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sep 15, 2016—health matters for september

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Upcoming changes to Employment Insurance (E.I) eff. Jan 1st, 2017

E.I. current has a two week waiting period that has to be satisfied concurrently before benefit payments will begin. The waiting will be reduced to one week effective January 1st, 2017 from onset. It is important to note that the number of weeks of E.I. benefit entitlement will not change.  This amendment is simply changing the waiting period from 2 concurrent unpaid weeks being satisfied initially to a one week waiting period at onset and one unpaid week at the end. 
 
  • For anyone on claim for less than 17 weeks, they will receive essentially be paid one more week than someone who is on claims for the full 17 weeks, as the last week (17th week)  is unpaid.
  • Example #1: An employee is on sick leave for 4 weeks:  they will satisfy a one week waiting period and will be paid for weeks 2 & 3. 
  • Example #2: An employee is on sick leave for 17 weeks: they will satisfy a one week waiting period and will be paid for weeks 2 through 15, and their final week (week 17) will be unpaid.

Tammy Ryan
Senior Consultant, Group Benefits:

T: 519-756-9560 x242
E: tryan@williamsongroup.com

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aug 29, 2016—health matters for aug

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text that reads "be safe this summer"

It’s that time of year again for you to confirm the student status of your dependent children aged 18 to 21 and older (depending on the terms of the contract). If you have a dependent child enrolled in an accredited school on a full-time basis, make sure to have their enrollment status kept current. Most plans will terminate their coverage at the end of August if they are not provided proof or confirmation of continuance. You can request an over-age dependent listing from The Williamson Group to determine who is affected.
 
If you have a child that will be studying abroad, you will want to ensure they have adequate travel coverage in place. The Williamson Group offers solutions for students overseas; for more information please visit http://www.williamsongroup.com/benefits-for-you

Tammy Ryan
Senior Consultant, Group Benefits:

T: 519-756-9560 x242
E: tryan@williamsongroup.com

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june 24, 2016—important CPP announcement

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text that reads did you finance ministers reached an agreement on expanding CPP

On June 20th the Finance Ministers across Canada agreed in principle to enhance the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) gradually over 7 years starting January 1, 2019. 

According to Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa’s interview with CBC, he expects to put an end to setting up the ORPP officially before the Council of the Federation meeting, which begins July 15.

For more information please see our blog post.

 

Tammy Ryan
Senior Consultant, Group Benefits:

T: 519-756-9560 x242
E: tryan@williamsongroup.com

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july 14, 2016—health matters for july

infltable beach balls in a swimming pool on a summer's day

text that reads "be safe this summer"

When summer begins many Canadian families want to be in or around water to stay cool. But each year, tragic and avoidable water-related fatalities occur across Canada. A Canadian Red Cross report examining these fatalities over 10 years revealed many common factors:

  • Young children ages 1 to 4 and men ages 15 to 44 are at the greatest risk of drowning. Drowning is one of the leading causes of unintentional death for Canadian children ages one to four;
  •  A small child can disappear in seconds and can drown in only a few centimeters of water-enough to cover the mouth and nose;
  • Small children are also the most vulnerable group for near drownings. For every death, there are an estimated four to five additional near-drowning incidents, which require hospitalization and often result in varying degrees of brain damage;
  • Infants and toddlers drowned mainly in bathtubs and pools, whereas older children and youth drowned mainly in large bodies of water;
  • Other factors for adults in water-related fatalities include alcohol consumption.

For more information, including additional summer safety tips, visit: redcross.ca

Tammy Ryan
Senior Consultant, Group Benefits:

T: 519-756-9560 x242
E: tryan@williamsongroup.com

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june 24, 2016—important CPP announcement

business matters piggy bank with canadian coins

text that reads did you finance ministers reached an agreement on expanding CPP

On June 20th the Finance Ministers across Canada agreed in principle to enhance the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) gradually over 7 years starting January 1, 2019. 

According to Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa’s interview with CBC, he expects to put an end to setting up the ORPP officially before the Council of the Federation meeting, which begins July 15.

For more information please see our blog post.

 

Tammy Ryan
Senior Consultant, Group Benefits:

T: 519-756-9560 x242
E: tryan@williamsongroup.com

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 BusinessMatters--CPP-Announcement.pdf

 

june 1, 2016—health matters for june

business matters june header for stroke awareness month with image of a stephascope and clipboars

text that reads did you know June is Stroke awareness Month

Learn the signs of a stroke:

FACE is it drooping?
ARMS can you raise both?
SPEECH is it slurred or jumbled?
TIME to call 911 right away!

 

We can't control our family history, age, gender or ethnicity. However, there are factors in our control that could increase our risk of having a stroke, including;  obesity, diet, diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure & high cholesterol.

To determine if you are at risk, follow this link https://ehealth.heartandstroke.ca/  for your personalized assessment. 

Tammy Ryan
Senior Consultant, Group Benefits:

T: 519-756-9560 x242
E: tryan@williamsongroup.com

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april 28, 2016—health matters for may

business matters may header for mental health week with image of two females chatting over coffee

text that reads did you know Mental Health week is coming May 2nd - May 8th?

  • This year marks the Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) 65th Mental Health Week
  • Approximately 7 million Canadians live with poor mental health, mental illness and/or addiction
  • Mental health is the leading cause of disability in Canada
CMHA is asking us to #GETLOUD for mental health. 
 
Help to end discrimination and change the stigma associated with mental health. Here’s how!
 
  1. Visit mentalhealthweek.ca to learn about mental health and local events happening near you
  2. Download your #GETLOUD tool kit full of ideas to promote the campaign by visiting https://mentalhealthweek.cmha.ca/files/2016/04/PublicToolkit-1.pdf  

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april 5, 2016—health matters for april

business matters april header for dental month with image of teeth cleaning items

text that reads did you know April is national oral health month?

Oral health is essential to our overall health and wellbeing, which is why it is so important to visit your dentist on a regular basis.

Only your dentist has the training and expertise to properly address all of your oral health care needs.

Oral health problems could be a sign of something serious such as oral cancer:

  • Every year approximately 3,200 Canadians are diagnosed with oral cancer
  • 1,050 deaths attributable to oral cancer occur annually
  • Oral cancer has a low survival rate because it is often diagnosed in the later stages of the disease
  • With early detection the survival rate of oral cancer can be greatly improved

This means going to your dentist for regular dental exams.

For more information on the importance of oral hygiene, including 5 steps to good oral health,
visit the Canadian Dental Association website at www.cda-adc.ca

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march 1 2016—health matters for march

business matters march header for nutrition month with image of fruits and vegetables

text that reads did you know March is nutrition month?

nutrition quick facts

  • processed foods make up 23% of our diet—2x what it was 30 years ago
  • 75% of processed foods have added sugar
  • introduction of high fructose corn syrup in 1980’s correlates closely with a spike in type 2 diabetes

nutrition related divider with black and white images of food

get started today on a path to a healthier you!

Here's how you can  connect with a Registered Dietitian for free:

  1. visit dieticians.ca for eating tips and recipes
  2. use the Email a Dietitian service on eatrightontario.ca
  3. call this toll-free number: 1-877-510-5102

For more information on The Williamson Group's new wellness offering HEALTH CONNECTED, please contact:

Tammy Ryan
Senior Consultant, Group Benefits:

T: 519-756-9560 x242
E: tryan@williamsongroup.com

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february 9 2016—health matters for february

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QUICK FACTS | sodium consumption and the affect on heart health

  • 77% of sodium consumed by Canadians comes from processed food and food service outlets. Only about 11% is added during preparation or at the table, with the remainder occurring naturally in foods
  • On average, adult Canadians consume about 3,400 mg of sodium per day. Health Canada has determined that the Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL) for adults is 2,300 mg of sodium per day.; intake above that poses health risks
  • Dietary sodium reduction could eliminate hypertension for over a million Canadians, resulting in savings of at least $430 million annually in direct high blood pressure management costs.

For additional information on heart health, including ways to manage your health,  visit:

www.heartandstroke.on.ca

january 6 2016—health matters for january

We are pleased to present the first Business Matters monthly-themed health awareness communication and hope these monthly topics regarding important health matters will prove to be both thought provoking and relevant to you and your employees.

image for business matters january communication regarding Alzheimers visit http://www.alzheimer.ca

 

january is Alzheimer awareness month

72% of all Canadians with Alzheimer’s disease are women

The Alzheimer Society has developed the following list of 10 signs to look for:

  • memory loss affecting day-to-day abilities
  • difficulty performing familiar tasks 
  • problems with language
  • disorientation in time and space
  • impaired judgment
  • problems with abstract thinking
  • misplacing things
  • changes in mood and behaviour
  • changes in personality
  • loss of initiative

For additional information on Alzheimer, including programs and support services near you, and BrainBooster® activities visit:         

http://www.alzheimer.ca

april 16 2015 | launch of business matters microsite

It's a big day for our Business Matters group! We are proud to launch this new microsite in order to better serve our clients' needs. This site will allow us to ensure that the content you access most frequently, is also the most relevant to your business—and yourself. Let us keep in touch with you, and encourage you to stay up to date with us!

march 18 2015 | guide to canadian benefits legislation

The Williamson Group is pleased to announce the release of our 2015 Guide to Canadian Benefits Legislation (Guide), and our 2015 Guide Supplement (Supplement).

The Guide and Supplement are quintessential resources for Canadian employers and Global organizations with a Canadian presence. These publications are not only our most highly ranked communications, but also comprise the most comprehensive guide(s) we’ve seen to date within our industry.

Click here to access the Guide and Supplement within the resources and media section of our main website.

march 16 2015 | upcoming business matters seminar

We are pleased to announce the next installment of our popular Business Matters seminar series: Preparing for the Unexpected—Keeping your Business Safe after an Accident.  This seminar will be held on April 16, 2015 and will focus on what to do in the event of a workplace injury and/or accommodation. Watch for your invitation and registration information to arrive in your inbox. We hope to see you all there! 

november 2014 | maternity leave announcement

The Business Matters Team at The Williamson Group wishes Kathryn Smith and her family the best of luck as they await the arrival of their first baby! Kathryn is expected to begin her maternity leave on December 17, 2014. Kathryn’s clients will continue to be managed by Tammy Ryan and the Business Matters Team. During Kathryn’s absence, the Business Matters Team will maintain the same level of service excellence that all of our clients have come to expect.

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