Changing post-retirement benefits tricky

2 recent cases highlight need for clear, unambiguous language
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/22/2013

Non-Unionized employers facing increasingly costly post-retirement benefits — promised during better times — could have a hard time cutting back those perks, judging by two recent cases.

Both General Motors of Canada and Weyerhaeuser had their requests to reduce extended health-care and life insurance benefits to retirees denied, largely because of unclear language used in past documents and communications.