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Provincial Health Care – Easy reference for temporary absences

Did you know that you can only be away for a certain length of time in order to maintain your provincial health care coverage? If you or your family members are going to be travelling or away for more than 6 consecutive months, it is important...

Tax Treatment of Group Benefits

Need a refresher about the taxation of benefits premiums? This handy guide can help ensure that your payroll and tax reporting aligns with provincial and federal requirements: Click here to download our Group Benefits Taxation; Quick facts...

How Bill 17 Will Affect You

Many businesses are unaware of how the recent introduction of Bill 17 in Alberta will impact their business, their benefits, and compensation for all employees. The Fair and Family-Friendly Workplaces Act came in to effect 1 Jan 2018 with the intention of modernizing provincial workplace...

Tips for Plan Administrators

Administering a benefits plan is an important job that requires time, effort, and education. With a new year underway, we thought it timely to provide a bit of a refresher to help you avoid mishaps and ensure the successful administration of your plan. Check your Business...

Duty to Accommodate, Made Easy

During Vital Partners’ recent panel discussion on Disability Management, panelists Jill Wilkie of Miller Thompson, Carol Laisnez of Dynamic Insight Corp., and Alannah Turner of Salopek Associates Inc considered duty to accommodate and provided examples of how these manifest in the workplace. Under Human Rights Legislation,...

New Dental Fee Guide for Alberta

You may have heard that the Alberta Dental Association and College (ADAC) recently released its first new Dental Fee Guide since 1997. The ADAC fee guide and details can be found here: Alberta Dental Association and College Dental Fee Guide How will this affect benefit plans? This...

E.I. Premium and Maximum Increases for 2018

The federal government has announced an increase in the employment insurance maximum insurable earnings for 2018. Starting on January 1, 2018, the maximum insurable earnings will be $51,700 per year. The maximum benefit amount will then be $547 per week. Benefits plans that participate in the...

What is a Health Spending Account, and who can set one up?

Individual health plans and group benefit plans rarely cover 100% of every cost incurred by plan members throughout the year. Business owners and self-employed individuals have turned to setting up a health spending account (HSAs) to cover expenses that would normally be paid out of...