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Responsibility of Health – Employer or Employee?

By: BCCA Employee Benefit Trust

Many employers provide benefits to employees and their families to protect and to help maintain their health. Employers may also offer wellness programs to employees to help develop or continue healthy habits. Employers might also provide incentive programs, lunch and learns, walking meetings or healthy competitions. But ultimately, an employee's health is the responsibility of the employee. Increasingly, claims are rising for conditions that individuals can help prevent through lifestyle choices. Helping employees to make better lifestyle choices will also help employers to save costs through reduced claims and reduced claim amounts. Below are some additional resources, from our partners, employers can access to support their employees in their health and wellness.

Workplace Strategies for Mental Health: A free resource for employers. The Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace (the Centre) was established in 2007 and has three main objectives:

  • Increase knowledge and awareness of workplace psychological health and safety
  • Improve the ability to respond to mental health issues at work
  • Turn knowledge into action through practical strategies and tools for employers1

Employee and Family Assistance Program: All members of BCCA Employee Benefit Trust have access to the Employee and Family Assistance program through their benefits. Along with counseling services, the Employee and Family Assistance program also provides Work/Life services including Life Coaching, Legal Consultation, Financial Coaching and Credit Counselling, Career Counselling, Nutritional Counselling, Child/Eldercare Consultation, Smoking Cessation Support, Health Coaching. There is also online health & wellness resources that include self-help modules and resource information on coping with depression, parenting, smoking cessation, and more through their website using a password available to all employees covered under a plan with BCCA Employee Benefit Trust.

Copeman Healthcare: offers annual assessments,ongoing care programs and a wide selection of supporting healthcare services with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and early detection

Best Doctors: Facing a medical challenge can be stressful enough without worrying whether you have the right diagnosis or the most effective treatment. When you're facing a critical medical decision – whether an important health question or a serious diagnosis – getting it right is everything. Best Doctors connects you to more than 50,000 world-renowned medical experts. As a result, you're sure you have the right information, the right diagnosis and the right treatment.

If you're not currently one of our members or would like help with accessing any of the above resources, please don't hesitate to contact us:

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The government of Manitoba has announced a reduction of the retail sales tax (RST) from 8% to 7% effective July 1, 2019. If you have employees who live and work in Manitoba, you will notice a reduction in taxes charged for these individuals on your July 1, 2019 bill.


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