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Hope for the Nations – The Chasing Justice Event

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Are you ready to be inspired?

Hope for the Nations, and Encompass Benefits & HR Solutions Inc., are proud to present The Chasing Justice event. It is an engaging and informative call to action, to raise awareness of social injustice on an international scale. Featuring panel discussions and presentations from three amazing organizations about the work they’re doing and how they’re fighting injustice around the world:

Justice Rising – Transforming War Zones Through Education

Love Justice International – Loving People and Fighting for Justice

International Justice Mission – Ending Slavery in Our Lifetime

By listening to the stories these organizations share, we can take the first important steps toward taking action and encouraging others to join the global community in fighting injustice. If you’ve ever felt inspired to make a difference, to get involved in social injustice on a global scale, this event will be sure to educate and present the opportunity to contribute to growing initiatives around the world.

We invite you to join us from 6pm-7pm for a social mixer featuring passed appetizers and market table offerings from Start Fresh Kitchen. A cash bar will also be available featuring beer and wine options.

WHEN: Thursday November 29th

WHERE: The Innovation Centre Atrium and Theatre (460 Doyle Avenue)


6.00 p.m.  Reception with Appetizers (from Start Fresh Kitchen) & Cash Bar

7.00 p.m.  Presentations

8.30 p.m.  Panel Discussion – Question & Answer Session

Purchase your tickets here:


Breakfast Education Session – Fall 2018

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With 4 Key Topics – Handouts & Guaranteed Takeaways . . .

Join us for a timely discussion on the new Cannabis legislation, identifying Fraud, Virtual On-line Doctors and Retirement Options.

With our Keynote Speakers:

Norma Crouse – Assistant Vice President, Claims & Administration
Equitable Life of Canada

The changing face of Fraud.
With over 20 years of financial experience with 3 of the top Financial Service providers in the country – including 11 years with Equitable Life.  Norma brings with her valuable knowledge and expertise on the identification and investigation of fraud in our industry.

Kimberley Darling – Kent Employment Law

During her nearly 20 years of litigation experience, Kim has seen it all, from builder’s liens, to drug prosecutions, negligent building inspections and, of course, employment matters.

New Legislation  · Impact on workplace · Workplace Impairment Policies
Duty to accommodate  · Rights and responsibilities as an employer

Where:  Prestige Hotel  1675 Abbott St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 8S3

When:  Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Time: 7:30 AM: Breakfast
8:00 AM sharp – 11:00 AM: Seminar

(Parking will be free)

Reservations Required – Limited Seating – please RSVP by 19 October 2018
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Employer Health Tax (EHT)

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The government of BC will be implementing the new Employer Health Tax (EHT) effective January 1, 2019.  The Medical Services Plan premiums (MSPP) were reduced by 50% on Jan 1, 2018 and will be eliminated on January 1, 2020.

Individual taxpayers pay MSP premiums while the proposed EHT will be paid through an employers annual payroll tax.   Tax rates will be based on employment income and taxable benefits. The chart below shows the proposed tax rates for defined payroll ranges.

Annual BC Payroll Annual Tax Tax as a percent of Payroll
$500,000 or less 0 0.00%
$750,000 $7,313 0.98%
$1,000,000 $14,625 1.46%
$1,250,000 $21,938 1.76%
$1,500,000 $29,950 1.95%
$29,250 plus 1.95% of payroll
over $1,500,000 over $1.5 million 1.95%


Legislation is to be enacted in the fall of 2018 when complete details will be available.

For full information and calculation structure see the Government Notice here Ministry of Finance Employer Health Tax Notice

Beginning July 3, 2018 – expanded coverage of insulin pumps in BC

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How to obtain coverage for insulin pumps in BC  . . .

  • The person speaks to their endocrinologist or diabetes specialist about whether an insulin pump is appropriate.
  • If the person meets the eligibility criteria, the physician will complete and submit a Special Authority request to PharmaCare.
  • PharmaCare Special Authority will review the request.
  • If approved, Special Authority will send an approval letter (including instructions on how to obtain the approved pump model) to the requesting physician.
  • The physician will provide a copy of this letter to the person.
  • The person will follow the instructions provided to order their pump, and provide a copy of the approval letter to the insulin pump vendor.
  • If approved, insulin pump coverage is provided for the device itself. Insulins are covered separately.
  • PharmaCare covers the rapid-acting insulins used in insulin pumps, up to a maximum allowable cost.

Similar to drugs covered by PharmaCare, the government will pay first and then if there are any costs associated with the purchase then the Group Benefits plan (depending on your provider and coverage) may cover the rest.

This is the link where you can find more information about this program:

If you have any questions regarding this or any other concern, please contact your advisor.

Update to our Scholarship Program

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Just a brief update to let you know that we are still in process of selecting our award recipient.  As we extended the deadline to accept applications – we need a little more time to process.

As soon as we have made our selection we will announce it here.

Thank you for your patience and enjoy the weekend!

June – National Awareness Month

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The month of June includes the following notable days . . . while some on the list state specific days – the message is for year round awareness regarding health, safety & the environment…


Happy Victoria Day Weekend!

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The Victoria Day long weekend is here!

We hope that you take this time to relax with family & friends.

From the Team at ENCOMPASS – wishing you a safe & happy long weekend!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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From all of us at ENCOMPASS Benefits – we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a wonderful weekend and a very Happy Mother’s Day!

Extension for Scholarship Submissions

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Thank you to everyone for their submissions to date for the scholarship – we have decided to extend the deadline to the 30th of April 2018 to give you a little extra time to get your documents in.

Criteria for Applicants:

  1. Parent or Guardian must be an employee of a client of ENCOMPASS Benefits and HR Solutions Inc. as of April 1st of each year.
  2. You must be graduating from high school during the calendar year.
  3. You must be enrolled in a post-secondary program at an accredited college/university/bible college for the following academic year.
  4. You must have an acceptable GPA of 2.5 or higher in your final year of high school.
  5. You must complete the Educational Award and Scholarship Program Application and submit it to our offices by April 15th – extended to April 30th this year! – along with any corroborating documents.

For more information please go to

You can email directly to

Thank you and good luck!!!

Changes are coming to the BC Employment Standards Act

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BC Government is proposing the following – subject to approval

  • Start pregnancy leave 13 weeks prior to due date (increased from current 11)
  • Take the full 18 months leave to align with the recent EI changes (spreading 12 months of EI leave over 18 months) and ensuring job protection for the full 18 months
  • 52 weeks unpaid leave if child is missing due to crime (brand new)
  • 104 weeks if child under 19 passes away in any circumstance (unpaid). Up from current bereavement of 3 days
  • Compassionate care leave – up to 27 weeks unpaid (up from current 8)