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November 2, 2016: HR Exchange – Your Questions. Answered.

Do you have questions about managing performance, termination, compensation, policy manuals? Vital Partners Inc. invites you to attend "HR Exchange - Your Questions. Answered," a free session on November 2, 2016 at the Ranchmen's Club in Calgary, AB. We've assembled a diverse group of HR professionals to answer...

Upcoming Changes to the Employment Insurance Waiting Period

The Federal Government, in response to the current economic climate and as part of the 2016 Federal Budget, has made changes to Employee Insurance (EI) benefits. The waiting period for claiming EI benefits, including sickness benefits, will be reduced to one week starting on January 1,...

Insurance Jargon, Decoded: Grandfathering

In a previous post, we described how non-evidence maximums impact plan members. Well, imagine an employee who applies for additional life, long-term disability insurance by answering medical questions. That employee is approved, and now enjoys that additional protection. Now imagine that the benefit plan moves to a...

Understanding Benchmarking

“What’s the typical benefit plan? What do most people offer?” This is a common question as we work with clients who have either never offered benefits or who are undertaking a benefits review. The answer is not easily come by. A typical benefit plan differs considerably...

When Employees Who Could Benefit the Most Don’t Participate

How can you capture the interest of your employees in the programs that you offer? The following is a guest post by Morgan Ulmer, AFCC, of CentsAbility. In this post, she discusses how employers can best reach out to their employees who may best benefit...

Need to Know: Insurance – September 2016

It’s time for another edition of our “Need to Know” series, where we rotate between our focus areas of Insurance and Employee Benefits. This month, our focus is on Individual Insurance.  January 1, 2017 is quickly approaching, and with it, new rules that will affect permanent...

Workplace Health & Wellness: Yoga #2

Did you know that yoga reduces stress and increases concentration? That is why we created a YouTube series that features desk yoga moves you can do to keep you from getting too bent out of shape. Up this week: Sitting with Books Sitting with books grounds your...

Insurance Jargon, Decoded: Whole life vs. Term Life Insurance

When working with clients, we are often asked, “What is whole life insurance?” and “What is the difference between whole life and term insurance?” In a nutshell, here are the differences: Term life insurance offers protection for the term of the contract and the premiums are...

A Window of Opportunity: Tax changes for permanent life insurance in 2017

New rules affecting permanent (participating or universal life) life insurance are coming into effect as of January 1, 2017. If you currently have term insurance and are considering permanent coverage in the future, you might want to convert your coverage before January 1st. Please note...

Travel Insurance: What you need to know

Frequently, news stories arise detailing how individuals who had purchased travel insurance get stuck with a huge medical bill. For this reason, we wanted to share some tips to help ensuring that your travel claim will be paid out. 1. Medical health questionnaires can be required...