Category Archives: Employee Benefits

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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Canadian Businesses Turning to Flexible Benefits Plans

Posted on October 7th, 2019 by Mike Ignatz

While Canada continues to experience a growing multigenerational workforce, employers are currently trying to figure out how to not only encourage cohesion and collaboration among the generations, but also how to care for all of them. The needs and concerns of one generation do not necessarily overlap those of the (…) [Read Full Article]

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Common Benefits Advisor Problems: Adding Value, Part Three

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Posted on June 6th, 2019 by Mike Ignatz

In the first two parts of this series, we discussed how educating employers and employees leads to higher plan satisfaction, and why it’s important to know what you are shopping for before you shop the market. In the final part of this series, we will cover the various roles and (…) [Read Full Article]

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Common Benefits Advisor Problems: Adding Value, Part Two

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Posted on May 14th, 2019 by Mike Ignatz

In part one of our series on adding value, we talked about how educating employees and employers can lead to higher plan satisfaction. Today, we’ll focus on why you need to know what you are shopping for before you shop around. Know What You Are Shopping for before You Shop (…) [Read Full Article]

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April 2nd is National Employee Benefits Day 2018

Posted on March 28th, 2018 by Mike Ignatz

Happy National Employee Benefits Day from all of us at The Benefits Trust! Organized by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP), this day recognizes trustees, administrators, benefits practitioners, and professional advisors for their dedication to providing quality benefits and the important role they play in their colleagues’ well-being. (…) [Read Full Article]

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OHIP+: New Benefits for Children & Youth Coming Jan 1, 2018

Posted on December 19th, 2017 by Robert Crowder

Starting January 1st, 2018, the Government of Ontario will offer expanded drug benefits for children and youth. Under the new OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare program, Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) drugs will be fully covered, regardless of family income or student status. In anticipation of these changes, we’ve compiled a (…) [Read Full Article]

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Choosing a Third Party Administrator for Benefits Plans

buyer beware: third party administrator for benefits plan
Posted on September 21st, 2017 by Robert Crowder

A Third Party Administrator (TPA) is an organization that manages employee group benefit plans on behalf of an employer. A TPA can provide more cost-effective and flexible group insurance administration for small and mid-sized businesses than larger traditional insurance carriers can – in some cases saving as much as 20% (…) [Read Full Article]

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Common Benefits Advisor Problems: Plan Design – Don’t Be a Commodity

Posted on May 25th, 2017 by Robert Crowder

Here’s a hard truth – your clients don’t owe you anything. The small group benefits industry is largely commodity-driven. Successful business owners (your clients) are concerned with getting value from their benefits plan so they can go back to focusing on their company’s success. For most off-the-shelf benefits solutions, “value” (…) [Read Full Article]

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