How Changes to EI Parental Benefits Can Impact You

How Changes to EI Parental Benefits Can Impact You


In our last issue of Benefits FYI, we summarized the federal government changes to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits for maternity and parental leaves that came into effect on December 3, 2017.

To explain how EI benefits (maternity and parental) and UBC’s Supplemental Employment Benefits (SEB) top-up work, we’ve organized the details by birth mother, birth father and adopting parents. We’ve also included four scenarios to help illustrate the information.


Humans of Human Resources: Terri Jones

This month, we profile Terri Jones, Human Resources Advisor at the Okanagan campus.

Tell us about yourself.

I was born in Alberta and raised in the lower mainland of BC, where I lived until recently. With close family in the Okanagan, I’ve visited Kelowna and Lake Country many times over the years. I was offered the opportunity to move to Kelowna to accept the position of Human Resources Advisor at the Okanagan campus.

I began my post-secondary career working in finance for payroll services at the college level. I was drawn to the human resources profession [and pursued my HR education] at BCIT, along with some speciality HR offerings at UBC and the Justice Institute of BC. I have 13 years of progressive human resource experience specific to the post- secondary sector, from college to university-college to university environments.

What do you do in HR?

As a Human Resources Advisor, I support all levels of the organization in my portfolio by providing advice and guidance on a wide range of issues related to the workplace, such as recruitment and selection support and strategies, faculty and staff collective agreement interpretation, conflict resolution, unit reorganizations, attendance and performance management, job design and classification.

I strive for a curious approach to understand subject context and to ensure timely communications for those involved.

I look forward to supporting my UBC Okanagan clients with their HR queries and workplace needs.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

When not at work, I like to get away from the hustle and bustle and spend my time outdoors, either hiking, gardening or exploring new areas. My dog, Lola, joins me in most of my outdoor activities.

I have a deep interest in all genres of music and attend concerts and music events when possible. I like to read and socialize with friends and family, and I’m an avid Scrabble player. With my move to the Okanagan, I am looking forward to kayaking this summer.

Photo: Carleigh Benoit