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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)


April 7th is World Health Day!

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World Health Day is celebrated every year on the founding day of the World Health Organization.  Established in 1950 this event has a theme each year to draw attention to a current world health issue.  The WHO puts together regional, local, and international events on this day related to that theme.  Local governments also tend to jump on this band-wagon, after all, global health means everyone!   On this day you may take some extra steps to care for your health, consider getting a gym membership (and going!), starting a diet, or starting multi-vitamins!

Even better, get involved with the local events or organize one yourself!  Spreading the news of health and threats to the same can be an excellent way to celebrate this holiday, and inform others of the important issue of global health.  Themes throughout the years have varied, but always covered important issues of the day, covering everything from the Global Polio Eradication, staying active while aging, even road safety.  All of these issues were deemed to be important enough to global health that they merited an occasion of their very own on this date.

Read the full article here  . . .

April is also,


Stay informed – stay healthy!

Happy Easter

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Wishing you and your families a safe and happy Easter weekend!

From the team at Encompass Benefits & HR Solutions