By Breeonne Baxter on October 28, 2010
The Fall 2010 issue of Benefits FYI is here! Check out this edition, which features stories on:
- New Sun Life sign-in page for plan members
- The UBC Health Challenge
- Benefits at the UBC Thrive Wellness Fair
Read Benefits FYI: Fall 2010 online.
By Breeonne Baxter on September 13, 2010
UBC Athletics has a number of offerings for UBC Staff and Faculty during the school year. UBC Employees can access Athletics and Recreation programs such as:
- $5 tickets for all UBC Thunderbird games
- Access to Intramural Programs
- Discounts on UBC REC programs
- Discounted access to the UBC Aquatic Centre, the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, and UBC Birdcoop.
For a full list of Athletics and Recreation opportunities on the Vancouver campus for Staff and Faculty, view the brochure (pdf).
By Breeonne Baxter on August 20, 2010
- The New Benefits Website
- Sun Life Closes Edmonton Office
- Going Green Update
- New Requirements for Orthopaedic Shoes and Orthotics
By Breeonne Baxter on June 14, 2010
If you’re thinking about retirement, check out the HR website at http://hr.ubc.ca/retiring/ for information about transitioning into retirement.
By Breeonne Baxter on June 8, 2010
Moving to a new house or apartment can be a busy and chaotic process. Once the dust has settled and you’ve managed to find the coffee cups, make sure to change your address with UBC, to ensure that you’ll continue receiving all information:
Faculty and Staff Self-Service
The one-stop address change location is in UBC’s Faculty and Staff Self-Service portal. Under the “myPersonal Info” tab, select “Home and Mailing Address” to update your address. While you’re there, make sure that your emergency contacts and email address are up-to-date as well!
Medical Services Plan (UBC Group Enrolment)
If you are enrolled in the provincial Medical Services Plan through UBC group enrollment (a direct debit from your UBC paycheque), you will need to contact Payroll to change your address on the MSP system:
- Fill out Section E of the MSP change form, and submit the form to Financial Services (Forms and addresses are available at the Benefits Forms page).
- Email Payroll, indicating that you need to change your address with MSP. You can find your payroll portfolio representative contact information online.
By Breeonne Baxter on February 22, 2010
11,087 hot dogs sold in the first five games! UBC Food Services staff have been serving up a storm to the spectators watching Olympic ice hockey at Thunderbird Arena.
Check out Game Time for a message from Andrew Parr, Managing Director of Food Services: UBC Food Services serves thousands at UBC Thunderbird Arena:
To accomplish this takes immense hard work and dedication from a huge team of Food Service professionals. From production staff making huge volumes of excellent meals to distribution staff, to house staff and store person, all service and front of house staff and a strong management and administration team, everyone needs to work in unison to make all this happen.
-Feb. 16 issue of Game Time
With only a few games to go at UBC’s Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Arena, the UBC Food Services’ staff have certainly outdone themselves. Amazing job, everyone!
By Kathy Pang on February 10, 2010
There are important changes coming up for both the UBC Staff Pension Plan and the UBC Faculty Pension Plan. These changes as well as helpful articles for members can be read in the Staff Pension Plan Update February 2010 issue and the Faculty Pension Plan’s 2009 Fourth Quarter Pension News.
Watch your mailbox this week as members will start receiving copies of their respective newsletters. Visit the Pensions website for more information.
By Breeonne Baxter on January 22, 2010
The UBC Point Grey campus is home to the world-renowned Museum of Anthropology. This weekend, on Jan. 23-24/10, MOA will hold a Celebration of Creativity to celebrate the completion of the Museum’s recent renovation and expansion. The celebration is open to all, and free to the public. Visit the MOA Events page for details on the weekend’s celebration.
If you can’t make it to the opening weekend, you can visit the Museum over the coming months. UBC Staff, Faculty and Students get free admission year-round by presenting your valid UBC ID at the door.
The Museum of Anthropology Celebration of Creativity is co-presented by the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad.
By Breeonne Baxter on December 23, 2009
The holiday season can be a great time of year, but it can also be quite stressful for some people. UBC Faculty and Staff (and your eligible dependants) can access to the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP), provided by Human Solutions, to speak with a counsellor if you are having a difficult time this holiday season.
Human Solutions offers confidential short-term counselling on many issues. You can call Human Solutions if you need to talk with someone about:
- Relationship problems
- Parenting and caregiver concerns
- Work-related issues
- Stress and anxiety
- Alcohol and drug dependencies
- Financial advisory services
- Nutritional counseling
Call Human Solutions at 1.800.663.1142.
As part of your enrollment in the EFAP plan, your eligible dependants can also access EFAP services.
Please visit the HR Benefits website and click on your employee group to learn more about the services provided by the UBC EFAP provider, enrollment information, and details on the eligibility of your dependants.
By Stephanie Mah on December 18, 2009
In BC, the provincial government provides medical insurance to all residents of the province. MSP covers medically required services, such as a doctor’s visit or medically necessary surgery.
All residents of BC must enroll in MSP. There are two ways for UBC employees to pay MSP premiums – the government either sends you an invoice directly, or you can enroll through the UBC Group MSP. If your spouse or partner’s employer also offers benefits coverage, make sure you are enrolled under the employer’s plan that offers the best cost-sharing arrangement to you.
(If you are already enrolled in the UBC Group MSP, you’ll stay enrolled until you leave the University or cancel your coverage. You can check your UBC Group MSP enrollment at the UBC Employee Self-Service Portal.)