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  • Group Benefits | Small Biz Advisor - Part 3
    BY Sun Life Financial September 17 2015 It s no secret mental health issues continue to take a tremendous toll on Canadian Wellness to weather the business storm BY Leah Warner Employee Wellness Solutions Network September 15 2015 Even during difficult times many companies continue to fund wellness despite economic restraint in other Ways clients can introduce wellness programs BY Michelle Schriver September 9 2015 Wellness programs don t have to be costly Choosing ones that gel with small businesses Bring up wellness during HR policy drafting with SMEs BY Michelle Schriver September 3 2015 Sixty six per cent of respondents to Morneau Shepell s annual survey on trends in human resources How to nudge people to make better benefits decisions BY Alyssa Hodder BenefitsCanada com September 1 2015 How people make decisions can have a big impact on an employer s health benefits plan Integrating financial education into wellness programs BY Joel Kranc August 27 2015 Employers are not quite making the connection between finances and wellness and there is a Wellness and financial literacy Is there a connection BY Joel Kranc August 25 2015 Medium size and smaller size businesses see the value of providing wellness programs into

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  • Group Benefits | Small Biz Advisor - Part 4
    costs of disability insurance BY Patti Ryan July 2 2015 Most employers understand the value of disability insurance for employees according to a recent survey What are the most effective methods to communicate the benefit plan to employees BY Shane Hohlweg TRG Group June 30 2015 Your clients need to provide their staff with information on their benefits plans writes Shane Will promoting a benefits plan increase claims BY Joe Demelo TRG Group Benefits June 22 2015 Much time is spent developing strategies for effective communication and education of plans but industry Benchmarking ask the right questions BY Kanupriya Vashisht June 18 2015 Ensuring you have the right data at your disposal is critical when it comes to Get your benchmarking right BY Kanupriya Vashisht June 16 2015 Benchmarking is undoubtedly a valuable resource when recommending a new benefits plan or revisiting an Helping firms develop successful wellness programs BY Leah Warner Employee Wellness Solutions Network June 8 2015 Often when we meet with potential partners at presentations or during round table discussions we Minimizing benefits fraud BY Patti Ryan June 3 2015 To keep benefits plan abuse down employers are well advised to communicate with employees clearly and Help

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  • Group Benefits | Small Biz Advisor - Part 5
    BY Patti Ryan May 21 2015 In the second part of a four part series Patti Ryan looks at how strategies that Genetic testing and its insurance implications BY Susan Goldberg Advisor to Client Advisor ca May 21 2015 Ever since actress Angelina Jolie went public with her decision to prophylactically undergo a mastectomy The Trillium Drug Program part 1 What s happening now BY Patti Ryan May 19 2015 In this four part series Patti Ryan explores the underutilization of Ontario s Trillium Drug Program why Helping managers tackle mental health in the workplace BY Sun Life Financial May 14 2015 Most of us can feel overwhelmed from time to time and these feelings pass after several days Employers need help managing rising drug costs BY Staff May 14 2015 High cost prescription drugs are significantly threatening the ability of private sector employers to offer a What a five generation workforce expects in a benefits plan BY Brooke Smith BenefitsCanada com May 5 2015 There s nothing like a number of employees from different generations to keep employers thinking about Review healthcare pooling with your client part 2 BY Michelle Schriver May 5 2015 Pool limits are key in

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  • Group Benefits | Small Biz Advisor - Part 6
    Hodder BenefitsCanada com April 14 2015 Small scale initiatives can yield big results Last year was a tough one for Corby Spirit and Employers focus on chronic disease BY Brooke Smith BenefitsCanada com April 9 2015 A chronic disease such as high blood pressure diabetes is one that can be modified Benefits of Big Data BY Craig Sebastiano BenefitsCanada com April 7 2015 How can access to more and better data improve employee benefits Insurers gather large amounts of data about 3 drug trends you need to know BY Alyssa Hodder BenefitsCanada com March 26 2015 Drugs continue to be a cost driver for benefits plans so what should plan sponsors Take your pills why non adherence happens BY Sun Life Financial March 26 2015 When a patient skips a pill doesn t fill or re fill a prescription takes the wrong EAP and wellness trends to watch in 2015 BY Employee Benefit News March 16 2015 Increased utilization of EAP and wellness services the emergence of fatigue management programs and more Fitting wellness into your client s benefits program part 2 BY Joel Kranc March 10 2015 In the second part of a two part series Joel Kranc talks

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  • Group Benefits | Small Biz Advisor - Part 78
    that apply to the taxation of Choose dividends over salary BY Advisor ca Staff February 2 2011 Small business owners would do well to invest surplus funds within the company instead of Small world at a cost BY Brooke Smith February 2 2011 Small plan sponsors want to offer the same kinds of benefits options as their A benefits plan or a larger salary BY Darren Hanser and Rob Franklin

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  • Government of Ontario announces ORPP enrollment details | Small Biz Advisor
    Benefit DB plans to be considered comparable they will need to be equal to or exceed the benefits being offered through the ORPP The minimum comparability threshold that earnings based DB plans will need to meet is an annual benefit accrual rate of at least 0 5 Enrollment in the ORPP will be staged in four waves Wave 1 effective Jan 1 2017 Employers with 500 or more employees without registered workplace pension plans Wave 2 effective Jan 1 2018 Employers with 50 to 499 employees without registered workplace pension plans Wave 3 effective Jan 1 2019 Employers with fewer than 50 employees without workplace pension plans Wave 4 effective Jan 1 2020 Employers with a workplace pension plan that s not modified or adjusted to meet the comparability test as well as employees who aren t member of the workplace s comparable plan For Waves 1 3 employer and employee contribution amounts will be phased in starting at 0 8 each in the first year 1 6 each in the second year and 1 9 each in the third year For Wave 4 employer and employee contribution amounts will be 1 9 each The ORPP Administration Corporation will contact

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  • How small players can find GRS prospects | Small Biz Advisor
    they may be more eager to help because they re trying to garner market share The smaller firms may be more entrepreneurial in their approach and willing to do things outside of the traditional box to help advisors grow their business he says But there are also ways to bring yourself to the attention of bigger firms Rather than limiting your GRS prospecting efforts to provider relationships network broadly within the industry say both Muneer Feeroze managing partner Canadian Benefits Associates Inc and Pritchard Sometimes you can get leverage off of other brokers and consultants and their experience and contacts says Pritchard If the insurance company doesn t really know who you are but someone can validate your work you have a better opportunity to leverage the available resources Feeroze highlights the importance of cultivating good relationships with the clients you already have A lot of clients go to industry events and they talk he notes Especially HR people If you have a good relationship they ll recommend you Be a problem solver Feeroze also strongly recommends finding out what a prospect s pressure points are and letting them know how you can help Cold calling doesn t help but targeted marketing does he says Find a problem they re having and resolve it It doesn t have to be a retirement issue at first Once you re in you can get more of their business even if it s six months down the line or just an opportunity to bid Another situation that can be useful says Feeroze is when carriers are looking for third party consultants They ll tend to recommend three or four so you want to get onto that list which is where the networking you ve been doing pays off Just be cognizant that they

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  • Leveraging your relationships to identify GRS prospects | Small Biz Advisor
    strategies about how best to tailor product offerings to clients But there are some caveats and strategies to keep in mind Reality check Recognize that who you are and how you work will play a central role in how much support you can expect from a provider If you re an agent or acting as one placing most of your business with just one or two carriers then your preferred carrier s may be a good source of prospects and support But if you re an independent advisor and your goal is to maintain your independence getting GRS leads out of providers will be challenging If you approach a carrier or vice versa and they re recommending a client who is already on their book of business they re going to be interested in retaining the assets says Muneer Feeroze managing partner Canadian Benefits Associates Inc If they know you re likely to take it out to market they re not likely to bring it to you They re likely to send it out to one of their agents where they know they can retain the assets Cultivating partnerships However if you re in a position to think of your provider as a partner rather than a competitor there are several things you can do help your relationship yield more leads and help you provide better service For example you may be able to white label some of the provider s marketing material There s no question that the depth of the marketing and compliance departments at insurance companies is unparalleled and worth tapping into says Drew Pritchard senior vice president Reuter Benefits Inc Obviously there s self interest on behalf of the provider hoping you ll place product with them You can look at it as a partnership marketing

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