By Breeonne Baxter on December 21, 2016
The holiday season can be a great time of year, but it can also be a stressful time for some. UBC Faculty and Staff (and your eligible dependants) can access to the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) to speak with a counsellor if you are having a difficult time this holiday season.
UBC’s EFAP provider Shepell offers confidential short-term counselling on many issues. You can call Shepell 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 the Shepell Care Access Centre at 1-800-387-4765 to chat with a counsellor, or visit their website at https://www.workhealthlife.com.
Please visit the HR EFAP page to learn more about the services provided by the UBC EFAP provider, enrolment information, and details on the eligibility of your dependants.
By Breeonne Baxter on November 30, 2016
The Winter 2016 issue of the Benefits FYI is now available.
- Important Changes to Medical Services Plan Premium effective Jan. 1, 2017
- Are You Separating or Getting a Divorce? Understand What Happens to Your Benefits
- Optional Life Insurance Rates Remain Unchanged for the Upcoming Year
- UBC Faculty & Staff Discount on Home & Tenant Insurance with TD Insurance
- Do You Have a Dependent Child Who is Thinking of Attending UBC? Attend an Information Session on Dec. 1, 2016
- Health, Fitness, and Family Discounts for UBC Staff & Faculty
- UBC Signs Groundbreaking Wellbeing Charter During Thrive Week
- End of Year Claims Reminders
- Sun Life Wants to Reward You for Making Healthy Lifestyle Choices
- Humans of Human Resource: Kristin Cacchioni
By Breeonne Baxter on April 2, 2014
April 2 is National Employee Benefits Day. This year, the focus of National Employee Benefits Day is to increase awareness of retirement, and to help people to actively engage in their financial wellness. Learn more at http://www.ifebp.org/AboutUs/NEBD/.
At UBC, faculty and staff have access to a wide ranging benefits plan that includes:
- medical services plan coverage
- extended health, emergency travel assistance (medi-passport), and dental coverage
- employee and family assistance program
- income replacement program (long-term disability)
- basic life insurance
- optional group life and accidental death & dismemberment insurance
- pension plan
- leave entitlements (including sick leaves and Supplemental Employment Benefits during maternity, parental and adoptive leaves)
- personal and professional development opportunities, such as the tuition fee benefit.
Check out your benefits by employee group at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/benefits/employee-groups/.
Questions about your benefits? Call 604-822-8111, or email email@example.com.
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 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.
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 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 Stephanie Mah on July 8, 2010
UBC’s Benefits insurance provider, Sun Life, is changing the claims process for custom-made orthopaedic shoes or orthotics purchases.
Effective Aug. 1, 2010, a detailed lab invoice will be required when you submit your claim. The detailed lab invoice should include an itemized breakdown of the raw materials used, their cost, and any other associated costs incurred to manufacture the custom-made shoes or orthotics.
The new requirement will expedite the reimbursement process and will allow you to receive reimbursement quicker. It will also assist Sun Life in the detection and management of potentially fraudulent practices by some suppliers. Make sure you request this invoice from your provider for purchases on or after Aug. 1, 2010.
If you have any questions, please contact Benefits.
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.