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Top benefits trends for Canadian employers to track in 2014

Rising costs, court challenges and legislative changes are three trends employers should track to manage employee health care benefits in the coming year. These three areas will continue to drive employee health care policies for employers. Awareness and planning in these areas will help employers to contain costs and avoid discrimination charges regarding provision of benefits.

 

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Most-viewed articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three most viewed articles on HRinfodesk this week deal with extended health care plan payments, the review of existing employment contracts and the possible taxable benefit of employer-provided cars.

 

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Why the need for a comprehensive health benefits plan?

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To many, comprehensive health benefits are second nature. We don’t think about them often because if we’re lucky, we don’t need to use them often (except the massages, of course). In fact, the majority of people won’t need (and might not even be aware of) the larger part of their policy coverage. So why is comprehensive health insurance so important? Let’s start with the basics.

 

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Employers ask: what conduct by an employee constitutes cause for dismissal

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I am frequently asked by employer clients to describe what type of conduct by an employee will be held by the courts to qualify as cause for dismissal. Employers are often frustrated by the answer they receive – that it seems that nothing less than stealing money from the company will suffice. In the case of long time employees without prior instances of misconduct, theft may still be insufficient. A recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court has fortunately clarified the circumstances in which courts will find cause for dismissal as a result of dishonesty. What is striking about the decision is the reliance of the judge on a seemingly insignificant act committed by a nineteen year employee.

 

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Time for compensation planning

The beginning of a new year is the usual time for owners, managers, HR and payroll professionals to work on their compensation planning. The objective of compensation planning is determining what to pay employees to entice them to continue to work for your company.

 

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The latest on employer health benefits and services

Last year I dropped the ball on Sanofi-Aventis’ annual health care survey—in fact, it’s still sitting on my desk under a pile of other things! So this year, I’m making it a priority, and getting this brief post on the report to you right away, before I file a more in-depth article for HRinfodesk.

 

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Workplace wellness programs: what are they all about?

Typically, wellness means “the condition of good physical and mental health”, but what is a “workplace wellness program”? What are the advantages of having this kind of program, and how does an employer start one up?

 

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