID-19:

COVID-19 Resource

FAQ - Group insurance - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Sun Life - information on dealing with COVID and the financial markets

COVID-19 Resource

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and your savings plan: What can you do about it?

It’s emotional to see the markets drop amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But depending on your personal situation, you may want to stay invested. Here’s why. 

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How does coronavirus affect your savings?

Has all the talk around coronavirus or COVID-19 got you worried? On top of becoming a serious global health issue and causing travel problems across the world, it's also been linked to market volatility. But what does that mean for you as an investor? Here's a quick breakdown.

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Empire Life COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 Resource

COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. In Canada, Federal and Provincial governments have taken significant steps to control and contain the spread of the virus and businesses are faced with a rapidly changing environment. Click below to find Covid-19 Resources from Empire Life

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Pacific Blue Cross COVID-19 Resource Centre

COVID-19 Resource

We want to keep you and your family safe, heathy and informed. We’ve put together some information on COVID-19 (the new coronavirus), how to protect against it, and what you should do if you become ill while you’re at home or abroad.

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Tips for dealing with market volatility

dealing with market volatility

When markets go down, our instincts tell us we should do something. We are inclined to panic and sell our investments or stop contributing altogether. But is that the best approach? Here are some Do’s and Don’ts to help you deal with market volatility.

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Surviving Grief

surviving grief

In every type of job, eventually, we will experience significant loss either personal, professional or both, and therefore, grief. The grief may result from death in an individual's family, or it may be the death of a coworker or employer. It may be the loss of employment, either from a single dismissal or a significant restructuring and lay off of workers. Whatever the source, the resulting grief can end up being problematic and disruptive to the ecosystem of the workplace

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The Many Faces of Anxiety

the many faces of anxiety

Anxiety, regardless of a person’s psychological or biological makeup, is highly common. Although it can be triggered by a specific event, such as a trauma or stressful situation, anxiety can also present as a consistent theme in a person’s life, creating challenges in daily activities or interactions.

Despite the debilitating symptoms that anxiety can lead to, it is treatable. With the support of friends and family, as well as a combination of counselling, self-care techniques, and a doctor’s advice, people with anxiety can lead healthier, happier lives.

If you’re suffering from anxiety, support from EFAP providers, physicians, and primary care practitioners is crucial. Here are the facts you need to know...

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Focus on Mental Health: Let's keep the conversation going

When it comes to improving mental health, conversation is key. Creating awareness of mental health issues through a continual dialogue helps to fight social stigma and promote the importance of access to quality care.

The BC Women’s Health Foundation report, In Her Words: Women’s Experience with the Healthcare System in British Columbia, shines a spotlight on women’s health and experiences with the health care system, including mental health.

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New report reveals health care needs of 1 in 3 BC women are not being met

In Her Words: Women’s experience with the healthcare system in BC, commissioned by the BC Women’s Health Foundation and sponsored by Pacific Blue Cross, sheds light on the invisible barriers faced by women of all ages and socio-economic conditions in all four corners of our province...

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Industry Updates

Empire Life Announces the Addition of Mental Health Navigator to Group Benefits Plans

The Empire Life Insurance Company (Empire Life) (TSX: EML.PR.A) will automatically include the Mental Health Navigator in its group benefit plans starting May 1, 2020.

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New Directions in Employee Health Benefits

The 20th annual edition of The Sanofi Canada Healthcare Survey captures a readiness for change among plan members and plan sponsors on the one hand, and feelings of uncertainty and resistance on the other.

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Empire Life to offer specialty drug program starting June 1, 2017

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Tax now being charged on insurance premiums in Saskatchewan

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Medically assisted death & impact on Life Insurance payouts:

What does this mean for plan sponsors?

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Managing drug cost reimbursement plans: strategies to support tomorrow’s innovations

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Provincial/Territorial Dental Fee Guide Increases for 2017

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2017 Employment Insurance Changes

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Summary of Contribution & Benefits as of January 1, 2017

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EI Maximums - Effective January 1, 2015

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The Pooled Registered Pension Plan (PRPP)

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CRA Tax Change for Disability Benefit Payments- Effective January 1, 2015

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Taxation of Employee Benefits

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Group RRSPs: Are you Providing your Employees with the Opportunity to Save for Retirement?

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Generic Drugs- Important Facts

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Health Spending Accounts: Are you Providing your Employees with Health Care Flexibility?

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Cost Plus Reimbursement

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