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Important changes to the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board

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News Release

Release Date: 08/09/2019
Staff Reference: Kevin Dorse

CLHIA

Staff Reference: Kevin Dorse

(Toronto, August 9, 2019) – The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA) welcomes today’s final amendments to the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB) regulations as a crucial step to lower prescription drug costs for all Canadians.

“The changes announced today will mean lower costs for prescription medicines whether they are provided by governments or through workplace plans offered by employers to 25 million Canadians,” Stephen Frank, President and CEO of the CLHIA said. “This modernization is good news for all Canadians who are currently paying some of the highest drug prices in the world.”

Read the full article here.

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Are employee assistance programs worth the investment?

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Are employee assistance programs worth the investment? | HRD Canada

Having access to employee assistance programs (EAPs) may be the answer to keeping workers happy, healthy and engaged, according to the findings of a new study on employer-sponsored support services.

While not all EAPs are the same, evidence published in the Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health pointed to the positive effects of EAPs on the wellbeing and overall life and job satisfaction of program participants.

Canadians who were given up to 12 hours of counselling per year under such programs showed higher engagement and improved mental health, as well as reduced presenteeism and work-related stress.

Read the full article here.


Millennial workers most likely to contemplate suicide

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How can HR care for suicidal employees? by Rachel Ranosa – 13 June 2019

Millennial workers most likely to contemplate suicide | HRD Canada

In the midst of a stressful work environment, Millennials are said to have the highest tendency of considering suicide out of all employee age groups.

In fact, this demographic of young workers is reportedly five times more likely to contemplate suicide than workers from the Baby Boomer generation, according to a new study from US healthcare provider Catapult Health.

Read the full article here.


BC Workplace Laws: New Legislation in Effect

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Excellent article from MathewsDinsdale regarding the new workplace legislation that has received Royal Assent.

MathewsDinsdale – May 31, 2019

New workplace legislation is in force in British Columbia, which will have a significant operational impact on employers across the province. Earlier this month, we provided updates regarding proposed amendments to both the British Columbia Labour Relations Code and Employment Standards Act, which have now quickly pushed through British Columbia’s legislature and received Royal Assent on May 30, 2019.

Read the full article here.

Read their latest “In a Flash” entitled An Overhaul of BC’s Employment Standards Legislation: Bill 8 – What Employers Need to Know here.


B.C. minimum wage to climb by $1.20 an hour Saturday, will hit $15.20 by 2021

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By Simon LittleOnline Journalist  Global News

Minimum wage in British Columbia will increase by $1.20 to $13.85 for most low-wage workers in the province on Saturday.

The 9.5 per cent jump follows a $1.30 increase in the minimum wage on June 1, 2018.

The minimum wage for liquor servers is also climbing by $1.30 to $12.70 per hour, while the monthly minimum for resident caretakers will climb to $831.45, and the daily minimum for live-in camp leaders will climb to $110.87.

Check out the British Columbia Fact Sheet on Minimum Wages here


Join Our Team!

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Our significant and steady growth over the past few years has led us to search for a qualified team member to join our growing and enthusiastic firm!

We are:

  • An independent employee benefits, pension and HR consulting firm
  • Headquartered in Kelowna, British Columbia for 30 years, with offices in Abbotsford, Kamloops, Calgary, Winnipeg
  • Dedicated to providing industry-leading exceptional service to our clients located across Canada
  • Providing support and counsel for employee benefits, group retirement savings plans, HR , and Health & Wellness.

Benefits Support Specialist

Benefits Support Specialists are the face of ENCOMPASS to our employee benefit and pension clients. In this position, you will:

  • Provide a high level of customer service to clients and their employees including:
    • Problem Solving – clients will come to you wondering why a claim was denied or why something is not covered. You will work closely with the team to help our clients navigate through their benefits plan
    • Administration Support – you will create valuable reports for clients showing benefits usage, plan renewal information and marketing information so they are fully informed on their plan and plan options
    • Plan Administrator Support – you will support plan administrators in the day to day administration of their benefits plan
  • Help organize events including breakfast education sessions, client education sessions etc.
  • Complete general office administration
  • Work with the sales team to commit to the overall success of our business

Our ideal candidate

You have a burning desire to provide top-notch customer service to clients. You have attended post-secondary education or have related work experience in our industry with a general working knowledge of group insurance products, complimented by a high level of proficiency in Excel.  Strong analytical and problem solving skills are a must. You work ethic demonstrates that you are service and results oriented with a strong attention to detail.

You enjoy working with a close-knit group who works hard and plays hard with a very positive attitude.

Don’t know everything about the group insurance industry, don’t worry, we will train you!

What do we offer?

  • Team-oriented work environment
  • Attractive and rewarding compensation – base salary and profit sharing bonuses
  • Progressive employee benefits plan with HSA and CI, matching RRSP, etc.
  • Opportunities for professional development and growth including fully paid, ongoing training
  • A well-stocked kitchen to keep you going through the day
  • Excellent work-life balance
  • We have some fun with several staff events scheduled throughout the year and regular group walks in the park that is right across the street!

Can’t wait to get started?  Neither can we!  Email resume and cover letter, including why you believe you would fit this role, and salary expectations to:   greg@encompassbenefits.com

Candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

Check out our website www.encompassbenefits.com


An Overhaul of BC’s Employment Standards Legislation: Bill 8 – What Employers Need to Know

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An Overhaul of BC’s Employment Standards Legislation: Bill 8 – What Employers Need to Know | Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP April 30, 2018

Bill 8 – The Employment Standards Amendment Act, 2019 was introduced to the legislative assembly yesterday afternoon, April 29, 2019.  The Bill contains extensive amendments to the Employment Standards Act (the “ESA”), the core piece of legislation governing British Columbia’s non-unionized workplaces.

The Bill, which is not yet law, is expected to pass in the near future.

This is a significant development with far reaching cost and operational implications for employers. Read the full article here


What’s New in Employer Health Tax

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What’s New in Employer Health Tax – Province of British Columbia

New tutorial videos have been posted on the Employer Health Tax website which walk through the registration and enrollment process.

Latest updates

April 18, 2019

Need some help to register and enrol for an employer health tax account? Check out the new tutorial videos to help you get started:

April 16, 2019

Employers that have recently amalgamated, or are planning to amalgamate, must contact us at 1 877 387-3332 or ITBTaxQuestions@gov.bc.ca for more information about registering, filing and paying employer health tax.

Check out the Government of British Columbia site for full details

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/taxes/tax-changes/whats-new/employer-health-tax.


Celiac Medical Expenses for Tax Deductions

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For people living with Celiac Disease, you will be happy to know that the Canada Revenue Agency does allow a tax deduction for the purchase of gluten free products.

The Canada Revenue Agency has all the information needed on their website.

Here is a summary:

  • The incremental cost of Gluten-free (GF) products is an eligible medical expense.
  • Eligible products are generally marketed specifically to the gluten free diet
  • The gluten free tax deduction is only eligible with  a medical note with diagnosis of Celiac Disease.
  • A summary of each purchase of gluten free products must be kept
  • A receipt for each purchase must be kept as well.

Please note: You can claim the difference between regular food and celiac equivalent.

Click here to read more about the medical expense from the Canada Revenue Agency.

Click here to download a sample worksheet for the Celiac Expense.


Our own Greg Shorter is presenting at the CPHR Round Table in Vernon

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Details below . . .

Vernon Roundtable – Group Benefits: Attract & Retain Top Talent
Date: April 24, 2019
Event start time: 7:30 am Pacific Time
Location: Community Futures North Okanagan

Greg Shorter – Greg earned his B.B.A with a focus in Human Resources from the Okanagan College conferred by UBC. He joined ENCOMPASS with over 13 years of Human Resources experience which included benefits management and payroll. With these years of front line experience, he has gained a strong understanding of the importance of employee support and communication, as well as the ability to provide a high level of client service. Greg is actively working towards his GBA designation.
 Seats are limited. You are required to register online (first come, first served).   Location
Community Futures, Community Boardroom – 3rd Floor, 3105 – 33rd Street, Vernon, B.C.  (street parking)

Time
7:30am – 9:00am
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Click on the link for more info:

https://eweb.cphrbc.ca/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?webcode=EventInfo&RegPath=EventRegFees&REg_evt_key=40be17da-2ac1-4f5d-8117-b877d905012a&Evt_guest_limit=0&_zs=4u6JM1&_zl=3d0F1#sthash.ru9oHLIW.XTi3fHoX.dpbs