(as much as we can in the space and time allowed)

Last month we talked about Short Term Disability (STD) and services available to manage STD claims.

There is no doubt that Long Term Disability (LTD) is the most important benefit in any employee benefit plan and can also be the most complicated. In this article we'll discuss these questions:
  • What is LTD?
  • What does LTD cover?
  • How much does it pay?
  • What is a Non-Evidence maximum?
  • What is the waiting or elimination period?
  • What is the application process?
Read the full story on LTD >

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As HR Professionals, have we ever given much thought to the language we use to describe elements of our work?

ASSOCIUM Consultants is a strong proponent of knowledge sharing. Beyond this goal of knowledge sharing and encouraging client dialogue on topical issues within the HR spectrum we also think it's important to give voice to dialogue at the [HR] function level.

Dialogue at this level serves many diagnostics purposes including an opportunity to challenge the status quo and push the learning curve on all things technical and/or procedural. It also allows HR professionals to re-calibrate/re-frame their approach to service delivery against the backdrop of changing business and legislative landscapes.

This month's article by Michael Zroback, which reflects his personal opinion, combines both client and practitioner considerations. It touches on elements of language common to HR professionals in organizations across all sectors. Also, it discusses the impact of language (both implicit and explicit) on shaping workplace perceptions, interactions and policy formulation.

The article is a timely piece against the backdrop of Bills 168 and 132. If you are not familiar with these pieces of legislation, then hopefully this article will compel you to get a bit more curious. As always, we are just a knowledge sharing phone call away.
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ASSOCIUM Community Chest

The ASSOCIUM Community Chest (ACC) represents our commitment to helping build sustainable communities. We believe that true equality for people comes through economic independence and the opportunity to pursue their interests with dignity and respect. The ACC seeks to help support and guide promising entrepreneurs in our communities who otherwise may never be given a chance. ASSOCIUM GAIN's experience and partnership with the not-for-profit sector has given us a perspective on the wealth of untapped talent that can be found there; we need only afford these individuals the opportunity and tools for success.

The ASSOCIUM Community Chest is a multistep micro-funding program designed to connect people with viable business ideas with a system of support and help them build their ideas into plans for success.

If you would like to be recognized in this section of our newsletter or website, please forward a short article to admin@associum.com. 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!
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Recognizing Gas and Gas Pain

For most people, the symptoms of Gas and Gas Pain are obvious. Every one has gas. Sometimes the symptoms can be painful, constant or intense which may feel like something is seriously wrong.

Find out more about:
  • symptoms
  • causes
  • treatment
  • prevention
eventsUpcoming Events
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 so that we can post it for you - complimentary for ASSOCIUM GAIN members. 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.
There's still time to register FORE the
ASSOCIUM Golf Tournament

Thursday August 18th 2016

Come on out for a fabulous day of golf at Whitevale Golf Club, a private course in the town of Whitevale near Pickering. This tournament benefits Broad Reach Foundation and the ASSOCIUM Community Chest. Each registered golfer will be entered to win an assortment of very cool prizes!

Nelson Johnson Memorial Golf Invitational
Thursday, August 18th, 2016

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For over 30 years, ASSOCIUM Consultants continues to lead the industry in specialized human resource services and organizational development.

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.
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