Since 1984
Topics In This Issue
  • What is Human Resource?
  • Employee Contribution to Group Benefits Premiums
  • Webinar: How to best position IT for your non-profit organization
  • CE Credits - Learn and Earn for Advisors
  • Starting a New Project or Initiative?
  • #EqualforEach Cocktail Reception
  • Ask the Pharmacist: Ranitidine Recall
  • How would your charity use $10,000?
What is Human Resource (HR)?
What are the five top priorities?
Human Resource is the management of all things related to one’s employees, from the leadership of staff to the structure that supports the organization.

Effective HR management reduces the risks associated with the various compliance issues that all organizations face. Compliance with governing legislation and best practices are paramount in ensuring that Human Resource practices are effective and costs stay low.
Employee Contribution to Group Benefits Premiums
Recently we discovered that a large employer was allowing employees on non-medical leaves of absence (i.e. sabbaticals) the opportunity to maintain benefits while on leave by paying for the benefits themselves. Had there been a claim of any kind, the plan carrier would not have paid it.
March 11, 2020 Webinar Wednesday
Nuvollo: How to best position IT for your non-profit organization
Find out about Microsoft Teams and its efficiencies for your organization: Collaboration, Sharepoint, Onedrive, Conference calls and video all in one. Teams is part of Office 365, with special rebates for ASSOCIUM GAIN members. Backups – 3-2-1-0 rule of thumb. Password complexity and New Multi-Factor Authentication, and Policy ++. Cyber-Security.
March 3, 2020 CE Credits
Learn and earn for Advisors
Session One
When: 8:00am – 12:00pm on Tuesday March 3, 2020
Where: ASSOCIUM Office, 1 Concorde Gate, Toronto, ON M3C 3N6
Cost: $40+HST = $45.20 total

Topics at a Glance
Human Resources – 2019 Year in review – Legislative Catch-Up
Group Benefits – Products Included In a Plan
Advantage – Group RRSP and Employee and Family Assistance Program 
Estate Planning – What to do now
Starting a New Project or Initiative?
Now is generally the time of year when organizations look at initiating new projects for the upcoming year, budgets and developing new targets. We hope that you will consider our Procurement Services division to help you meet these goals.

Although our primary focus is on group buying, our team helps in many other ways under the procurement umbrella. We can help to augment your internal team to maximize capacity and increase your productivity - and bottom line. The savings we can earn you might help to finance staffing, equipment or programming. Your ASSOCIUM GAIN/Advantage team will show you how we make good things happen for our members! We have been helping organizations of all sizes achieve their goals since 1996! Reach out today and see how we can help your business meet its operational and administrative objectives.

Contact  Jenn Poirier , Director of Operations and Procurement Services
#EqualforEach Cocktail Reception
by Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP
In honour International Women's Day 2020, Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP celebrates all the women who are making a difference.

And that includes you!  Because you're the professionals who work tirelessly to promote equity and diversity in your workplaces. You are the ones who mentor others, champion human rights, and cultivate equal and enabled workplaces.

Please join us for an evening of good company, good food, and the opportunity to hear our dynamic guest speaker -  Elizabeth Dipchand, IP lawyer, Board member for G(irls)20, and a Founding Member of The Big Push , a women-driven business accelerator that bridges the funding gap for women-led companies.

  • What: #EqualforEach Cocktail Reception
  • When: Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: 333 Bay Street, Suite 2500, Toronto ON

Please RSVP by February 25, 2020 to avoid disappointment as space is limited.
We look forward to celebrating with you!
Ask the Pharmacist: Ranitidine Recall
Alternative medications to Ranitidine
Ranitidine is the generic name of the commonly used over the counter heartburn medication Zantac. Though Ranitidine is considered an over the counter medication for relief of occasional heartburn, it is also sometimes prescribed for people that need to use it regularly as a maintenance medication for stomach ulcers or chronic heartburn.
How would your charity use $10,000?
Equitable Life of Canada is celebrating their 100th Anniversary in 2020
All it takes to enter is an original essay (not less than 100 words, not more than 500) describing the way in which they would use $10,000 to help further their charitable purposes and improve life for Canadians. Deadline is March 31, 2020.

All the details are on the Equitable Gives Back web site.
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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