B.C. Drug Plan Update: Transitioning to Biosimilars

Posted by Jaime Laprise on Jun 11, 2019 9:36:49 AM

 If any of your employees have a chronic condition such as arthritis or diabetes, certain biologic drugs that are currently covered under BC PharmaCare will be transitioned to equivalent less-costly drugs as the province expands the use of “biosimilars.”

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Refreshed Desks for Refreshed Minds: Spring Cleaning in the Office

Posted by Guest Blogger: United Benefit Advisors on Jun 4, 2019 11:45:00 AM

Our friends at UBA wrote a great blog about sparking joy in the office. Here is a summary of some of the tips they provided. You can read the full article here.

If you’re looking around and noticing a lot of clutter in the workspace, it may be time for some spring cleaning in the office. A messy workplace can contribute to stress and anxiety and negatively affect the productivity of your employees.

Here are some things to think about when encouraging spring cleaning in your office.  

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Stress Rx: Get Unplugged and Go Outside

Posted by Preet Pall on May 28, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Working at a desk all day can be notoriously stressful. Hours spent inside, surrounded by computers, phones, and man-made everything can lead to “technostress” and burnout.

Stressed employees are not only unhappy, they’re often sick and less effective at work. If you want to boost your business productivity, it pays to keep your team healthy.

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Hidden Liabilities in Administering Canadian Employee Benefit Plans (Part 2)

Posted by Corinne Prevost on May 21, 2019 2:24:51 PM

This is part 2 of our series on Hidden Liabilities for employers. You can find part 1 here.

While part one discussed liabilities associated with day to day administration of Canadian benefit plans, part two outlines structural pitfall decisions related to plan structure. These decisions are often made when a plan is first established and may not have been reviewed or updated recently. Best practices suggest that the following items be considered annually.   

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Hidden Liabilities in Administering Canadian Employee Benefit Plans

Posted by Trish Chilton on May 14, 2019 3:54:17 PM

Congratulations! You’ve implemented an employee benefit plan to attract and retain staff. You’ve designated someone in your office as the plan administrator and you feel confident that the administration of that plan is easy, and you are good to go.

Or are you? Even in the most straightforward scenarios, there are hidden liabilities which can cost a firm money and its reputation.

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Injured Employees? A Holistic Approach Leads to Faster Recovery

Posted by Guest Blogger: Optimal Performance Clinic on May 7, 2019 11:00:00 AM


This blog is written by our friends at Optimal Performance Clinic, a multidisciplinary clinic located in Downtown Vancouver.

You work hard to prevent workplace accidents but what happens when an employee gets injured away from the job? It makes good business sense to support an injured team member to return safely to work as quickly as possible.

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5 Ways To Reduce Employee Commuter Stress and Boost Productivity

Posted by Guest Blog: Fringe Benefits on Apr 23, 2019 11:50:19 AM

This blog is written by our friends at Fringe Benefit Analysts, an employee benefits firm based in Layton, Utah.

Are you familiar with that weary feeling of a long commute?

You’ve been on the road since 6:30 a.m. You’ve already listened to two episodes of CANADALAND; the paper cup sitting in the centre console now outweighs the liquid inside—and you’re still 15 minutes from the office.

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Employee Benefits in Canada: Taxable vs. Non Taxable

Posted by Trish Chilton on Apr 16, 2019 11:13:10 AM

As an employer, you know that you need to offer a great benefits package to attract and retain great employees. But do you understand the difference between taxable and non-taxable benefits?

The rules around taxable benefits in Canada are constantly changing, and staying up-to-date is no easy task. If you’re not aware of the most recent guidelines, it can cost your company dearly.

In this article, we’ll take a look at what is and isn’t taxable, so that you can rest easy knowing your money is well-spent.

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Get The Most Out Of Your Benefits Plan By Understanding Reasonable & Customary Limits

Posted by Jaime Laprise on Apr 9, 2019 11:50:41 AM

You know that you and your employees are all savvy shoppers but when it comes to using your benefit plans, this consumer mentality doesn’t always hold true. 

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The Best Workplace Benefits to Make Employees Feel Valued

Posted by Corinne Prevost on Apr 2, 2019 11:17:00 AM

Do your employees know how much you value them?

If you want to retain an engaged, hardworking team, learning how to make employees feel valued is an absolute must. Not only do staff who feel appreciated work harder and take more ownership of their work, they are also more loyal and tend to stay with their company for longer.

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