Types of Employees – Their Classes and How to Identify Them

Types of Employees – Their Classes and How to Identify Them

Expanding the offerings and opportunities your business gives employees stands as a mark of success. Congratulations! However, like any business owner experiencing sudden growth, you may feel somewhat overwhelmed by new compliance responsibilities, terminology, and more.

At Group Enroll, we believe that information access empowers managers and their teams to make the best decisions for their work environments. We help businesses like yours find and compare group insurance and benefits plans. In this blog, we talk about what an employee class is, how these classes pertain to ICHRA implementation, and what the standard employee classes are. You’ll learn how to identify these classes and arm yourself for HR compliance and other critical workplace functions.

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What Are Employee Classes?

Employee classes are ranking designations and any methods through which an organization identifies individual employees for recordkeeping and other bureaucratic functions. Management and HR teams use employee classes or classifications to codify and sort various workplace information.

The most common employee classes pertain to an employee’s work volume with designations such as full-time, part-time, and so on.

To clarify classifications for compliance purposes, HR teams break down employee classes into categories and subcategories.

Full-Time Classifications

Part-Time Classifications

Part-Time Excluding Benefits

Special Classes

How Do Employee Classes Work in an ICHRA?

Canadians use private insurance, including individual coverage healthcare reimbursement arrangements (ICHRAs), to supplement government-provided universal healthcare coverage. Employee classes help employers and HR teams determine which levels of benefits a given employee qualifies for.

While employers and HR teams may utilize an in-house employee class system for recordkeeping, ICHRAs often contain their own employee classifications.

Compare the employee class designations of a given group or small business plan with your organization’s system for clarity when completing relevant application forms.

Full-Time Employee

Part-Time Employee

Seasonal Employee

Temporary Employee

Salaried Employee

Hourly Employee

Employees with CBAs

Employees Abroad

Satellite Employees

Combination Classifications

Using ICHRA Employee Classifications

While ICHRA allows for up to 11 employee classifications, employers need not use them all. Use the ICHRA employee class guidelines to structure or restructure employee benefits offerings. This structure allows HR teams and HRIS software more organizational avenues and incentivizes your team.


Find Your Company’s Insurance Solutions With Group Enroll

Navigating the ins and outs of employee class designation and company benefits doesn’t have to be a hassle. With Group Enroll, employers can browse and compare policies from Canada’s top insurance providers.

Want to find out how Group Enroll can streamline your company’s insurance needs? Get started by filling out our online quote form, and let us know what types of employees you have. We will source quotes from several companies and send you the most competitive rates. You can also email us at hello@groupenroll.ca or address mail to 10 Great Gulf Drive, Unit 5, Vaughan, ON, L4K 5W1.