Category Archives: Employee Benefits

Employers are Struggling to Balance Benefit Costs with Employee Well-Being

With the pandemic expected to continue well into 2021, employers are struggling to balance benefit costs with employee well-being. Canadian employers want to focus on employee well-being during the increased pressures from the pandemic but face the reality of declining revenue and the need to reduce costs. According to a new survey by Arthur J.…
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Using Virtual Wellness to Improve Employee Health

DENT Benefits has always promoted overall employee health and wellness. COVID-19 has disrupted work-life routines, requiring employers and advisors like DENT to evolved with the changing landscape and ensure employees continue to be supported in the “new normal.” Using virtual wellness to improve employee health during the pandemic is a great way to provide support…
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Five Keys for Employers in the COVID-19 Pandemic’s Second Wave

It is no secret the COVID-19 cases are rising across the country. A second wave of increasing infections bring uncertainty to the workplace as return-to-work plans become return-to-home plans. For the many business owners who are wondering how they can help their employees adapt, here are five keys for employers in the COVID-19 pandemic’s second…
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Pandemic is Driving Large Increases in Claims for Mental-Health Drugs

The Coronavirus Pandemic is driving large increases in claims for mental-health drugs. Claims for medications treating mental health issues such as anxiety and depression have reached 97% of 2019’s total claim volume, by the end of August 2020. This is according to new data from Express Scripts Canada. 2020 has also seen a 20% increase…
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Overall Employee Health will be Important to Small Businesses Post-COVID

While the same was true before the pandemic, it has become clear over the past few months that overall employee health will be important to small businesses post-COVID. Many savvy business owners know that the physical, psychological, and financial components of health are all interconnected. In May 2018, Desjardins conducted a survey to measure these…
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How the BC Employer Health Tax is Expected to Impact Employees

Before COVID, one of the biggest stories in BC was the new BC Employer Health Tax, or “payroll tax.” This new tax coincided with the elimination of MSP monthly premiums paid by individuals, effectively shifting the financial burden of health care premiums from individuals to business owners. Now that some time has past, here is…
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Group Benefits are Evolving towards Flexible Plans

Group benefits are evolving towards flexible plans in a response to changing employee needs and the inability of traditional benefits packages to address all employee concerns. According to the 2020 Sanofi Canada Health-Care Survey, 72% of Canadians still have a traditional plan and 28% have a flexible (flex) plan. That is an increase from 2017…
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