Prescription Drug Dangers and How to Keep Employees Safe

Posted by Jaime Laprise on Aug 16, 2018 10:46:32 AM

What's in your medicine cabinet?

Modern healthcare goes hand in hand with pharmaceuticals. You can bet many of your employees are taking at least one prescription drug.

The right drugs can be life-changing, but only if taken properly. Did you know drugs can interact dangerously with certain foods, supplements, and other drugs? 

In this blog, we’ll share the dangerous prescription drug interactions you need to look out for, how to reduce your team’s reliance on medications, and, ultimately, how to reduce the cost of your benefits plan.

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Topics: Wellness

Top 8 FAQs on Changes to Your Benefits Plan: Answered

Posted by Corinne Prevost on Aug 9, 2018 9:43:44 AM

Parental leave, terminations, cost-sharing. These are just some of the situations that could result in a change to your employee benefits plan.

To ensure you have the information you need to make these changes correctly, we put together this list of eight FAQs. So without further ado, here are some of your most common questions, answered.

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Topics: Employee Benefits

How Can Employers Manage Depression in the Workplace?

Posted by Kandy Cantwell on Aug 2, 2018 11:15:21 AM

"I'm feeling down."

"I feel bummed out"

"I'm depressed."

It can be pretty common to hear these kinds of statements. But clinical depression is not simple unhappiness. It's a complex mood disorder—and it's important to know the difference.

Continue reading to learn how to help employees who struggle with depression and mental health in the workplace.

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Topics: Wellness

BC Payroll Health Tax: What Employers Need to Know

Posted by Preet Pall on Jul 26, 2018 10:51:22 AM

In January 2019, the BC government will introduce a new Health Tax to replace the BC MSP premiums. The goal is to save individuals $900 and families $1,800 a year.

But how will it affect you as an employer? You might be worried about how to manage this extra cost.

So in this blog, we’ll share some key information about the new BC Payroll Health Tax, and how your business can save money in other areas.

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Topics: Financial Planning

5 Practical Ways to Support Working Caregivers

Posted by Preet Pall on Jul 19, 2018 9:46:33 AM

If you have employees who are caring for ill, elderly, or disabled family members, you know the toll it can take on them. Those balancing work and caregiving have to deal with distraction, worry, and overloaded schedules on a daily basis.

So how can you help your staff manage these challenges? How can you retain them as workers, while also supporting the rest of your team?

In this blog, we’ll discuss the unique demands that come with being a working caregiver, and what you can do to help.

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Topics: Wellness

Medical Marijuana Coverage: What Employers Need to Know

Posted by Judith Mewhort on Jul 12, 2018 10:51:05 AM

Today, we’re going to talk about marijuana coverage and benefits plans.

Because of recent legislation changes around marijuana legalization, this is a hot topic for many employers. In this article, we’ll focus on medical marijuana, and look at how it fits into your employee benefits landscape.

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Topics: Employee Benefits, Marijuana

Retirement Benefits for Employees: Top 6 FAQs Answered

Posted by Judith Mewhort on Jul 5, 2018 10:49:50 AM

Retirement. It’s a big word that’s on a lot of people’s minds these days.

Simply put, Canadians want to know they’ll have enough money to retire comfortably. And as an employer, you’re in a great position to help guide them in the right direction.

But what if employees need guidance on a retirement benefits issue, and you don’t know the answer? Not to worry!

That’s exactly why we put together this article. Here, we answer the most common questions our clients ask us around retirement benefits for employees. Let’s take a look.

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Topics: Retirement

Canadian Benefits 101: Advice for Foreign-Based Employers

Posted by Kandy Cantwell on Jun 28, 2018 10:52:49 AM

When people think of Canada, they think of a lot of things, and “free healthcare” is usually one of them.

If you have employees living and working in Canada, you may be wondering, “What does free healthcare really mean? And what does it actually cover?”

Most importantly, what do you, as an employer, need to know about providing employee benefits to workers stationed in Canada?

In this blog, we’ll go over things you need to know about the healthcare benefits landscape in Canada, so you can protect your business while taking care of your people.

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Topics: Employee Benefits

Keep ‘Em Happy: 4 Must-Have Work Benefits for Millennials

Posted by Corinne Prevost on Jun 21, 2018 11:00:00 AM

For the first time ever, Canada's workforce encompasses five generations: Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z.

Millennials, also known as Generation Y, were born between the early 1980s and mid 1990s—and they tend to be misunderstood by other generations. They're assumed to be less committed and industrious than their predecessors.

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Topics: Wellness

Check Out These Lesser-Known Ways to Stay Safe in the Sun

Posted by Shelley Lai on Jun 14, 2018 10:26:48 AM

Long, bright days and balmy weather are just around the corner. But as temperatures rise, so does your risk of sunburn. Most of us know to cover up, slap on some sunscreen, and reduce time in the sun as much as possible.

But there are many other ways to prevent or heal sunburns that may come as a surprise. To protect your skin and your health, check out these lesser-known tips for staying sun-safe all summer long.

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Topics: Wellness