two Is it time to review your beneficiary designation?

When group benefit plans include a life insurance component, the insured employee must choose someone to receive the benefit after their death. We cannot make that decision for you, but here is some information that will help.

We'll cover these topics:
  • How do you choose a beneficiary for your group benefit plan?
  • Why naming a beneficiary is a serious decision.
  • Should the beneficiaries for your group benefits plan be the same as your will?
When is it time to upgrade the business phone system?
When is the right time to replace upgrade a business communications system?
Many companies are left with the task of deciding when the right time is to replace/upgrade their business communication system.

The decision is not an easy one and there are factors that must be taken into account when deciding on the timing.

Learn what some of the indicators/trigger points are when a company should really begin thinking about an upgrade or replacement.

Connecting Human Capital and Risk Management Strategies
HR Risk management and job evaluation

The nature of work relationships are changing as organizations increasingly rely on sub-contract expertise or outsourcing approaches. Internally, these changes affect core job parameters including decision-making, problem solving and information sharing.

Should job evaluation (JE) systems evolve, like in previous times to reflect the gender neutrality of work, to give more weighted consideration to risk management and brand protection in today's world of work?

pillarsCanadian Armed Forces Reservists' Paid Internship Program

Career Edge has recently launched a paid internship program for Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Reservists, which is aimed at helping members of Canada's Primary Reserve secure paid internship opportunities that align with their career goals.

Supported by ESDC and in partnership with the Department of National Defense (DND), the program connects employers across Canada with highly skilled and motivated candidates who are eager to get the skills and experience needed to overcome barriers to meaningful and sustainable employment within their communities, while continuing to serve their reserve unit.

Learn more about the Canadian Armed Forces Reservists' Paid Internship Program >
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pharmacyAsk the Pharmacist: Cold Sores

Cold sores (fever blisters) are a common viral infection. They are tiny, fluid-filled blisters on and around your lips. These blisters are often grouped together in patches. After the blisters break, a crust forms over the resulting sore. Cold sores usually heal in two to four weeks without leaving a scar.

Learn about risk factors, treatment and when to see your doctor >
tipWhy having a good employee benefits program is so important

Depression has become a common ailment in the workforce - and significantly under-treated. More than half of workers or 52.8% of those who experience symptoms of depression don't see a need to get treatment, according to an Ontario survey of 2,219 adults. This despite the fact 40 % of participants are experiencing significant depressive symptoms.

Structural barriers include:
  • Don't have time
  • Can't afford it
  • Don't have any place accessible to get help
Source: CAMH, courtesy of HR Reporter
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For over 30 years, ASSOCIUM Consultants continues to lead the industry in specialized human resource services and organizational development.

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Our employee group benefits division, being in business since 1997, gives us the experience to provide customized alternative plans and reduce administrative costs for our clients, while quoting sustainable rates at start up - and at renewal.  

Our procurement services division launched in 1996 as an added source of assistance to the not-for-profit sector ( GAIN). Recently this service has been expanded to include private small business under the Advantage banner. Our goal is to help your organization access competitively priced products and services as well as resolve any purchasing issues you may encounter.
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