I just finished my probation period and received an email from HR outlining my benefits package. Some of my benefits (including dental and health) show up as 'employee paid benefits' meaning an amount is deducted from my paycheck. These "benefits" will end up deducting around $2000 a year.
I live in Ontario, Canada, and was considering opting out of the health plan, but after re-reading my employment contract it said all benefits are mandatory.
I've worked at 3 other companies in the past and I've never had any money deducted for benefits (except EI and CPP).
Barring the whole shadiness of the process, Are companies even allowed to deduct your paycheck with mandatory benefits? Is this a common practice? It seems to me I should at least be able opt out and that options was not given to me.