OCTOBER
2020
Since 1984
Topics In This Issue
  • Covering Dependents on Your Group Benefits Plan
  • Ask the Pharmacist: Flu Vaccines
  • The Importance of Employment Contracts
  • Grand & Toy - Practice Enhanced Cleaning
  • Blue-Pencil Information Security
  • Canada Life: Help Give Small Businesses a Boost
Employee Group Benefits
Covering Dependents on Your Group Benefits Plan
The most asked questions with answers
Last month in our ASSOCIUM Advisor newsletter we talked about why you should designate a beneficiary. Now we'd like to cover FAQ's about dependents. These are the most commonly asked questions with answers about covering dependents on your group benefits health plan.

  • How long can a child be considered a dependent?
  • Do extended family members count as dependents?
  • What happens when you have a new spouse?
Ask the Pharmacist: Flu Vaccines
Understand the who, what, where, when and why of flu vaccines
  • Why should people get vaccinated against the flu?
  • How does the flu vaccine work?
  • Who should get vaccinated this season?
  • What are other measures that can be taken to protect against the flu?
  • Where can I get the flu shot?
  • Why do I need a flu vaccine every year?
Human Resources Consulting
The Importance of Employment Contracts
The employment contract is an agreement between an employer and employee

Employers are being challenged by the changes that COVID-19 has wrought on the employment landscape and many of them are faced with very difficult business decisions affecting the viability of their enterprises as the pandemic takes its toll on the economy. In the middle of all this, some employers are beginning to understand the critical importance of properly conceived and drafted employment contracts.

Find out what an employment contract should include.
Procurement and Shared Services
Grand & Toy - Practice Enhanced Cleaning
Slow the spread of COVID-19 with the right cleaning solutions and practices
With 44% of employees stating hygiene and cleaning standards as their biggest concern when returning to the office, organizations will need to implement enhanced cleaning measures to reassure their anxious staff. The key will be in stringent cleaning and sanitation programs, readily available cleaning supplies, and hygiene reminders throughout the office.

Since the COVID-19 virus can live on surfaces for hours or even days, make sure
your sanitation plans include frequent cleaning of all high touch surfaces such as doorknobs, handrails, workstations, breakrooms, and washrooms.

OFFICE SUPPLIES | INTERIORS & FURNITURE | PRINT & DOCUMENTS
 FACILITY RESOURCES | TECHNOLOGY
Blue-Pencil Information Security
Organize your documents, optimize your organization
Shredding Services
  • Office Shredding Program
  • One-time Shredding Service
  • Hard Drive and Digital Media
  • Product Destruction Services

Records Management Services
Store and protect your records in highly secure and compliant facilities. Save on your current storage costs and easily access your information when its needed.

Document Scanning Services
Accelerate your transition to a more digital workplace. From digitizing old documents to scanning new documents, Blue-Pencil can provides a solution that works for you.

ASSOCIUM GAIN members are offered superior service, at preferred pricing.
Email solutions@associum.com or reply to this email to find out more about this important security service for your records.
Canada Life Business Boost
Helping small businesses start strong in 2021
Small businesses are at the heart of every Canadian community. To celebrate small business month and help support small businesses across Canada, Canada Life is introducing a new program called Business Boost.

12 businesses will receive a one-time grant of $10,000. Businesses with 1-150 employees have until Nov. 12, 2020 to apply.
ASSOCIUM Divisions
Since 1984, ASSOCIUM Consultants continues to lead the industry in specialized human resource services, organizational development and provides HR expertise across a broad range of services.
We're unique in the marketplace providing innovative and customized Advisor services: Managing General Agent, Third Party Administrator, Claims Adjudication, Specialty Drug Management / Preferred Pharmacy Network and Human Resources Consulting.
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 preferred pricing for products and services as well as resolve any purchasing issues you may encounter.
 Supporting the success of Canadian organizations since 1984. 
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