By Breeonne Baxter on April 20, 2012
UBC has been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers in 2012.
UBC’s many sustainability oriented initiatives include the Sustainability Coordinators Program, Sustainability in Rez, the “100-mile dinners” program, and, more broadly, UBC’s commitment to aggressive greenhouse gas emission reductions and the continued development of new facilities that meet or exceed Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification.
The Sustainability Coordinators Program provides staff with the support, awareness, skills and tools needed to champion sustainability in their departments. Over 150 Sustainability Coordinators inspire their colleagues to make changes in energy use, food conservation, waste management and recycling, and in choosing sustainable office supplies.
UBC is a hub for green innovation and research excellence, with students, staff and faculty involved in turning the campus into a living laboratory for sustainability. The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, a showcase for green construction with minimal impact on the environment, opened in late 2011 and is currently targeting LEED Platinum certification.
By Breeonne Baxter on March 7, 2012
In November, 2011, UBC held its second Workplace Experiences Survey, an opportunity for staff and faculty to share what you think about working at UBC. Visit the Focus on People Workplace Experiences Survey page to see the results.
By Breeonne Baxter on February 28, 2012
With winter upon us, UBC Human Resources would like to remind everyone of the UBC Winter Weather Procedure.
In the event of a heavy snowfall, the University may make the decision to cancel classes and curtail non-essential services. In such an event, the University will broadcast the closure on the UBC.ca website, along with announcements on local radio and television.
The closures will be campus-specific, so make sure to check out the UBC website for information on your campus.
Learn more about Winter Weather protocol at UBC.
By Breeonne Baxter on February 21, 2012
Some of the reasons why University of British Columbia was selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers 2012:
- the University maintains offices for Equity and Access and Diversity, to encourage dialogue and promote on-campus awareness of diversity, equity and inclusion
- recently introduced “equity briefings” for search committees and is currently expanding equity training as well as engaging in a review of employment systems to identify barriers to employment or advancement within the University
- also appointed a Director of Intercultural Understanding, whose role is to increase cross-cultural understanding and manage related campus-wide initiatives
- is developing a pilot program in partnership with the “Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing” and the “Open Door” group to recruit individuals with disabilities
- manages a campus-wide “Positive Space” campaign to increase awareness of LGBT issues and offers educational workshops for faculty, staff, and students on the impact of homophobia and heterosexism
- created an Aboriginal strategic plan in 2008 to enhance recruitment, support, and advancement initiatives for Aboriginal faculty and staff — the plan also includes curriculum programming to ensure Aboriginal issues and perspectives are represented.
For more information on UBC’s people practices, please visit Focus on People.
By Breeonne Baxter on February 13, 2012
Last week, Campus Security and the RCMP issued a security alert after a student was attacked on University Boulevard. While such incidents do not happen often on campus, it is best to be aware of your surroundings, and to be aware of UBC’s safety resources:
- Use AMS Safewalk (604.822.5355) to request accompaniment while walking on campus.
- Use any of the three Community Shuttles on campus. Times and routes can be found at the TREK web site.
- Know the location of the UBC Blue Phones. They connect directly to Campus Security.
- Know your location on campus and be able to describe where you are if you need to call for help.
- When entering or exiting a locked building, ensure that the door is secured before proceeding.
- In the event of an emergency, call 911. If you see suspicious circumstances call Campus Security at 604.822.2222.
Visit the Campus Security website for full information on safety resources on campus.
By Breeonne Baxter on December 21, 2011
The following benefit premium rates for UBC employees will be changing effective Jan. 1, 2012:
- Medical Services Plan (MSP)
- Employee and Spousal Optional Life
- Disability Benefit Plan for the “Other” Subgroup
- Disability Benefit Plan for Management & Professional Staff
- Income Replacement Plan for Faculty
- Extended Health and Dental Care for Sessional Faculty Under 50% Time
Medical Services Plan (MSP)
Premium rates for the provincial Medical Services Plan (MSP) are increasing, effective Jan. 1, 2012. UBC Employees who pay their MSP premiums through payroll deduction will see the increased cost on their Dec. 31, 2011 paycheque.
The new premiums will increase by $3.50 per month for individuals and $7 per month for couples and families. The new rates are:
- Single: $64
- Couple (family of two): $116
- Family (family of three or more): $128
The UBC employer and employee cost-sharing percentages for calculating MSP premium deductions will remain unchanged. For example, employees who pay 75% of the MSP monthly premium will continue to pay 75% of the new premium rate. Please note that MSP deductions are taken one month in advance, so employees who pay the full or partial cost will see the increased deduction on their Dec. 31, 2011, paycheques.
For a detailed list of the adjusted monthly rates by employee group and premium cost-sharing arrangement, please visit the UBC Human Resources Benefits Premium Rates page.
Employee and Spousal Optional Life
Effective Jan. 1, 2012, the UBC Employee and Spousal Optional Life premium rates will decrease by approximately 5%. Employees who are enrolled for Optional Life will the lower premium on their Dec. 31, 2011, paycheque (premiums are taken one month in advance). For more information, please review the UBC Human Resources Memo that was sent to employees affected by the change.
Disability Benefit Plan for the “Other” Subgroup
Effective Jan. 1, 2012, the Disability Benefit Plan premium rate for the “Other” subgroup will increase to 0.867% of monthly earnings. For more information, please review the UBC Human Resources Memo that was sent to employees affected by the change.
Disability Benefit Plan for Management & Professional Staff
Effective Jan. 1, 2012, the Disability Benefit Plan premium rate for Management & Professional Staff will decrease to 1.346% of monthly earnings. For more information, please review the UBC Human Resources Memo that was sent to Management & Professional Staff affected by the change.
Income Replacement Plan for Faculty
Effective Jan. 1, 2012, the Income Replacement Plan for Faculty moves to the fully-insured arrangement. There is also a new formula to calculate the monthly disability benefit for new claimants and a decrease to the premium rate to 0.65% of monthly earnings. For more information, please review the UBC Human Resources Memo that was sent to Faculty Members, Academic Executives and Staff High Earners affected by the change.
Extended Health and Dental Care for Sessional Faculty With Appointments Under 50% Time
Effective Jan. 1, 2012, the Extended Health and Dental Care premium rate for Sessional Faculty Under 50% will increase by 2% for Extended Health and 5% for Dental Care. For more information, please review the UBC Human Resources Memo that was sent to Sessional Faculty affected by the change.
If you have any questions or concerns about these changes, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Breeonne Baxter on December 20, 2011
All outstanding 2010 extended health claims must be received by Sun Life no later than Dec. 31/2011 to receive reimbursement.
Submit a claim
Use the fillable PDF version of the extended health care claim form for your employee group, and attach your receipts. Make a copy of your claim for your records, then send the original to Sun Life at the address on the form.
To submit a claim online, login to the Sun Life Members website using your Access ID and select “My Claims” to submit an e-claim. If you don’t have an Access ID, contact Sun Life at 1-800-361-6212 to sign up.
By Breeonne Baxter on December 15, 2011
Most of the HR office functions will be closed over the holiday break (Dec. 28-30). We will have an HR Associate and an HR advisor available during office hours via the HR Service Centre telephone number, 604-822-8111.
Compensation: Voicemail will be available at 604-822-2481.
Faculty Relations: The office will be closed over the holiday break. Voicemail can be left at the FR Reception Desk, 604-827-1010.
Pensions: The office will be closed from 12:00 p.m. on Dec. 23 to Jan 2.
Staff Finders: The office will be closed over the holiday break. Voicemail during that time can be left with the Placement Coordinator, 604-822-8107.
Any packages or deliveries can be left with Financial Services, 305 – 2075 Wesbrook Mall (General Services Admin Building).
We will re-open Jan. 3, 2011 at 8:30 a.m.
For general Human Resources information and to apply for jobs online, please visit our website.
By Breeonne Baxter on October 18, 2011
Expecting an addition to your family? We have a step-by-step guide to taking a maternity, parental or adoptive leave at UBC available on our website.
The step-by-step instructions will guide you through the following processes:
- notifying your Department of your leave;
- requesting a Record of Employment;
- applying for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits available from Service Canada;
- applying for UBC Supplemental Employment Benefit (SEB) top-up;
- maintaining your benefits while on leave; and
- enrolling your newborn on the UBC benefits plans.
For further information, please visit the Leaves section of the UBC Human Resources website and click on the maternity, parental or adoptive leaves section for your particular employment group.
If you have any questions, or you have feedback on the guide itself, please contact HR Benefits Analyst Stephanie Mah at email@example.com.