Health and Safety

How to start a cost-effective workplace health and wellness program

By Laura Pratt

More and more companies are aware of the importance of maintaining a healthy workplace and they’re taking initiative to offer services that can improve the physical and mental wellbeing of their employees.

Mental illness cannot be “fixed” alone. Just ask Margaret Trudeau, who suffered for her entire life but found solace with outside help.

By Joel Kranc

It’s not easy being a Trudeau. There is the constant tug-of-war with the press, the scrutiny of the public at large and the sometimes insular feelings that come with the job. Often, the pressure is too great and can lead to dealing with mental health issues in a very public way.

Plan ahead to ensure everyone understands their responsibilities

By Angelo Carofano, MBA, CPA, CMA

The conversation surrounding the likely legalization of marijuana by July 2018 opens the door to a broader conversation surrounding drugs and alcohol for employers.

Pharmacogenetics – the future of drug benefit plans

By Liz Bernier

Imagine a doctor’s visit where you need a new prescription. It’s for depression. You receive a prescription with a number of caveats about side effects – take it before bed if it makes you feel too drowsy to wake up in the morning. Take it with food if it makes you too nauseous to concentrate. Come back in six weeks to touch base about how it’s working; call if you have any pressing concerns.

A healthy workforce is a productive workforce – and here’s how you can help

By Dr. James Aw

We know that wellness programs save companies money. Research has shown that companies that take their employees’ health seriously outperform the S&P 500 by a whopping three to one.

Risks and responses for employers in the era of legalized cannabis use

By Michael F. Horvat

On Sept. 8, 2017, Ontario became the first province to announce its plan to sell and distribute recreational marijuana once it becomes legalized. The federal government’s timeline is to allow the sale and use of “recreational” marijuana by July 1, 2018, but each province can regulate distribution and limit availability. Ontario’s plan is to have government-run stores selling marijuana based on the province’s liquor distribution model,