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 http://www.encompassbenefits.com/scholarship.php

You can email directly to   service@encompassbenefits.com

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  . . .    https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/world-health-day/

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

Price reductions on nearly 70 generic drugs sold in Canada

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A new agreement between the pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance and the Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association will reduce the prices of nearly 70 generic drugs.  The included drugs are used to treat conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and depression.

Under the January 29 agreement, the prices of these generic drugs will be reduced by 25% to 40%.  Effective April 1, the prices will be as low as 10% to 18% of the cost of their brand name equivalents for all Canadians covered by a public or private drug insurance plan.  The drugs are manufactured by several companies to ensure a stable supply and pricing will vary by province.





Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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Wishing you and your families a very “Happy St. Patrick’s Day”  from all of us at ENCOMPASS Benefits & HR Solutions!

Breakfast Education Session – Spring 2018

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Thank you to everyone for making the Breakfast Education such a success!

As we prepared to welcome you to the morning session – we took a minute to enjoy the Hotel Eldorado and the beautiful surroundings   – we got to share information, each others company and a wonderful breakfast.

We hope that you benefited from this experience – thank you for the positive feedback!!

If you have any suggestions or topics of interest that you would like us to touch base on for the next session please let us know.  Looking forward to welcoming you to the fall session.


International Women’s Day 2018

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Today is International Women’s Day – celebrate the amazing women in your life!!!

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first​ ​March 8​ ​IWD gathering supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to this the​ Socialist Party of America, United Kingdom’s Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups campaigned for women equality. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organisation specific.​ Make IWD your day! – everyday!


#IWD2018 #PressforProgress

Medical Marijuana RX?

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Doctors should think twice before prescribing medical marijuana: guideline . . . this supports the BC College of Physicians as well as the Mayo Clinic’s reports along with many industry leading professionals.  Are we prepared to consider the by-products of this social and cultural direction?

The Simplified Guideline for Prescribing Medical Cannabinoids in Primary Care, published Thursday in the medical journal Canadian Family Physician, says there is limited evidence to support the reported benefits of medical marijuana for many conditions. (Read the guideline below).

It adds that any benefit could be balanced or even outweighed by the potential harm.

“While enthusiasm for medical marijuana is very strong among some people, good quality research has not caught up,” project leader Mike Allan, director of evidence-based medicine at the University of Alberta, said in a news release.

The guideline was created by a committee of 10 researchers after an in-depth review of clinical trials. It was peer reviewed by 40 others, including doctors, pharmacists, nurses and patients.

As reported in Global News Feb 15, 2018 – read the full article here

Doctors should think twice before prescribing medical marijuana: guideline


Breakfast Education Seminar – Save the date: Tuesday, 13 March 2018

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Join us for an intriguing discussion as Organizational Solutions Inc. will be addressing disability management challenges. They will share how we can sustain these rising costs while helping to manage the physical and emotional impact of illness or disability.

Manulife Financial will be discussing generational differences and the impact on plan utilization, 2018 Health and Dental Trends, plus other important, informative (and sometimes confusing) benefits topics.

Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Liz Scott – Organizational Solutions Inc.
Bringing over 25 years of experience and expertise within Disability Management, Dr. Liz Scott is the Principal & CEO of OSI, author of “Comprehensive Disability Management” and respected professor at McGill, Guelph and Ryerson Universities.

Peter Katrakis – Manulife Financial
Group Benefits Account Executive with over 10 years of experience; Peter provides both clients & brokers with expertise, an eye for detail and sound advice within the Benefits space.

Jason Moseley – Manulife Financial
Benefits Account Executive with a breadth of experience spanning the insurance and banking industries; Jason brings a “Make it Better” mantra while servicing locally within BC

Where:  Hotel El Dorado 500 Cook Road (On the Lake), Kelowna, BC V1W 3G9

When:  Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Time: 7:30 AM: Breakfast
8:00 AM sharp – 10:30 AM: Seminar
Where: Hotel Eldorado,  500 Cook Rd, Kelowna, BC, V1W 3G9

Reservations Required – Limited Seating
Please RSVP to: service@encompassbenefits.com

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