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Learn how to support a healthier workplace for your employees

Make choices to support your employees’ health and wellness with information from the 2016 Sanofi Canada healthcare survey.

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Canadians’ financial wellness impacts business

Nearly half of Canadian employees feel financially unprepared, generating stress and impacting workplace engagement according to a 2015 study.

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Five stress relievers for Canadian business owners

Bring your work and your life back into balance with these five stress relievers.

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Support your employees’ mental health

Mental Health Commission of Canada issues Interim Study on how the first National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace is faring

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Promoting mental health practices in the workplace

Manulife partners with Excellence Canada as a champion for the national Mental Health at Work® program

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2016 Federal Budget

Legislation matters - April 2016

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New Worksite Wellness Services

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Manulife expanding its list of generic drugs for Quebec

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Alberta tax increase

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Fort McMurray forest fires: Filing deadline extension

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ODB Program for seniors

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Tax increases in Eastern Canada

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Possible changes to dental processes in Quebec

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Legislative update - EI waiting period changes

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Medical assistance in dying

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Regulations amending the employment insurance regulations

As previously announced, the 2016 Budget announced changes to the Employment Insurance Act (EI Act) to reduce the employment insurance (EI) waiting period from two weeks to one week that would be effective on January 1, 2017. (October 2016)

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Genetic Testing - Updates

The Bill would amend the Ontario Human Rights Code to include genetic characteristics as a prohibited ground of discrimination. The Act also provides for equal treatment of individuals who refuse to undergo or disclose the results of a genetic test. (October 2016)

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Quebec - Regulation on accessory fees

The draft regulation allows for the billing of an insured person under RAMQ, for costs related to the transportation to an institution or a laboratory of biological samples taken by the professional, or at his or her request. (October 2016)

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Quebec RAMQ out-of-pocket maximum increases

Plan sponsors with plan members who reside in Quebec must offer prescription drug coverage that meets the minimum legislative requirements set by the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec. (July 2016)

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Bill C-14 Medical assistance in dying - adopted

Bill C-14, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts, was adopted on June 17, 2016. (June 2016)

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Ontario Insurance Act changes

Amendments have been made to Part V – Life Insurance and Part VII – Accident and Sickness sections of the Ontario Insurance Act. (June 2016)

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British Columbia Pension Benefits Act - Default Fund reminder

Plan administrators need to ensure that their default fund complies with the B.C. Pension Benefits Standard Act and Regulation legislation on or before June 28, 2016. (June 2016)

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Important update to private-sector pension plans

On June 3, 2016, Ontario Regulation 161/16 made under the Pension Benefits Act was filed. (June 2016).

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CEIC and CRA 2016 MIE and MPE changes

Canada Employment Insurance Commission and Canada Revenue Agency announce 2016 changes to maximum insurable earnings and maximum pensionable earnings (January 2016)

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PRPP Developments

Legislation Matters - August 2016

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Fort McMurray forest fires - Filing deadline extension

Legislation matters - June 2016

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Regulation professional activities that may be engaged by a medical electrophysiology technologist

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Bill 92 – Greater transparency expected with pharmacist receipts

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Regulation for members of the Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec

The draft Regulation adds section 4.1 which authorizes physiotherapists to administer and adjust oxygen where they make an assessment or intervene with a person who needs oxygen support, except if the person is receiving invasive ventilation or non-invasive positive pressure ventilation. (October 2016)

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Introducing our enhanced STD claims experience for you and your employees

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Manulife’s Investigative Services team takes strong action against benefits fraud

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Regulation professional activities that may be engaged in by persons other than dentists

The draft Regulation allows persons other that dentists to engage in the professional activities that may be engaged in by members of the Ordre des dentistes du Québec. (October 2016)

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Balance – A series of articles from Manulife on the Canadian pharmacy landscape

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Change to interest credited on group life claim payments

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Ways to reduce cost related to workplace injuries

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Smoking cessation benefits your employees and your business

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Best practices to mitigate employee absences

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The role of plan sponsors in effective disability case management

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