Wellness in the workplace: Empty hype or important trend?
Over the past decade wellness in the workplace has been gaining more attention. Why is that? Consider this: • Employees spend 2/3 of their awake time at work. • The workplace has the greatest impact on health and health-related behaviours. • Health affects how an employee does their job and consequently affects productivity. • The… View Article
January 15, 2020 6:15 pm
Pharmacogenetics: What is it, and what does it have to do with your benefits?
phar·ma·co·ge·net·ics /ˌfärməkōjəˈnediks/ Noun 1. the branch of pharmacology concerned with the effect of genetic factors on reactions to drugs What you need to know about pharmacogenetics Pharmacogenetics: Have you heard this new term being mentioned in different health discussions? It’s one of the latest evolutions in drug tests, and it has now reached the group benefits… View Article
November 28, 2019 3:58 pm
Problems with group benefits you might have forgotten about
We often discuss some of the more common challenges surrounding group benefits. While these problems are important, there are also a few lesser-known issues that are just as crucial to keep in mind. Let’s take a look at four problems with group benefits you might have forgotten about: Keep your contract current and up-to-date If… View Article
October 16, 2019 9:30 am
7 employee benefits that aren’t insurance benefits
These are changing times. With many employers facing challenges finding and hiring employees, it’s interesting to take a look at the creative tools some of our clients have used to find and keep their new hires. Certainly, insurance benefits are one recruiting tool, but there are many employee benefits that aren’t insurance benefits that are… View Article
September 24, 2019 5:16 pm
Thinking of adding a Retirement Plan?
If your plan includes a Retirement Plan, congratulations! You’ve given your company a critical competitive hiring advantage; a Retirement Plan is key tool for recruiting and attracting new employees to your organization. And of course, adding a Retirement Plan is a great way to reward your current employees, and helps improve retention and staff tenure… View Article
May 15, 2019 9:27 am
Is cheating your group insurance plan fraud?
You bet it is, and carriers are — understandably — doing more than ever to educate employees that cheating your group insurance plan is fraud and will not be tolerated. In fact, these more aggressive actions by carriers have resulted in employees being charged, and employers in turn are terminating employees who cheat their group… View Article
April 30, 2019 1:59 pm
As an employer, do your group benefits expose you to legal risk?
Technological innovations have made group plan administration easier than ever. With online enrolment and online claims processing and billings, both you and your employees can interact and manage your benefits plans anytime, anywhere. But with this evolution, there has been a shift in where the burden of responsibility and liability lies. While employers have empowered their… View Article
March 18, 2019 1:19 pm
Three reasons why group benefits are so costly — and how you can address them
Group benefit costs continue to rise, but that’s not something you don’t already know. What you might not realize is why. Naturally, there are many varying reasons for general rate adjustments, and we don’t need to discuss the various justifications for why health and dental costs are on the rise. But it is worth reviewing… View Article
February 6, 2019 7:13 pm
Virtual Doctor Services: Are You Ready to Offer This Benefit to Your Employees?
We’re living in an era where things change fast! We’ve seen it as technological advances are made in so many areas, from home appliances and automobiles to communications. Medical services are no exception, as we’re currently seeing the emergence of virtual doctor services. The concept is just as you’d surmise, given the name. Where offered,… View Article
January 23, 2019 11:10 pm
If you have travel coverage in your group plan, do you need to buy individual travel coverage for your trip?
Travel coverage has evolved of late. This is in part due to the world becoming a smaller place and many of us travelling more frequently. We are often asked whether employees should buy individual travel coverage or rely on the group plan’s travel coverage. All plans differ and so the key is to know what… View Article
December 6, 2018 9:30 pm