Canadian Group Insurance Brokers partners with online HR company

The Canadian Group Insurance Brokers is partnering with Vancouver-based ConnectsUs HR to provide its members with online human resources programs for its members’ clients.

Members of the broker-focused group benefits association can choose from two different programs to help clients manage human resources and legal issues. “What we offer through CGIB membership is two programs called Love your Clients or Like your Clients,” says Dave Patriarche, founder of the association.

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“If you’re ‘liking your clients,’ you end up getting a 40 per cent discount on the rates you can then provide to your clients. And if you ‘love your clients,’ then the broker can pay $1,499 for the year and all of their clients get it for free.”

Resources available through ConnectsUs HR include employment contracts, employee handbooks, guides for managers and recruitment tools. It has more than 20 human resources kits and more than 200 templates, along with step-by-step instructions and an online resource centre, according to a press release.

Employers can access the ConnectUs HR website and tailor the resources to their specific needs, including adding logos and omitting and including items, says Patriarche. The resources are then kept on the employer’s website for it to use, amend and keep.

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The partnership between the association and ConnectUs HR came from a demand among its broker membership, says Patriarche.

“CGIB is an educational group that helps to make brokers better brokers and we’re always trying to give more education or information that brokers can pass on to their clients: the employers,” he says. “One of the things that always comes back as being most in demand is knowing more about HR and employment law, information and issues and everything around benefits. . . . And there really isn’t a lot for small groups, so ConnectUs HR has . . . something that works really well for companies from two to 50 employees.”

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