Why Giving Health Benefits to Gig Workers is Good for Business

Posted by Judith Mewhort on Nov 7, 2018 12:31:46 PM

Chances are, you hire people who fall into the “contractor” category. Since they're not actual employees, they probably don't receive your full benefits package. 

So what would happen if they got sick or injured? Would they have any financial protection?

Today, we want to discuss why you should offer benefits to contractors—and highlight the types of benefits to consider.

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How Can Healthcare Technology Help Support Your Employees?

Posted by Jaime Laprise on Nov 1, 2018 11:34:12 AM

Our lives are busier than ever, and finding the time to take care of our health can sometimes feel impossible. But while technology may be part of the problem, it’s also part of the solution.

The healthcare industry is working hard to bring innovative technologies to clients and patients, making it easier for them to access the care they need. By empowering people to take charge of their own health, these platforms are transforming the way we think about wellness.

Let’s take a look at the latest technology in healthcare today.

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Worried About Work-Related Back Pain? Here’s How to Prevent It

Posted by Corinne Prevost on Oct 25, 2018 9:42:12 AM

From tense shoulders to slipped discs, work-related back pain is a major issue for employees and employers alike.

Not only are musculoskeletal issues the second leading cause of long-term disability claims, they can also affect workers’ mental health and increase distraction at the office (source). In severe cases, staff with back complaints may need to take extra time off to deal with their symptoms.

In this blog, we’ll look at what causes back pain and offer simple, actionable tips for how to prevent it.

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Expanding into the US? What to Know About Employee Benefits for Your American Staff

Posted by Guest Blogger: Chad Rowley on Oct 18, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Are you a Canadian-based employer with staff in the US? How can you best manage your benefits plan for this special group?

In this blog, we’ll discuss how to navigate employee benefits for US workers, so you can keep your entire team happy and protected—wherever they are.

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How to Deal With Workplace Bullying

Posted by Preet Pall on Oct 11, 2018 10:20:47 AM

Bullying is a hot topic in today’s workplaces. More and more people are recognizing bullying as a problem, and employers want to do their part to create a safer workplace for all.

But how can you prevent bullying at work? And what can you do if it does become a problem?

In this blog, we’ll discuss how to recognize the signs of bullying, and what actions you can take to correct any issues.

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Ask the Experts: Check Out This Essential Industry Panel Discussion

Posted by Kandy Cantwell on Oct 4, 2018 11:02:06 AM

Last week, we hosted an “Ask the Experts” panel here in Vancouver. We wanted to give our clients the opportunity to ask specific questions directly to industry experts. We had a great discussion, and attendees learned tons of valuable information.

Now, for those of you who couldn’t make it, we’ve compiled the questions and answers into this blog post. So if you want to learn more about cannabis in the workplace, issues around termination, an employer’s duty to accommodate, and more, then read on!

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What is an Individual Pension Plan? How to Retire With More

Posted by Judith Mewhort on Sep 27, 2018 10:01:42 AM

2018 saw the introduction of big changes to the taxation of small business income. As a business owner, you may be looking for alternative retirement savings solutions, now that income splitting and investment income is limited.

One such option is the Individual Pension Plan (IPP). In this blog, we’ll discuss how an IPP works, and how it can help you grow your retirement income more quickly.

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Employee Benefits Canada: How to Create the Ultimate Plan

Posted by Kandy Cantwell on Sep 20, 2018 11:44:03 AM

Do you have employees stationed north of the border? Are you ready to implement a Canadian benefits plan?

In our blog, Canadian Benefits 101: Advice for Foreign-Based Employers, we discussed how Canada’s healthcare landscape is unique in many ways. So when looking at employee benefits in Canada, creating the right plan for your needs can be challenging.

Luckily, it doesn’t have to be. In this blog, we’ll break down the process, so you can better understand the next steps. Let’s get started.

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Are You Ready for the 2019 Canada Pension Plan Increase?

Posted by Judith Mewhort on Sep 13, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Starting in January 2019, the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) will kick off a 7-year enhancement process, bringing major changes for employers and employees alike. Today, CPP benefits replace about 25% of employees’ pre-retirement income up to an annual maximum. But under the revised plan, they’ll replace closer to 33%.

What does this mean for you as an employer? In this blog, we’ll outline the key changes that lie ahead and what you can do to prepare for them.

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Want to Improve Productivity? Help Employees Sleep Better

Posted by Shelley Lai on Sep 6, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Sleep is often underrated. But whether you realize it or not, Canada is experiencing a sleep epidemic.

In fact, we are the third most sleep deprived nation in the world, on par with the US (source).

And lack of sleep strongly correlates with low productivity. If your employees are sleep deprived, your business can take a hit—as much as $3,156 per employee annually (source).

While you can't revamp employees' home lives, you can lead them toward healthy habits. In this blog, we’ll discuss strategies to help your employees get enough z's—so they can show up to work bright-eyed and fully engaged.

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