Why Presenteeism Is The Silent Threat To Workplace Productivity

In order for your company to be a success, you need your people to be successful in their lives too. They need to be healthy, happy and productive in order to move ahead as a cohesive unit. The Globe and Mail actually hit it perfectly. “People are not machines. Without proper support, they may not perform to their full potential…

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Terminating Benefits At 65 Is A Slippery Slope

We’ve seen a massive shift in our collective attitudes towards equal rights in the workplace, but ageism is one area where we are seriously falling behind, and it can have a detrimental impact on our society. Pushing retirement and removing benefits are just twin elements tied into these archaic rules that haven’t been updated to reflect the new workplace. We…

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Why Taxable Employee Benefits Is A Lose-Lose Situation

Recent reports surfaced about how taxing employer-provided health and dental benefits would increase the federal net balance by $3.8 billion. While this might add significant figures to the government’s annual spend, it will greatly shrink the disposable income of middle-income earners across the country every year. It’s a lose-lose situation and the long-term implications for this country are huge. What…

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Is Telemedicine The Next Big Thing In Canadian Health Care?

The digital revolution has made impressive strides in redefining modern health care, and we’re once again seeing technology shake up this industry by making medical care more efficient for both patients and healthcare providers. This virtual healthcare, or “Doctor in a Pocket” model is providing a powerful new way to facilitate consultations between Canadian doctors and patients and provides a…

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Canada’s Top Employee Benefits Providers For 2017

It's spring, so in the employee benefits industry, that means that it's time for one of the leading benefits publications, Benefits Canada, to publish their list of the top employee benefits providers for 2017. Some years, you'll see large increases - mainly due to acquisitions (e.g. when Manulife purchased Standard Life). Not this year - the companies have remained the…

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Medical Cannabis In Group Benefits: A Question Of ‘When’ – Not ‘If’

As Canada is set to embark on being the first major industrialized nation to legalize cannabis, being an early leader in this field comes with sweeping changes on how it will be viewed from an insurance standpoint. With the political narrative maturing and the number of registered medical cannabis patients continuing to grow, it’s marking a major industry shift with…

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Trends And Takeaways From The 2018 TELUS Health Conference

Private insurance stakeholders have consistently rated the TELUS Health Annual Conference as the industry-leading source for information on trends across the health benefits ecosystem. The 2018 TELUS Health program provided us with leading intelligence on Canadian private drug and benefit plan data and trends. I was fortunate to have been among the top benefit consultants and group insurers at this…

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How to Protect Your Startup From Group Benefits Fraud

March is a month that is rich with big-ticket activities. The annual NCAA March Madness basketball tournament kicks off, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, and the start of spring (for us in the Northern Hemisphere.) But there’s another theme that flies under the radar that doesn’t get enough attention as it should – March is Fraud Prevention Month. Fraud Prevention Month…

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Wet Signatures: Are Insurance Providers Stuck In The Past?

How many physical documents have you signed in the past three months? Chance are, it's not very many. Maybe a form at the doctor's office or a driver’s license renewal. But cast your mind back: 10 or even 20 years ago if you can. You signed your name a lot more back then, didn't you? Credit card receipts. Cheques. Forms...…

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How Startups Can Support Employee Mental Health

Earlier this week I wrote about how governments and large businesses are helping erase the stigma around mental health in the workplace. In recent years, I’ve seen a growing number of my clients bring more attention to supporting the mental health and wellness of their employees. I’d like to see this trend continue to grow this year I hope the…

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