DECEMBER
2019
Since 1984
Topics In This Issue
  • Significant Changes For Federal Sector Employees
  • Year End Review and Predictions for the Upcoming Year
  • A Christmas Thank You
  • Common Law Reasonable Notice vs. Statutory Notice
  • Ask the Pharmacist: Vitamin D
Significant Changes For Federal Sector Employees
What are the changes and who does this affect?
Significant changes have been made to the Canada Labour Code that will impact Federal Sector Employees. The changes were to take effect on September 17, 2019. This article highlights some of the areas of the Canada Labour Code that have been impacted.
Year End Review and Predictions for the Upcoming Year
The next year at ASSOCIUM will be an exciting one
As the year draws to a close, it is a good time to look at the trends and issues in employee benefits for 2019 and to uncover what we can expect in the year to come. ASSOCIUM has spoken in depth with our partner carriers and many Advisors to identify trends over this past year and what to look forward to in the year ahead.
A Christmas Thank You
Dixon Hall Neighborhood Services
On behalf of ASSOCIUM, thank you to our friends and partners for your donations to help give a Christmas to some clientele at Dixon Hall Neighborhood Services. Through your generosity, five mothers and their children will receive items from their needs and wish lists, to help make things a little brighter for them this year. Because of you, 17 people experienced the spirit of the season and know that they are important.

It is our hope that when they look back on this past Christmas there will be some joy of unwrapping gifts to help lift the sorrow of not being in their home for the holiday. With love, many people purchased lovely items that were in direct need or wish; with love, people purchased gift cards so that these families might walk into stores and purchase on their own.

Thank you for helping to spread a little Santa magic, again this year.
Common Law Reasonable Notice vs. Statutory Notice
From our legal partner, Filion Wakely, Thorup, Angeletti LLP
In a non-unionized workplace an employer can end an employment relationship with an employee for any reason on a “without cause” basis, so long as the termination is not contrary to any contract or law such as, for instance, the Human Rights Code or the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

In every employment contract, whether verbal or written, it is implied that the employer will provide reasonable notice of termination when the termination is without cause. 
Ask the Pharmacist: Vitamin D
Health Canada Guidelines for Vitamin D Supplementation
Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, is one of the essential vitamins that people need to acquire, primarily through their diet and exposure to sunlight. It is responsible for many functions inside the human body, the most important of which is to increase the absorption of calcium from food, needed for strong bones.

Almost 50% of the population worldwide has a vitamin D insufficiency, while an estimated 1 in 7 suffer from vitamin D deficiency.
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.             
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