JUNE
2020
Since 1984
Topics In This Issue
  • People First
  • Access Your Employee Group Benefits Anywhere
  • Ontario Government Announces Change to Work Reduction/Temporary Layoff during COVID-19
  • Grand & Toy - AeraMax Professional Air Purifiers and Antimicrobial Computer Accessories
  • GAINtel Cloud Phone System
  • Ask the Pharmacist: Dehydration, Electrolytes, and Sports Drinks
People First
People are the most valuable resource of any organization, regardless of size.
This has been ASSOCIUM's reason for being since we were founded in 1984 as a Human Resources consulting firm. From there we evolved into a specialty Employee Health Benefits provider and launched an innovative Group Buying Program called ASSOCIUM GAIN.

Attract and retain employees
• Eighty-six percent of plan members agree that their health benefit plan is an important factor when deciding on a job offer
• Seventy-one percent of plan members agree that the health benefit plan is a strong incentive for them to stay with their employer
*2020 Sanofi Canada Healthcare Survey

ASSOCIUM's People First Services

  • Human Resources Consulting
  • Employee Health Benefits
  • Employee Assistance Plan
  • Group RRSP
  • Shared Services and Group Procurement (savings to invest in your people and programs)

To learn more about ASSOCIUM's services; contact your Advisor or your ASSOCIUM representative for a tailored solution for your organization.
Access Your Employee Group Benefits Anywhere
Easy to use mobile app and electronic booklets
The MDM Mobile App allows plan members to submit claims, view claims history, and coverage information directly from their mobile devices. Members log in using the personal Access ID and the same password used for the Online Claims web Portal. This app gets the job done with its simple no nonsense design. Navigating the options are easy and straight forward.


In June 2019 ASSOCIUM transitioned printed paper booklets to electronic versions. As more employees work remotely this is an easy and cost effective way to access and reference electronic booklets.

Ontario Government Announces Change to Work Reduction/Temporary Layoff during COVID-19
Employment Standards Act
On May 29th, 2020, the Ontario Government introduced a new regulation under the Employment Standards Act. The layoff provisions of the ESA have been temporarily amended to provide much needed relief to any employer who has had to temporarily layoff non-union employee(s) or reduce their hours or wages as a result of COVID-19.

Under the new regulation, any layoff or reduction in hours or wages that extends beyond the layoff period is exempt from being deemed a termination of employment, therefore removing the obligation to provide ESA notice and severance.

Read the full article to understand:
 
  • Reduction in hours and wages does not constitute a constructive dismissal
  • Reduction in hours and/or wages does not constitute a temporary layoff
  • Employee absence is now a leave of absence
  • Complaints
Grand & Toy Office Supplies and Facility Resources
AeraMax Professional Air Purifiers and Antimicrobial Computer Accessories
AeraMax Professional

Clean Air, Cleaner Facility.
Go beyond surface clean. Learn about wall mounted and floor stand professional air cleaners.


Seal Shield is the leader in infection prevention technology with fully washable and waterproof keyboards and mice, cleanable screen protectors and UV-C Disinfection cabinet, the Electroclave.


OFFICE SUPPLIES | INTERIORS & FURNITURE | PRINT & DOCUMENTS
 FACILITY RESOURCES | TECHNOLOGY
Working Remotely?
Move your phone system to the cloud in as little as 24 hours
The GAINtel Cloud phone system provides your organization with the advanced telecom capabilities of a large organization, without any large capital costs.

A work from anywhere phone system will provide your team the flexibility they need to adapt to the challenges we face in 2020. No payments till Sept 1 will help you do it now.

How We Can Help

Have questions? Not a problem. We'll arrange a consultative phone meeting to answer all your questions and see if it's a good fit for your organization.
Dehydration, Electrolytes, and Sports Drinks
Steps you can take to avoid dehydration
With the summer season now upon us, temperatures around the world are rising and the chances of becoming dehydrated increases dramatically. Dehydration is when an excessive amount of water is lost from the body, often accompanied by an insufficiency in the amount of electrolytes in the body. Electrolytes are important chemicals that have essential roles in the body such as regulating the electrical charge in the cells of the body and controlling the flow of water in and out of cells.

Examples of electrolytes include sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. They also help regulate your heart beat and assist your muscles in contracting. When left untreated, dehydration can be dangerous in all age groups, especially children and older adults.

  • Causes of dehydration
  • Know the signs and symptoms of dehydration
  • Prevention and treatment of dehydration
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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