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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Breeonne Baxter on September 19, 2011
Many thanks to all who braved the rain to attend the Welcome Back Staff BBQ on Sept. 15 at the Vancouver campus. It was great to see everyone, and we hope you had a great time.
Congratulations to B. Alexander for winning the 50/50 draw! And a big thank-you to everyone who donated to the United Way at the BBQ.
Now, for some pictures from the event:
By Breeonne Baxter on September 14, 2011
Sun Life, UBC’s benefits provider, has launched a new mobile app for iPhone and Blackberry.
With the app, you can
- submit and track medical, dental and vision claims;
- use your smartphone as your drug and travel cards;
- check plan balances; and
- use interactive tools to see how you can increase your savings.
Find out how to download the apps at http://www.sunlife.ca/mobile/.
Want to know more about UBC Benefits? Visit our Benefits site.
By Catherine Pitman on September 8, 2011
Each year, the President’s Office and Human Resources welcome UBC staff to the new academic year with the Welcome Back Staff BBQ (Vancouver). Held in September and produced by Ceremonies & Events, the event is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a complimentary lunch, live entertainment, information booths, and the camaraderie of your UBC staff colleagues.
If you registered for the BBQ, you will receive your lunch wristband from your department contact in advance of the event. If you missed registration and would like to attend, please bring your UBC Card with you to the registration booth on the day of the BBQ. A limited number of wristbands will be available at the registration booth for those who hold UBC staff appointments.
By Breeonne Baxter on August 31, 2011
UBC students (who pay AMS fees) are automatically enrolled in the UBC AMS/GSS Student Health Plan. If UBC faculty and staff are taking undergraduate or graduate courses with their tuition waivers, you can opt-out of the Student Health Plan by showing proof of coverage of your UBC Benefits. Similarly, if your dependent children are enrolled at UBC, they may be eligible to opt-out of the student health plan by showing proof of coverage through a parent’s benefits plan.
UBC Faculty or Staff with a child attending UBC
Eligible dependent children (up to the age of 25 and who are in full-time attendance in their program) who are covered under a parent’s UBC Extended Health and Dental Care plans may opt out of the UBC AMS/GSS Student Health plan if they provide confirmation of this coverage. To request a confirmation letter on behalf of your child, staff and faculty need to contact their Benefits Representative in Financial Services (see below). Once received, your dependent can request to opt-out of the plan by visiting www.ihaveaplan.ca.
UBC Faculty or Staff Taking Credit Courses at UBC
Staff and Faculty who are taking undergraduate or graduate courses may opt out of the UBC Student Health Plan. To opt-out of the UBC AMS/GSS Student Health Plan, staff and faculty must provide confirmation of their coverage under the UBC Extended Health Plan. The quickest way is to visit www.sunlife.ca/member and print their Sun Life coverage card. To make a request to opt-out of the plan, visit www.ihaveaplan.ca.
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By Kathy Pang on May 11, 2011
Faculty Pension Plan members will start receiving their 2011
first quarter newsletter and statement packages this week.
In this issue of the Pension News:
- Feature article on Feeling Good About Fees
- Retirement Counselling Funding
- Market Commentary
- Fund Performance and Composition
- 2011 Variable Payment Life Annuities (VPLA)
- Upcoming New Member and Retirement Workshops
By Kathy Pang on May 10, 2011
The Annual Report issue of the Staff Pension Plan May 2011 newsletter has been released. Plan members will receive a copy of the newsletter with their Active and Deferred annual statements.
In this issue:
- Annual Statement information
- 2010 Year In Review
- 2010 Investment Review by UBC IMANT
- Invitation to the 2011 SPP Pension Fair
View the May Update newsletter