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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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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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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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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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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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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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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When Does it Make Sense to Take Your Benefit Plan to Market?

Posted by Craig Miller on Jun 7, 2018 10:59:35 AM

We like it when an employer and their employees are happy with their selected benefit provider, but satisfaction is usually the outcome of many factors. Rates need to be priced fairly, claims should be paid properly and in a timely fashion, administration should be easy and run smoothly, mistakes (those rare times that they happen) need to be fixed quickly and problems should be resolved without hassle.

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How to Build and Offer A Great Inpatriate Health Plan

Posted by Kandy Cantwell on May 31, 2018 10:52:22 AM

According to the latest Help Wanted Survey by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), there were 399,000 vacant jobs in Canada in the fourth quarter of 2017. British Columbia has the highest job vacancy rate at 3.9%, up from 3.6% three months earlier. 

If your organization is feeling the strain, you might consider bringing in: 

  • inpatriates (an employee of a multinational company who is from a foreign country, but is transferred to your corporation's headquarters) or,
  • temporary foreign workers.

But in doing this, it’s crucial to be aware of what’s involved when offering these workers employee benefits.

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How to Protect Employees Who Travel and Work Abroad

Posted by Judith Mewhort on May 24, 2018 10:15:00 AM

As globalization increases, more and more Canadian companies are sending workers around the world. But here’s the challenge:

Employee benefits in a global setting are increasingly complex. If you don’t fully understand these complexities, your business and workers may become vulnerable to serious health and financial issues.

First, your global benefits programs need to make sense for the location and culture your employees are in. Also, Canadian companies must prepare for the challenges associated with every country where their workers travel, work, and live. If not, you may end up facing lawsuits and criminal charges.

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