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4 Possible Reasons Why Your Travel Claim is Denied

Planning a trip abroad is an exciting process. You get to choose the perfect accommodations, research fun activities and explore new cultures. The last thing on your mind is something could go sideways. Thankfully you have travel insurance! Travel insurance offers peace-of-mind when planning a big trip. If you’re a member of the BCCA Employee… View Article

Health & Wellness

EBT Walking Challenge: We Challenge You to a Walk Off!

From January 1 – 31, we want to see you and your team stomping the pavement. We also want to see at least 23 kilometers on your calendar at the end of the month, but get more people to join you because we will reward the office that has the most kilometers walked at the end of… View Article

Breast Cancer Awareness & Alcohol Use

October 26, 2020 | FSEAP Solutions Dozens of studies link alcohol to breast cancer. Alcohol increases a woman’s risk of hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer. Consumption of alcohol causes increased estrogen. Alcohol may damage DNA in cells. Consuming three alcoholic drinks a week raises the risk of breast cancer by 15% compared with not drinking. Alcohol consumption… View Article

Using Anti-Anxiety Medications?

October 26, 2020 | FSEAP Solutions Google reports that searches for “anxiety” and “panic attacks” have skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic (CNN.com Aug. 24, 2020). Have you experienced anxiety and panic symptoms in the past year? Although anxiety and panic attacks don’t always require medication, benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, Ambien, etc.) are the class of… View Article

What is a Psychiatric Emergency?

October 26, 2020 | FSEAP Solutions Chances are that you could spot a physical health emergency like a heart attack, but could you do the same with a psychiatric emergency? Psychiatric emergencies may have no physical symptoms, but they can be just as life-threatening. Psychiatric emergencies fall into three categories: risk of harm to self,… View Article

Human Resources

Politics and the Workplace

October 26, 2020 | FSEAP Solutions It’s common courtesy to avoid political discussions at work. Still, they do happen. If resistance is futile, these tips can help prevent a fracas: 1) Learn to self-intervene. When tension builds, move the discussion along to more work-related matters. 2) Check your visceral reaction. Politics prompts a “flight or… View Article

Protect Against IP Address Hacking

October 26, 2020 | FSEAP Solutions Computer phishing and viruses cause big trouble, but if your internet protocol (IP) address is stolen and your computer is hacked, a crime could be committed and blamed on you. Your IP address is like your fingerprints on the web. Follow your organization’s security protocols. At home, protect your… View Article

Parkinson’s Law: A Remote Worker’s Bugaboo

October 26, 2020 | FSEAP Solutions You are working remotely from home with a task that takes two hours to complete. You have four hours available, so you plan to finish early. But the job takes all four hours! What happened? You are likely a victim of Parkinson’s Law. It states that a task or… View Article

News

Bulletin: Eye Exam & PPE Plan Enhancements

December 12, 2020 Eye Exams  Routine eye exams are an eligible expense for reimbursement through your extended health plan. Effective January 1, 2021, your plan will now cover eye exams up to the reasonable and customary fee limit in your area (previously your plan covered $70 for adults every 24 months and $70 for children every 12 months). Please… View Article

BULLETIN: Federal Government Changes EI Maximum

The federal government recently announced an increase in the employment insurance (EI) maximum insurable earnings amount. They also announced a corresponding increase in the EI weekly maximum benefit. Effective January 1, 2021, maximum insurable earnings will increase to $56,300 per year for an insured worker. Accordingly, the new maximum EI benefit amount will be $595… View Article