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New Details Emerge on the BC Employer Health Tax

As we discussed in our previous article about the new Employer Health Tax, the NDP government announced its new tax would take effect starting January 1st 2019.  The BC Employer health tax is designed to assist the government in eliminating MSP premiums paid by employees scheduled for January 1st, 2020. The government will be releasing…
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Is Medical Marijuana Included in Your Employee Benefit Plan?

With the legalization of recreational marijuana, business owners and insurers are cautiously exploring coverage for medical marijuana as well. Medical marijuana has been legal since 2001, and Canada is a pioneer in its use for a variety of ailments. However, is medical marijuana included in your employee benefit plan? Should it be and what does…
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Engage Your Employees when Making Benefit Plan Changes

It is important to engage your employees when making benefit plan changes to avoid turnover and show that you value their input. Giving employees a chance to share their views is important when making any benefit plan changes; whether you’re introducing new benefits, scaling back benefits or changing the design of your plan. Employees today…
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What are Flexible Benefits? Are they Beneficial?

In a world where everything is customizable, it’s not a shock that group benefits are becoming more flexible as well. In the world of group benefits, flexible benefits (or flex benefits) are considered to be the hot new product, whereas traditional benefits plans can seem boring and cumbersome. There are advantages and disadvantages to for…
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Employee Benefits Commonly Overlooked

Employee benefits are designed to keep employees happy, healthy and productive for the business. Most benefit plans contain your standard extended health and dental coverage, but there are many employee benefits commonly overlooked when developing an employee retention strategy. Here we will discuss some of the major overlooked benefits and how they can have a…
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Many BC Businesses are Not Ready for Legal Marijuana

Legalized cannabis is fast-approaching in Canada, yet many BC businesses are not ready for legal marijuana. People have varying opinions on the subject, but despite your own personal views, Canadians voted for a government that put the legalization of marijuana as a major part of its platform. The goal is to regulate a massive and…
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Common Employee Benefit Plan Myths

With over 100 years of combined experience in the insurance and employee benefits industry, there are a number of common employee benefit plan myths that we see interacting with small business owners. When choosing an employee benefits plan, or upgrading an existing on, be sure you can separate fabrication from the truth! Here are just…
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Leveraging Technology to Streamline Group Benefit Plan Administration

DENT is proud to work with benefits providers that are leveraging technology to streamline group benefit plan administration, and improve the experience of the plan members. After all, if either the administrator or user finds the group benefits program arduous, the business will only suffer in the long-term. Technology is constantly evolving and shifting, staying…
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