Memo: 2020 Income Replacement Plan Premium Rate Change (January 14, 2020)

On Jan. 8, HR issued a memo: 2020 Income Replacement Plan Premium Rate Change

The long-term disability plan for Faculty Association members, Academic & Administrative Executives, and M&P staff enrolled in the Faculty Pension Plan (FPP) is called the UBC Income Replacement Plan (“IRP”). This is a mandatory, employee-paid plan that provides a monthly income should you become unable to work due to illness or disability, once you have passed the qualifying period.

In 2020, the IRP premium rate will decrease from 1.487% to 1.190% of earnings. The new premium rate will be implemented on the first pay cheque after January 1st.

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Black Activism in Education and Community: Exposing Anti-Black Racism in Vancouver with Shelby McPhee

Recent and ongoing incidents in Vancouver and Canada illustrate that anti-Black racism is very much a local reality. Black communities that include activists, artists and academics have a long history of working to create new narratives, analyses and immersive experiences that shift this reality.

This event highlights the thinking and efforts of Black communities, and aims to expand the public conversation and prompt non-Black communities to act in effective solidarity to dismantle anti-Black racism.

Our special guest for this event is Shelby McPhee, a recent graduate of Acadia University, who will share stories and comments on how to recognize and address anti-Black racism.

The event is jointly hosted by the UBC Black Caucus, Centre for Culture, Identity and Education, and the Equity & Inclusion Office.

The event is free but registration is required.

To register or for more information about this event, visit:

Call for Applications – Trans, Two-Spirit and Gender Diversity Task Force

The UBC Equity and Inclusion Office is committed to building a more inclusive campus community. As part of efforts to advance these commitments, a Trans, Two-Spirit, and Gender Diversity task force will provide strategic direction to UBC’s senior leadership in the area of gender identity, gender expression and human rights.

Interested? Apply by February 9, 2020.

To learn more or apply for the task force, visit:

Featured Focus on People story: Career development program helps build a sense of community for new faculty at UBC

Hear from Emily Renoe, Senior Educational Consultant at UBC’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT), and learn about the Teaching Development Program (TDP) for New Faculty. The program, developed by CTLT, is helping those who are new to teaching build a foundation for their careers.

Currently hosting its first cohort of 38 faculty members from UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan, this pilot professional development program creates opportunities for faculty to connect across the university and to develop the specific skills they need to thrive.

Check out our latest Focus on People story to learn more!

Share your stories

Are you working on initiatives that support the Focus on People 2025 framework? Would you like to spread the word about them? Reach out to Monique Rodrigues, Focus on People Project & Communications Coordinator, to share your ideas.

Let’s talk about mental health on Jan. 29: Bell Let’s Talk Day

On Jan. 29, let’s talk about mental health. Bell Let’s Talk Day is an opportunity to join a national conversation about mental health challenges and to help reduce the stigma around mental illness.

“Having struggled with depression throughout my youth and young adult life, I know how important it is to speak openly and honestly about mental health issues.  There is nothing to be ashamed of and things can get better with appropriate support and counseling. Thanks to programs like Bell Let’s Talk, we can now have an open and honest dialogue about mental health.” – President Santa Ono

UBC is committed to building mentally healthy workplaces where all employees can thrive – and we all have a part to play. Our ability to live, learn, work and support one another at UBC depends on our mental health and resilience. Bell Let’s Talk Day is one of the ways we encourage UBC faculty, staff and students to think about mental health, to reach out to one another and connect with the resources, services and supports available at UBC and in the broader community.

Five simple ways you can support mental health at UBC*

  1. Learn about mental health supports
  2. Find out how you can help a colleague in distress or help a student in distress.
  3. Register for a mental health training program or workshop at UBC Vancouver.
  4. Sign up to participate in the Not Myself Campaign to learn how to support talking openly about mental health in your workplace.
  5. Share the Wellbeing in Teaching and Learning Environments resources in your workplace.

* Available at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan unless otherwise noted.

End the stigma around mental illness

One in five people in Canada will experience a mental health issue or illness in any given year. One of the biggest hurdles for anyone suffering from mental illness is overcoming societal and cultural prejudices about mental health issues. It is the number one reason why two-thirds of those living with a mental illness do not seek help.

Bell Let’s Talk offers 5 simple ways to help end the stigma that keeps too many who struggle with mental illness from seeking the help they need:

  • Language matters
  • Educate yourself
  • Be kind
  • Listen and ask
  • Talk about it

Get involved with Bell Let’s Talk Day at UBC

  • Jan. 29: Visit one of the many Bell Let’s Talk booths hosted by the Wellness Peers and student leader groups all over campus.  Faculty and staff are invited to stop by to get a Bell Let’s Talk toque and other swag (UBC Vancouver)
  • Jan. 31 (7:00 p.m.): Attend the Bell Let’s Talk Women’s Hockey Game, UBC vs. Lethbridge at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre (UBC Vancouver)

Thank you for supporting Bell Let’s Talk Day and for contributing to a safe, healthy and respectful community at UBC.

About Bell Let’s Talk Day

Bell Let’s Talk is a charitable program dedicated to the promotion and support of mental health across Canada. Since 2010, Bell has committed to donate at least $100 million to support a wide range of mental health organizations, large and small, from coast to coast focusing on anti-stigma, care and access, workplace mental health and research. Annually, on Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell donates 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for each engagement on social media.

Memo: Submit staff sick leave statistics for 2019

On Jan. 8, HR issued a memo to Submit staff sick leave statistics for 2019.

Actions for HR administrators:

  • Submit January-December 2019 staff sick leave statistics by Jan. 31, 2020.
  • Review past years’ sick leave statistics for staff.

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Understanding Your Staff Pension Plan workshops this spring

The Pension Administration Office is hosting several spring sessions of the Understanding Your Staff Pension Plan workshop, an informative  session designed for both potential and current members of the UBC Staff Pension Plan. All ages are welcome to attend.  Below are a list of upcoming dates and times.

  • Jan. 16, 2020, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
  • Jan. 29, 2020, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
  • Feb. 13, 2020, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
  • Feb. 25, 2020, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
  • March 12, 2020, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
  • March 24, 2020, 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Learn more and register at the SPP Workshops page:

Participate in Data Privacy Week at UBC: Jan. 27-31, 2020

International Data Privacy Day is Jan. 28, and is an international effort to empower individuals and institutions to respect privacy, safeguard data and enable trust.

To highlight the significance of data privacy at UBC, a week of programming has been developed to provide faculty and staff with more insight on recent work by the Office of University Counsel, Safety and Risk Services, and the Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) covering the impact technology is having on our privacy rights while underlining the importance of valuing and protecting personal information at UBC.

Events are free to attend, and will occur at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan over the week of Jan. 27-31. RSVP is required by Jan. 24 due to limited seating. Visit for the full line-up of events.

Featured Focus on People stories

Our Focus on People 2025 framework had an exciting 2019. We created an implementation plan and started publishing stories to showcase how the UBC community is bringing the framework to life. We’re looking forward to an even more vibrant year ahead!

Check out our two latest stories:

Stay tuned in 2020! We’ll continue to publish brand-new stories over the next months. We count on your support to spread the word about the great work that our community is doing to advance Focus on People 2025.

Share your stories

Are you working on initiatives that support the Focus on People 2025 framework? Would you like to share it with the broader UBC community? Reach out to Monique Rodrigues, Focus on People Project & Communications Coordinator, to share your ideas.

Upcoming workplace wellbeing workshops

Our Workplace Wellbeing team is hosting three upcoming workshops:

Jan. 20: QPR Suicide Intervention Training is an internationally recognized suicide intervention program designed to help you question, persuade, and refer.

Jan. 22 & 29: Mental Health First Aid training is to improve mental health literacy. This workshop provides participants with the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague.

Jan. 28-29: Search Inside Yourself is a training that uses emotional intelligence and mindfulness to optimize performance, build leadership skills and increase wellbeing. This two-day workshop has a cost of $50, which is eligible for PD funding.

Memo: Paid leave for staff between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day

On Nov. 21, HR distributed information regarding eligibility for paid leave for staff on the three business days between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

This leave is addressed in the collective agreements with BCGEU Okanagan, CUPE 2950, CUPE 116 and IUOE 115, and the agreement with AAPS. Although there are no official provisions in place for non-union staff, excluded Management & Professional staff, and service unit directors, Human Resources has recommendations regarding paid leave between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day for these staff groups.

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