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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...

Travel Coverage for Family Getaways

Increasingly, baby boomers are considering multi-generational vacations. When planning your next family vacation, here are a few important tips relating to travel coverage: Check your existing policies to make sure who is covered. The definition of “family” can vary between insurers. Are there discounts available...

Insurance Jargon, Decoded: Definitions of Disability

Many people are covered with disability benefits through their workplace, and fewer still are covered by individual disability insurance policies. But what is the difference between these types of coverage, and what does the terminology mean? Group insurance contracts regularly stipulate that you are considered disabled...

In the News: HUMANCapital Magazine, Fall 2017

Vital Partners Co-Principal has contributed an article to the Fall 2017 issue of HUMANCapital Magazine, the official publication of CPHR Alberta. This issue focuses on the multi-generational workplace, and Andrea's article, entitled "One Size Might Not Fit All in a Multi-Generational Workplace," discusses what employers can...