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In the News: BeLocal.org, Oct. 1, 2015

We are proud to be a member of REAP Calgary, a "not-for-profit association for locally owned businesses that care about the community and the environment." REAP Calgary recently featured our sustainability efforts on their website, BeLocal.org. You can find the full article here. We're also pleased to...

Need to Know: Benefits – September 2015

Companies might be tempted to look into market their benefit plans, especially in Alberta where costs and potential layoffs are affecting the market. Here are some good resources on what to consider when looking for a new benefit plan. Check out our post on the reasons...

Best Practices in Plan Administration

One of the biggest worries that a new plan sponsor has in implementing a group benefits plan is the ongoing administration of the plan and making sure that the plan is running smoothly. The plan administrator, who may or may not be the owner of a...

Insurance Jargon, decoded: Conversion

This month, we talked about why it’s important for plan administrators to manage terminations properly when employees leave a group benefit plan. One of the main reasons that this is important is to notify that departing plan member of their conversion options. But what is conversion?...

In the News: HUMAN Capital Magazine, Fall 2015

Vital Partners Co-Founder and Principal Andrea Shandro has an article featured in the Fall 2015 edition of HUMANCapital magazine. HUMANCapital is the HRIA's quarterly member’s magazine. Each issue delivers strategic advice to help inform human resources and business leaders. Check out this excerpt from the article: Benefits renewals...

Event: Employment Law Refresher

We invite you to join us for an informative session on navigating employment law. Vital Partners has teamed up with Carbert Waite LLP for this great session. Our goal is to provide you with concrete tools to navigate employment law. Employment Law Refresher - Top 5...

When to market your benefits plan

Recent economic shifts have started to affect employee benefit programs in Alberta. Many companies are finding that employees are quickly trying to use their benefits in anticipation that they may lose benefits in the event of a layoff, so renewal pricing can reflect this inflated demand. Insurance...

In the News: Business in Calgary – September 2015

What can employers do to help promote physical and mental health at work? Our principal Jennifer Kirby spoke with Business in Calgary on the subject. Here's an excerpt from the article: According to Jennifer Kirby, principal with Calgary-based Vital Partners, "Although it's really catching on nationally,...

Need to Know: Insurance – August 2015

Welcome to the August issue of our monthly blog series on industry issues, where we rotate between our focus areas of Insurance and Employee Benefits. This month, our focus is on Insurance. In the June edition of our “Need to Know” series, we provided resources on...

Insurance jargon, decoded: Reasonable & Customary Limits

For most Albertans, going to the dentist with their group benefit card in hand can be a source of frustration. Benefits offered through an individual health and dental plan or group plan, which may promise to cover 80% or even 100% of a regular check-up...