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Selling Employee Benefits in 2021

Posted on August 23rd, 2021 by Robert Crowder

It’s no secret that the world is undergoing extraordinary events, which are changing the way that we live and function. These changes extend to the world of insurance and employee benefits plans – and when faced with changes, we must either fold or adapt. How can we thrive in the (…) [Read Full Article]

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Why Have Normal Benefits When Times Aren’t Normal?

Posted on July 28th, 2021 by Robert Crowder

This past year our lives have undergone extraordinary change, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic that has shaken the globe. As a result, the world of healthcare has changed drastically, with this global health crisis flooding emergency rooms and standard medical consultations taking place virtually rather than in-office. These changes have affected (…) [Read Full Article]

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Happy Canada Day

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Posted on July 1st, 2021 by Robert Crowder

In this second summer of discontent, we find ourselves approaching Canada Day with a sense of hope and optimism. Is it over yet? No, but we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Normally, this time of year is consumed with conversations about the weather, travel, and (…) [Read Full Article]

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Should Benefits Plans Change with a Work from Home Culture?

Posted on June 21st, 2021 by Robert Crowder

When people finished work on Friday, March 13th in 2020, many thought we would be going back into a normal work environment soon. That wasn’t the case. But many people weren’t properly set up to work from home and found whatever flat surface they could use to set up a (…) [Read Full Article]

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Accessible Help for Substance Use Disorders

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Posted on May 28th, 2021 by Robert Crowder

We all deal with stress, trauma, and grief in different ways – some methods are more constructive than others – and living through a pandemic has been a difficult time for everyone. The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the struggle that many people who use alcohol and drugs experience. In fact, recent (…) [Read Full Article]

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Mental Health Benefits During A Pandemic

Posted on May 11th, 2021 by Robert Crowder

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, it rocked the whole world to the core. It changed everything – from the way we do business to the way we spend our leisure time, how our kids go to school or learn virtually, how we shop and spend time with our friends and (…) [Read Full Article]

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Beware the “COVID-19 Adjustment Factor” in Your Next Renewal

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Posted on January 28th, 2021 by Robert Crowder

Last year, small businesses faced many challenges, including subsidizing big insurance companies during the start of the pandemic. Dental and paramedical service providers were shut down, except for emergency treatments. Though employees could not access these services, businesses were still expected to pay full premiums for benefits coverage. From March (…) [Read Full Article]

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A Post-Covid Strategy for Health and Benefits Plans

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Posted on October 1st, 2020 by Robert Crowder

In the September 2020 edition, our President, Robert J. Crowder, CLU GBA, was published in Workplace.ca, a leading publication on Canadian management and workplace resources. The topic discussed was how benefits advisors and business owners needed to plan for a post-Covid world for their health and benefits plans. Below is (…) [Read Full Article]

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Mitigating Risk in Your Client’s Benefits Plan Design – Part 1

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Posted on September 24th, 2020 by Mike Ignatz

A benefits plan is a promise between an employer and their employee. As a trusted source of knowledge to your clients, your role as a benefits advisor is to help them keep that promise. You can achieve this by advising them on the optimal benefits plan design that will best (…) [Read Full Article]

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Case Study: Addressing Employee Demands for More Benefit Choices in Family Owned Business

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Posted on February 21st, 2020 by Mike Ignatz

The client is a family-owned Canadian business in the logistics and distribution industry with over 70 employees, from labourers to professionals, key employees, and two generations of owners. From the beginning, it was clear to us that the diverse range of wages and salaries within the company would require a (…) [Read Full Article]

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