Canada Life kicks off Pride month with flag raising

Today, to kick off Pride month, members of Canada Life’s Pride @ Canada Life employee resource group raised a rainbow flag at the company’s offices in London, Regina, Toronto, and Winnipeg. In this time of global pandemic, we know that Pride celebrations will look different than in years past, but Pride’s celebration of diversity continues. Although we can’t physically join together to celebrate this summer, we’re proud to fly the rainbow flag in the spirit of togetherness, community and acceptance.

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Alight and CirrusMD team up to deliver physician-led virtual primary care on Alight Worklife®

Alight Solutions | January 09, 2024

Alight, Inc. a leading cloud-based human capital and technology services provider, and CirrusMD, a physician-first provider of on-demand virtual care, today announced a strategic agreement to offer a chat-enabled, physician-led, virtual care solution. The partnership is aimed at breaking down barriers to virtual care by providing employees with access to expert physicians across a wide range of health care needs on the Alight Worklife platform. “The Alight Worklife platform serves as employees’ comprehensive connection point to their health, wealth, payroll and leaves benefits, which helps employers cut complexities, costs and engage individuals in the moments that matter most,” said Bipin Mistry, chief medical officer at Alight. “The partnership with CirrusMD helps take employee engagement one step further by making physician-led virtual care easily accessible to employees and bridges the gap between virtual clinical care delivery and employer-sponsored benefits navigation.” Helping employees arrive at the most appropriate care Employees on the Alight Worklife platform can engage directly with CirrusMD or be prompted to engage after completing Alight’s AI-powered Symptom Checker online experience to better understand their healthcare needs and guide them to care options, including virtual care provided by CirrusMD. With Single Sign-On (SSO) for fast connections to care within 60 seconds, Alight Worklife enhances the participant experience. CirrusMD’s Physician-first Care & Guidance approach to virtual primary care provides members with always-on, instant access to a doctor via chat-first modality. CirrusMD’s multidisciplinary clinical team conducts encounters on a proprietary clinical intelligence engine that provides real-time insights to physicians based on data from millions of patient-physician interactions. Once employees connect with physicians, CirrusMD offers a seamless, efficient and patient-centric virtual care experience by Connecting patients to physicians in less than a minute, 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, Delivering advanced primary care that includes behavioral health, women’s health, acute care, chronic condition management and more, Physician-led seven-day experiences, interactions that allow time for in-depth diagnosis and treatment, reducing the high costs associated with multiple follow-ups, Text-based chat with options for video, voice and images when needed, Immediate referrals to employer benefits and in-network resources, And real-time Spanish language translation to help overcome potential language barriers. Optimizing the integration of healthcare benefits and clinical workflows The strategic partnership enables employers to select CirrusMD as part of their Alight Healthcare Navigation offering within the Alight Worklife platform. As well, CirrusMD providers benefit from access to Alight’s Symptom Checker results and can reference benefit programs available to the participant which can serve to facilitate patient follow-ups with both CirrusMD care teams and Alight Health Pros for a comprehensive healthcare journey support. This combined solution provides ongoing navigation to appropriate referrals and resources. For example, Alight's support for individuals with Behavioral Health conditions aligns seamlessly with CirrusMD, offering quick access to virtual Behavioral Health support when needed. Employees can be directed to other types of care options such as virtual physical therapy, through referrals made directly from CirrusMD or Alight. “At CirrusMD we are reimagining the point of care to provide the time and information needed to support a productive dialog between patient and physician, giving both the time and information they need for exceptional care experiences,” said Jamie Hall, president and CEO of CirrusMD. “This strategic agreement represents an important milestone in advancing virtual primary care, combining the strengths of Alight Solutions and CirrusMD to transform the healthcare experience for individuals and employers alike.” CirrusMD boasts an 83% issue resolution rate and an 93% overall patient satisfaction rate, and serves notable customers including health plans, large employers and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. About Alight Solutions Alight is a leading cloud-based human capital technology and services provider that powers confident health, wealth and wellbeing decisions for 36 million people and dependents. Our Alight Worklife® platform combines data and analytics with a simple, seamless user experience. Supported by our global delivery capabilities, Alight Worklife is transforming the employee experience for people around the world. With personalized, data-driven health, wealth, pay and wellbeing insights, Alight brings people the security of better outcomes and peace of mind throughout life’s big moments and most important decisions. About CirrusMD CirrusMD delivers Physician-first Care & Guidance, a smart care model founded in the tenets of Advanced Primary Care. It brings together activated members with trusted physicians, relevant resources, and smart technology to change healthcare as we know it. CirrusMD improves speed to care, removes barriers to physicians, brings patient data into the care encounter, and promotes transparency at the point of referral. We believe that when you provide immediate, affordable care at scale you can drive the change needed to improve health and lower cost across an entire population.

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Employee Engagement

Empathy And Carallel Partner To Empower Employers In Providing Holistic Support For Employee Caregivers

Empathy | December 15, 2023

Empathy, the comprehensive support system for loss helping families navigate all its emotional and logistical challenges, announced a new partnership with Carallel, the leading provider of holistic support, guidance and assistance for family caregivers. Progressive, family-oriented employers will gain access to a unique blend of tools and services which empower their employees to navigate the intricate landscapes of both caregiving and grief. This collaboration will provide continuity of care for both the caregiving population and those who have experienced loss. More than 53 million Americans support a loved one as a family caregiver, and 61% of them are employed. Caregiving affects every facet of an employee's life, including their mental and physical health (57% report clinically significant levels of depression, stress and anxiety), work capacity (80% of caregiving employees said caregiving impacted their work productivity) and absenteeism (missing up to 12 hours of work each month due to caregiving responsibilities). Stress intensifies when the loved one they care for passes away. Dealing with the tasks associated with loss can take families over 12 months to handle, and costs them on average $12,702. The burden is amplified for those balancing a full time job,with 43% of employees reporting difficulties concentrating at work in the period after their loss, while also suffering from symptoms such as anxiety, panic attacks, and memory issues, which can persist for months. Together, Empathy and Carallel offer a comprehensive solution to help employers reduce healthcare costs, improve productivity and effectiveness, and increase retention by addressing the holistic needs of employees through every stage of caregiving and grief. Carallel's approach seamlessly blends live support from compassionate, expert Care Advocates with comprehensive digital tools and resources to create personalized plans that boost caregiver resilience. It is through this caregiver-centered, holistic approach that Carallel is able to provide caregivers emotional support, targeted guidance and practical assistance across a wide range of caregiving needs — from disability care to elder care and beyond. With a similar approach, Empathy extends Carallel's offering, enabling employers to provide human-centered, tech-powered support to employees who have suffered a loss. Empathy's award-winning platform is complemented by a full-fledged Care Team, including on-demand Care Managers, who provide personalized step-by-step guidance through all the emotional and practical challenges of loss. This partnership will enable employers to have more streamlined contracting and a more seamless experience for employees, facilitating continuity of care for families throughout all of life's greatest challenges. "Empathy shares Carallel's core mission of making big life challenges easier by addressing them holistically — both emotionally and practically. We are committed to providing a seamless and comprehensive experience for employees navigating the challenges of caregiving and bereavement," said Shara Cohen, CEO of Carallel. "This is a truly interconnected collaboration — applying similar philosophies to intertwined life experiences. By doing so, we are reshaping the landscape of workplace well-being to elevate the overall welfare of caregivers and those in their care. "Employees juggling caregiving responsibilities with their full-time work commitments often find themselves particularly challenged when coping with the loss of a loved one," said Ron Gura, Co-Founder and CEO of Empathy. "By partnering with Carallel, a leader in providing assistance and guidance for caregivers, we empower employers to offer holistic, full-circle support that encompasses both caregiving and bereavement as integral employee benefits. With this approach, employers can ensure continuity of care through life's most difficult moments." About Empathy Empathy is the comprehensive support system for loss, offering bereaved families holistic guidance and care for all of the administrative, emotional, legal, and financial challenges they face after their loved one passes away. Empathy's award-winning app and care team are trusted by leading employers and insurance carriers to support their employees and beneficiaries through life's greatest challenges, saving them time, money, and stress. Headquartered in New York and recognized as a Top Digital Health Company by CB Insights, as well as a Most Innovative Company by FastCompany, Empathy has raised $43 million in funding from leading investors including General Catalyst, Aleph VC, and Entrée Capital.

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HR Strategy

HireRight Receives Non-Binding Acquisition Proposal from General Atlantic and Stone Point Capital

HireRight | December 12, 2023

HireRight Holdings Corporation a leading provider of global background screening services and workforce solutions, announced that it has received a non-binding proposal from General Atlantic, L.P. (“General Atlantic”) and Stone Point Capital LLC (“Stone Point”), and their respective affiliated funds (collectively, the “Sponsors”), to acquire all of the Company’s outstanding shares of common stock that are not already owned by the Sponsors for $12.75 in cash per share. The board of directors of the Company previously formed a special committee of independent directors (the “Special Committee”) to evaluate and consider any potential or actual transaction proposal from the Sponsors and any other alternative proposals or other strategic alternatives that may be available to the Company. There can be no assurance that any definitive agreement will result from the proposal submitted by the Sponsors or that any transaction will be consummated. The Company and the Special Committee do not intend to comment further about this proposal unless and until they deem further disclosure is appropriate. A copy of the Sponsors’ proposal letter is available as an exhibit to General Atlantic and Stone Point’s statements of beneficial ownership on Schedule 13D/A as publicly filed on Friday, December 8, 2023, with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. About HireRight HireRight is a leading global provider of technology-driven workforce risk management and compliance solutions. We provide comprehensive background screening, verification, identification, monitoring, and drug and health screening services for approximately 37,000 customers across the globe. We offer our services via a unified global software and data platform that tightly integrates into our customers’ human capital management systems enabling highly effective and efficient workflows for workforce hiring, onboarding, and monitoring. In 2022, we screened over 24 million job applicants, employees and contractors for our customers and processed over 107 million screens.

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Workforce Management

beqom Announces Its Acquisition of PayAnalytics, Solidifying Its Position as the First Advanced Platform for Pay Equity and Total Compensation

beqom | December 14, 2023

beqom, a provider of compensation and performance management solutions, announced it will acquire PayAnalytics, a cutting edge pay and workplace equity software provider. The global movement toward workplace equality has made it imperative for organizations to address wage gap challenges head on, for both competitive and regulatory reasons. beqom's acquisition of PayAnalytics means that companies can now embed pay equity into their compensation processes and daily decision-making, to create a culture of fair pay, build on a data-driven compensation strategy, and meet global pay equity regulatory requirements. The acquisition positions beqom uniquely in the market as provider of the most complete advanced total compensation and pay equity solution. The PayAnalytics solution, designed by a team of data scientists and HR leaders, empowers companies to analyze pay for gender and other forms of demographic fairness, and take appropriate action. Through multivariate regression analysis, it identifies factors influencing pay and proposes remedies for unexplained pay gaps. By delivering these advanced analytic capabilities in the context of a plug-and-play pay equity methodology, PayAnalytics will add the capability to embed instant and always-on pay equity into the real-time compensation processes managed by beqom, supporting data-driven pay decisions for new hires, merit increases, and promotions. beqom's compensation modeling optimizes the budget impact for pay equity remediation scenarios. Together, the solutions will provide companies with unprecedented abilities to attract and retain talent, drive performance, and optimize costs, while ensuring compliance and reducing risk. "Pay equity is no longer a niche area, it's a business essential, and the focus must go well beyond compliance and risk. Our in-depth research shows that companies that excel in pay equity have higher profitability, greater customer satisfaction, innovate better, and win the war for talent," says Kathi Enderes, Senior Vice President Research and Global Industry Analyst at The Josh Bersin Company. "Done right, pay equity is not a once-a-year-project but a way to run the company for equity. The right technology is vital because it's a complex undertaking. Combining the advanced pay equity capabilities of PayAnalytics with beqom's total compensation platform means that companies can embed a consistent and continuous focus on fair pay in their entire talent lifecycle, helping make their rewards function systemic and accomplishing higher rewards maturity." Customers can expect business as usual while having the possibility of benefiting from the expanded range of solution capabilities. Both companies are committed to maintaining the high level of service expected by their customers, while offering them broader and deeper functionality and expertise in compensation and pay equity management., Each will continue to drive product innovation in their respective domains, while tightening the integration between the two suites of products. "What distinguished the PayAnalytics solution and team for us was their specialized expertise and sophisticated data approach enabled by a great product. Additionally, the company's headquarters in Iceland places them strategically with a global perspective, straddling both the EU and the US. This unique positioning gives PayAnalytics an inherently global DNA and mindset, a distinction that beqom, headquartered in Switzerland, can appreciate firsthand," says Fabio Ronga, beqom CEO and co-founder. "Consequently, PayAnalytics exhibits a deep understanding and proven experience in navigating the complexities of global enterprises dealing with diverse local regulations. These factors serve as key differentiators that set the solution apart from others in the market. We look forward to working with the whole team on keeping PayAnalytics at the forefront of pay equity software solutions, and to bring that expertise to beqom's customers." "We founded PayAnalytics to eliminate the gender pay gap by applying data analytics and arming HR managers with quantitative decision-making tools," says Sigurjon Palsson, PayAnalytics CEO and co-founder. "We are excited now to join forces with beqom and take pay equity to the next level. By linking those analytics to compensation processes, customers now will be able to close the loop and create a culture of continuous fair pay." beqom was founded in 2009 with the mission to help the world's largest enterprises keep their people motivated and productive through comprehensive, equitable, and transparent performance and rewards. PayAnalytics was founded in 2016 to eliminate the gender pay gap by applying quantitative decision-making tools. About beqom beqom is a unified total compensation platform — managing compensation, employee performance, sales performance, pay equity, and recognition all in one place. beqom makes it easy for HR teams to handle every aspect of total compensation management at scale by empowering HR leaders to personalize compensation strategies with their organizations' needs. With beqom, employees understand their value, perform at their peak, and are rewarded fairly for their contributions. About PayAnalytics PayAnalytics is a cloud-based software solution that enables HR managers and consultants to conduct their own salary review, measure gender and other demographic discrepancies in pay, and offers recommendations on how to close pay gaps. Their reporting and visualization tools allow HR managers to understand the impact of hiring, promotion, and salary adjustment decisions on pay gaps, and to understand trends in their pay structure.

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