Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Balancing Act of Work and Life: How EAPs can work for you

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As part of the Plan Member Experience Team, I have helped employees access the Employee Assistance Programs offered as part of their employer’s benefit program.  When people think of an Employee Assistance Program, many people think that it is just a counselling service, however many EAPs have grown to offer a variety of services.

Jane* called our office, and inquired about her company’s Employee Assistance Program.  Jane was going through a divorce and wanted to know if any services were available for her situation.  Jane’s EAP provider gave her access to legal advice from a Family Lawyer, financial and credit counselling from a certified Accountant, family counselling for herself and her children, and support in locating a child care facility in her new area** as she was now the primary caregiver.

A Penny for your Thoughts… Not Anymore

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Budget Bulletin 2012

What you need to know…

Finance Minister James Flaherty tabled the 2012 federal budget on March 29, 2012. This is the first budget presented in the House of Commons since the Conservative party won a majority of the seats in Parliament in the last election. The following is a summary of the changes announced in the budget. Please note that these changes are still proposals until passed into law by the Federal Government.

Personal Tax Matters

Personal income tax rates
No changes announced, although tax brackets have been indexed by 2.8% to reflect inflation.