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Insurance Jargon, Decoded: Underwriting

Insurance underwriting is a term used to describe the process of assessing risk. Insurers want to make sure that they are collecting enough premium according to the individual’s risk. We use (the term) underwriting to describe an insurance application process. An underwriter or underwriting department are the individuals who are assessing...

Have you reviewed your benefits package lately?

No matter when your company’s year-end is, the start of a new calendar year brings us all into a fresh, renewed mindset. That’s why we want to share our annual review checklist so you can look back on the past year and plan ahead for...

Need to Know: Group Benefits – January 2016

It’s time for another edition of our monthly “Need to Know” series, where we rotate between our focus areas of Insurance and Employee Benefits. This month, our focus is on Benefits. Now that we have started the New Year, it may be a good time to...

Revisiting your Benefits Philosophy in Turbulent Economic Times

Lingering market turmoil in Alberta has forced employers in many industries to revisit their employee benefit programs in order to reduce costs. In these turbulent economic times, it is important to review your benefit plan philosophy to determine next steps. Some companies that have traditionally offered...

In the News: Business in Calgary, January 2016

How has the multi-generational workforce changed the benefits landscape? Our co-principal Jennifer Kirby shared her thoughts in the January issue of Business in Calgary. Here is an excerpt from the article called "Workplace Health and Wellness": "Health and wellness in the workplace is a very hot,...

Need to Know: Insurance – December 2015

It’s time for another edition of our monthly “Need to Know” series, where we rotate between our focus areas of Insurance and Employee Benefits. This month, our focus is on Insurance. In this month’s resource roundup, we are focusing on how to financially prepare for possible...

Insurance Jargon, Decoded: 31-day rule

One of the biggest advantages of being on a group plan is the fact that you or your dependents don’t have to answer health questions. But when your life changes, you have 31 days to report the change to the insurer through your HR department...

CPP and EI Changes in 2016

What can we look forward to the following changes to CPP, EI maximums and RRSP limits in 2016: Contribution limits The 2016 RRSP dollar limit has increased to $25,370. Defined Contribution Pension Plan (DCPP) - $26,010 Deferred Profit Sharing Plan (DPSP) - $13,00 Defined Benefit Pension Plan maximum pension limit (DBPP)...

Understanding the Financial Cost of Cancer

Cancer is a devastating diagnosis for many reasons – one of which is the financial hardship that it brings to patients and their families. In 2012, the Canadian Cancer Society released a report called “The Financial Hardship of Cancer in Canada: A Call to Action,” where...

Need to Know: Benefits – November 2015

It’s time for another edition of our monthly “Need to Know” series, where we rotate between our focus areas of Insurance and Employee Benefits. This month, our focus is on Benefits. This month, we are focusing on “reasonable and customary” fees. How do these terms affect...