Biologic Drugs and Biosimilars – Here’s What You Need to Know

Biologic drugs can be life saving when plan members or their dependents become ill, but they can also be incredibly expensive, driving up the cost of your benefits plan. But what if there was a less expensive, yet highly effective solution? That’s where biosimilar drugs come in. Biosimilars offer similar benefits as their native biologic, but at […]

Highlights from the Ontario Budget 2018

On March 28, Finance Minister Charles Sousa announced the Ontario 2018 budget. With a provincial election scheduled for June, the initiatives announced are likely dependent on the current government being re-elected. Here are a few highlights that may affect group benefits: 1. Expansion of OHIP+ to seniors 65 and older – August 2019 OHIP+ expands to include[…..]

Ontario Human Rights Tribunal

Ontario Human Rights Tribunal interim decision rules that it is discriminatory to deny group benefits to employees 65 and older. A case between an employee and employer was recently brought before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. The case related to the termination of health, dental and life insurance group benefits at age 65. In an interim decision[…..]

Bill 127, Stronger, Healthier Ontario Act

Bill 127, Stronger, Healthier Ontario Act includes changes to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 (WSIA) to allow compensation for work-related chronic mental stress under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) if certain conditions are met. People with chronic mental stress with an accident date on or after January 1, 2018 must meet three conditions[…..]

Upcoming Changes in Employment Standards Act

Are aware, there have been changes within the Employment Standards Act and Occupational Health and Safety Act. The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 second phase effective January 1, 2019? EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2019   Three Hour Rule:   Employees who regularly work more than 3 hours per pay, but are given less than 3 hours upon reporting to[…..]