When is it Time to Kick Your Employee Benefits Provider to the Curb?

When To Change Benefit Carriers

  When to change benefit carriers?  The quick answer is only after you’ve exhausted all other avenues with your existing carrier. Many brokers will paint this portrait of changing to their carrier will be less expensive, better service, greater satisfaction levels for employees and a vast improvement over your previous supplier.  Reality is often a much different scenario.  In fact, … Read More

How Much Should I Budget for my First Employee Benefits Plan?

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So you’re challenged to get the best employees because you don’t offer a benefit plan.  You run the risk of losing a valuable employee because you don’t have a benefit plan. You want to offer security to employees, but you don’t want to jeopardize your company’s bottom line in the process. What will a benefit plan cost my business? Whatever is … Read More

How Can Your Benefits Plan Benefit From a Third Party Administrator?

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A prospective client asked me recently ‘why use a Third Party Administrator?’  I thought this was a blog-worthy item of interest and write about it this week as this is not the first time I’ve been asked this question. First of all, it’s important to understand what a TPA is all about and what role do they fulfil within the … Read More

Why Don’t You Want to be a Business Owner Without a Benefits Plan?

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Should You Be Paying Personally for Health and Dental Expenses? In short, the answer is no. You can pay more taxes, but why would you? As business owners, the CRA gives us very few opportunities to do things in a tax-preferred way. Business owners are entitled to write off legitimate health and dental expenses through your business. There are a … Read More

9 Best Practices to Setting Up a Successful Employee Benefit Plan

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All Employee Benefit Plans Should Not Be Created Equal When setting up an employee benefit plan, not enough attention is paid to future sustainability and the important considerations that need to be taken into account setting up an employee benefit plan or changing benefit providers. Weigh these tips very carefully when going through the set-up process and you can avoid … Read More

Is it Time to Get Rid of Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance?

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Most companies have Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance (AD&D) on their group benefit plans but should they? This type of insurance provides benefits for injury resulting in loss or permanent and total loss of use of body parts.  It also pays out a benefit in the event of death caused by an accident on or off the job.  It’s a … Read More