benefitsDrug Report: Biologics and Biosimilars
Recent changes in the area of Biologic drugs

It seems that, drug costs and strategies for cost containment are dominant topics as a subject for an employee benefits newsletter. We recently published an update of an article, and also presented a webinar on the impact of drug costs to benefit plans. This month, we will be discussing recent changes in the area of Biologic drugs.
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HRThe Problem with Legislating Wage Parity
Pay Equity & Bill 148

The recent Equal Pay for Equal work legislation follows on the heels of previous legislation aimed at correcting pay inequities - but with different areas of focus. Pay Equity legislation (1987) focused on gender based pay differences.  The recent "equal pay for equal work" provisions of Bill 148 (2018) focus on employment status. There is a general consensus that Pay Equity legislation has had some impact on closing the gender-based pay gap. It's too early for any assessment of whether Bill 148 will have a more significant impact on closing the employment status based gap.

GAINThe Psychology of the Procurement Process
Part 2 of 3

Most organizations are not large enough to have a team of people dedicated to procurement; organizations may though have one dedicated person - but those are few and far between. Often organizations handle procurement situationally by department or at the top - and let's face it, senior management already have a lot on their plates.

So what can an organization do? We assist orgs all the time creating a streamlined process.

PharmacyAsk the Pharmacist: Controlling Your Allergies
Allergy Symptoms, Prevention and Treatment

An estimated 10-30% of Canada's population and more than 500 million people worldwide will suffer from symptoms of allergies. Allergies are defined as symptoms relating to the nose when an allergen is inhaled. An allergen is something that causes allergies such as pollen, dust, animal dander, and mold. 
  • Symptoms
  • Prevention
  • Treatment

PillarsPillars of the Community - Canadian Association of Community Health Centres (CACHC)
Dedicated Support for Community Health Centres

The Canadian Association of Community Health Centres (CACHC) is the only organization dedicated exclusively to providing Community Health Centres (CHCs) across Canada with support, networking opportunities, organizational development tools, and policy and advocacy leadership focused on community-oriented primary health care and healthy public policy. CACHC's membership is achieving positive change through collective impact.

If you would like to be recognized in this section of our newsletter or website, please forward a short article to Your content can include an introduction to your organization to help generate awareness; it can give a history; highlight your mandate; or even give details of an event. It's your space. We would love to help promote your organization and its initiatives!
ASSOCIUM has a Calendar of Events , and we offer exclusive use to our ASSOCIUM GAIN members!

We welcome and encourage you to send us your event information

Let us help you get the word out to the public about the initiatives you'd like them to know about! We can add a link to your website for more information about your event and your organization.

This is ideal for upcoming galas, festivals, performances - any event you want to invite the public to.

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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.

ASSOCIUM Benefits 

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.