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Pension deficits have fallen into “the danger zone” for the first time in more than 10 years, a July 2013 report by the Dominion Bond Rating Service (DBRS) says. In a review of 461 defined benefit pension plans in Canada, the US, Japan and Eu...Read More
Two independent surveys indicate that, while group health, dental and disability costs plateaued from 2011 to 2013, plan sponsors should prepare for a sharp rise in group benefit costs in the coming years. According to separate surveys conducted by Tower...Read More
A British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal decision has stressed the need for both employers and employees to communicate their accommodation policies and requirements when an employee is disabled. The case involves an employee who lost a portion of his fo...Read More
September 26, 2013
Coughlin Courier
Prepare now for coming benefits cost hikes, studies suggest. Read the Coughlin Courier. (PDF 300 KB)Read More
Almost half of Canadian fathers do not know how much life insurance they own or how much life insurance their families may need, according to an RBC Insurance poll. An Ipsos Reid poll of 1,127 Canadian fathers conducted for RBC Insurance indicates that 7...Read More
More Canadians would likely quit smoking if they had group insurance coverage for smoking cessation products, a report by the Cancer Advocacy Coalition of Canada (CACC) says. In its review of the economic impact of smoking in Canada, the advocacy group u...Read More
Increasing mandatory contribution levels of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) may result in lower registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) contributions, the Fraser Institute says. In its study entitled RRSPs and an expanded Canada Pension Plan, the Institu...Read More
The prescribing of anti-psychotic drugs to children less than 18 years of age is growing at an “exponential” rate, a British Columbia Ministry of Health study says. In an article published in the June 2013 edition of the Canadian Journal of P...Read More
An Ontario court has ruled that General Motors Canada was wrong to cut the group life, health and dental insurance of its retired employees in 2009. In what could potentially be a landmark ruling for the group benefits industry, Ontario Superior Court Ju...Read More
A growing pension deficit may force Canada’s second largest pension fund to reduce its pension benefits. The Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) says it is considering a proposal to change its retirement calculation formula to cop...Read More
The Ontario Court of Justice has ruled that a man who killed his estranged wife may collect the $51,000 death benefit of a life insurance policy because he was mentally ill at the time he stabbed her to death. The incident dates to 2006 when the Toronto ...Read More
The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has ordered an employer to reinstate an employee, including back pay, following an 11.5-year disability-related absence. The case involved a woman who went on long-term disability leave in late 2001 for a general anxiety...Read More
August 06, 2013
Coughlin Courier
GM wrong to cut retiree benefits, court says. Read the Coughlin Courier. (PDF 300 KB)Read More
Senate Opposition Leader James Cowan has introduced a bill that would outlaw genetic discrimination by insurance companies and employers. With the introduction of new genetic tests to identify genes that could increase a person’s risk of developing...Read More
Quebec should introduce a new public pension plan to ensure that the  province’s workers will have improved income security after age 75, according to the province’s Expert Committee on the Future of the Quebec Retirement System. In i...Read More
Private drug plans are “not sustainable” in their current form, a Great-West Life executive told an Ottawa conference on universal pharmacare this past May. In a blunt assessment of current group drug plan arrangements, Great-West Life Benefi...Read More
The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed an application to review a January 2013 Ontario Court of Appeal ruling giving priority to separated spouses over common-law partners in the payment of pre-retirement death benefits under the Ontario Pension Benefi...Read More
June 13, 2013
Coughlin Courier
Supreme Court confirms Ontario ruling limiting common-law rights. Read the Coughlin Courier. (PDF 250 KB)Read More
Each province and territory except Quebec has agreed to cap the price of six popular generic drugs at 18 per cent of their brand-name equivalents.The drugs in question and their treatments are: Drug Treatment Brand name equivalent Atorvastatin Choles...Read More
The year 2013 is turning out to be the year of the common-law couple. In January, Ontario led the way with a Court of Appeals ruling stating that common-law partners may not qualify to receive survivor pension benefits, even if they are living with their...Read More
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