Benefits

Benefits After Normal Retirement Date

Faculty members who continue to work past their Normal Retirement Date and have not commenced a retirement benefit with their Pension Plan funds can continue to access most benefits. NRD is the December 31 or June 30 following the member’s 65th birthday. Two benefits, Income Replacement Plan (coverage ends 6 months prior to your NRD) and Spousal Life Insurance automatically cease for all faculty and the following benefits continue:

  • Health Benefits (MSP, Ext Health & Dental)
  • Basic Group Life Insurance (benefit is reduced to 1x annual salary)
  • Optional Life Insurance (member only)
  • Faculty Pension Plan
  • Professional Development Reimbursement (PDR) Funds
  • Tuition Waiver

If a faculty members decides to access their Faculty Pension Plan funds after their Normal Retirement Date health and insurance benefits cease.  At the end of the calendar year in which a faculty member turns age 71 all benefits cease except tuition waivers and PDR Funds.  Faculty members can apply for the Post-Retirement and Survivor Benefits Program.

Study Leave is for Study or Research

A reminder that study leave is intended to permit a member of faculty to pursue study or research, of benefit to the individual and the University. During the period of leave faculty members should not be asked to take on additional duties, whether those duties are with pay or not.

Cancellation of Study Leave

A reminder regarding the cancellation of study leave due to illness, maternity and/or parental leave.

Cancellation of Study Leave Due to Illness

When a faculty member becomes ill for a significant period of time during the Study Leave, then the leave could be converted to a Sick Leave as necessary. If the Sick Leave is only for a short period and does not result in the cancellation of the Study Leave, then the Study Leave arrangement continues unchanged until the normal end of the term of the leave.

If the Study Leave must be converted to a Sick Leave, then the salary will be returned to the full level that was in effect prior to the start of the Study Leave.

The Study Leave time that is converted to Sick Leave is deferred to a later date which is mutually agreed upon by the member and the department, and the amount of salary paid during the leave will be the same as the original Study Leave salary entitlement. Accrual of time for the next Study Leave will commence as of the end-date of the original Study Leave.

Cancellation of Study Leave during Maternity/Parental Leave

If a faculty member goes on Maternity or Parental Leave during the Study Leave, then the Study Leave will be cancelled. The salary entitlement and deferral of the Study Leave will be handled in the same manner as in the cancellation due to illness.

If you have any questions regarding cancellations of study leave, please connect with the applicable contact at Faculty Relations (Vancouver Campus) or Human Resources (Okanagan Campus) contact. Contact information can be found at www.hr.ubc.ca/faculty-relations/contact/.

Vacation

A reminder to all regarding the policies and procedures for vacation time and vacation pay entitlement. The differences in entitlements for each group under the Faculty Relations umbrella are as follows:

  • Regular tenure stream faculty and Lecturers are entitled to one month of paid annual vacation leave each year.
  • Librarians and Program Directors entitlement varies depending on length of continuous service. For more information, please visit Policy #56.
  • Sessional Lecturers are entitled to 4% of gross earnings in lieu of vacation to be paid with the salary payment each payday. After five consecutive years of full-time equivalent service, vacation pay rises to 6% of gross earnings.
  • Research Associates and Postdoctoral Fellows may negotiate paid annual vacation entitlement with their supervisor and/or Department Head. At a minimum, they are entitled to paid annual vacation leave each year as per ss. 57 and 58 of the Employment Standards Act (ESA) which provides them the following:
    • After 12 consecutive months of employment, 2 weeks of leave with a total pay for that time being 4% of their total wages earned in the previous year.
    • After 5 consecutive years of employment, 3 weeks of leave with a total pay for that time being 6% of their total wages earned in the previous year.
  • Clinical and Adjunct Professors are generally not entitled to paid annual vacation leave as they are likely, by virtue of their profession, excluded from the ESA through operation of s. 31 of the Employment Standards Regulations (Regulations). However, please check the Regulations to determine whether the clinical or adjunct professor falls within the exception as it only applies to certain listed professions (e.g. architecture, law, and medicine). If the clinical or adjunct is not an excluded professional, their paid annual vacation entitlement is the same as for research associates and postdoctoral fellows.

Please note that departments must ensure that employees take their paid annual vacation.

Medical Services Plan (MSP) While On Study Leave

Faculty who plan to temporarily reside outside of British Columbia for over six months in a calendar year (e.g. while on study leave) need to contact MSP to either arrange for continued coverage or to suspend coverage. Residency has important considerations for eligibility for coverage and premiums. Although absences were previously reported to the University, absences should now be directly reported to MSP. For more information on leaving British Columbia, please visit the MSP website.