Employee Benefits

Wellness Initiatives to Promote Mental Health

Wellness Initiatives to Promote Mental Health

Mental health is a state of well-being in which a person can cope with the normal stresses of life, be productive and contribute to the community. Good mental health is essential for functioning well as an individual and as part of a community. Addressing mental health and physical health together is key to overall health and wellness. The Cost of Mental Health Mental health issues such as stress, anxiety and depression are routinely listed as top concerns in employee health surveys, and are the second leading cause of workplace absenteeism. Even moderate depressive or anxiety symptoms can affect work performance and productivity. Most employees agree that their mental and personal problems spill over into their professional lives and have a direct impact on their job performance. It is in the employer’s best interest to address mental health as part of…read more →

Breaking News: Potential Changes To The Patented Medicines Regulations

Breaking News: Potential Changes To The Patented Medicines Regulations

Statement by Patented Medicine Prices Review Board Vice-chairperson on consultation on potential changes to the Patented Medicines Regulations Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB) Vice-chairperson Dr. Mitchell Levine today made the following statement on the launch of Health Canada’s consultation on potential changes to the Patented Medicines Regulations: “The PMPRB welcomes the Minister of Health’s action to strengthen and modernize its pricing framework to reduce the cost of prescription drugs. We look forward to the outcome of this consultation process.” Quick Facts The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board is an independent, quasi-judicial administrative agency with a regulatory mandate to protect Canadian consumers from excessively priced patented drugs. The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board sets the maximum price at which a patented drug can be sold based on the price of the drug inCanada; the price of other drugs in the same therapeutic class…read more →

Skin Cancer Awareness and Preventive Measures

Skin Cancer Awareness and Preventive Measures

Live Well, Work Well | May 2017 Edition About 1,200 Canadians die from skin cancer every year. This disease is caused by an overexposure of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sources like the sun and tanning beds. Fortunately, skin cancer is preventable and usually treatable if detected early. Prevent skin cancer by examining your skin at least once a month and by visiting a qualified dermatologist at least once a year. You should also revisit the dermatologist any time you discover a mole that features any of the following “ABCDE” warning signs: Asymmetry. The two halves of the mole do not match. Borders. The mole edges are uneven, scalloped or notched. Colours. The mole is a variety of shades, such as brown, red, white, blue or black. Diameter. The mole is the size of a pencil eraser or larger than 6 millimetres….read more →

Ontario Pharmacists Now Able to Give Additional Vaccines

Ontario Pharmacists Now Able to Give Additional Vaccines

Ontario Pharmacists Now Able to Give Additional Vaccines Effective Immediately: In participating pharmacies in Ontario, pharmacists can now provide individuals five years of age and older with vaccines—many of which are travel vaccines—that help protect against the following 13 preventable diseases: • Bacille Calmette-Guérin (tuberculosis) • Haemophilus influenzae type B—known as Hib (severe bacterial infection) • Hepatitis A • Hepatitis B • Herpes zoster (shingles) • Human papillomavirus (HPV) • Japanese encephalitis • Meningococcal disease (severe illnesses like infections of the lining of the brain and spinal cord, as well as bloodstream infections caused by a certain bacteria) • Pneumococcal disease (range of infections from ear and sinus to pneumonia and bloodstream) • Rabies • Typhoid • Varicella (chicken pox) • Yellow fever How does this affect your employee benefits plan? Some of the vaccines require a prescription from a…read more →

The 2017 Federal Budget: What Does It Mean for Employers?

On Wednesday, March 22, 2017 the Government of Canada released its 2017 Budget Plan. Many of the commitments, if passed into legislation, will have a significant impact on employers, most immediately those in the federal sector. Key proposed changes to the Employment Insurance Act and Canada Labour Code are outlined below. Employment Insurance Act A new caregiving benefit to assist Canadians caring for a critically ill or injured family member. An individual would be entitled to up to 15 weeks of employment insurance (“EI”) benefits where he or she is providing care to an adult family member requiring significant support to recover from a critical illness or injury. While this amendment would apply only to adult family members, an individual would continue to be entitled to collect up to 35 weeks of EI benefits if caring for a critically ill…read more →

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