Administration

Call for input on search for new Vice-President, Human Resources

This week, UBC launched the search for a new Vice-President, Human Resources. The announcement included a call for input from faculty, staff, students and alumni on the following questions:

  • What do you see as some of the key opportunities and challenges ahead of the Human Resources portfolio in the coming years?
  • What experience and personal qualities would you want an ideal candidate to bring to this role?
  • Any other comments that might be useful to the committee?
  • Any suggestions of potential candidates for this role?

You are invited to submit comments by June 7, 2019, to the search firm Caldwell at drailton@caldwellpartners.com or acotterall@caldwellpartners.com. All responses will be kept confidential.

Read the full announcement at https://faculty-staff.ubc.ca/2019/05/29/search-for-a-new-vice-president-human-resources/.

HR memo: Changes to Minimum Wage in British Columbia Effective June 1, 2019 (May 16, 2019)

HR has issued a memo regarding the upcoming increase in the provincial minimum wage. Effective June 1, 2019, the new minimum wage will be $13.85/hour.

Please visit http://www.hr.ubc.ca/memos/changes-to-minimum-wage-effective-june-1-2019-may-16-2019/ to read the full memo.

Staff salary scales will be updated on the Compensation website in advance of June 1.

New guidelines available for the use of preferred names for faculty and staff

As part of UBC’s commitment to create a welcoming, inclusive and nondiscriminatory environment, Human Resources and the Equity & Inclusion Office have created guidelines regarding the use of preferred names for faculty and staff.

Whether for professional, personal or privacy reasons, a number of faculty and staff use names other than their legal names to identify themselves at the university. For trans and non-binary faculty and staff who are protected on the grounds of gender identity and gender expression in BC Human Rights legislation, the use of preferred names can be especially important to ensure safety and privacy. Addressing a person’s preferred name and gender has been recognized by human rights tribunals as best practice for non-discrimination.

These new guidelines provide you with background on the importance of preferred names, their use at the university, and the few legal limitations of using preferred names. We encourage you to review the guidelines: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/administrators/managing-staff/hr-guidelines-preferred-names/.

Thank you for your support in helping to create a respectful and nondiscriminatory environment for our colleagues.

Reminder: HR Network News: User feedback survey

HR Network News is produced by the Department of Human Resources for the purpose of delivering timely, relevant information to the Human Resources community of practice at UBC’s Vancouver campus.

It has been a while since we made any changes to the content/format of the newsletter, and we want to take this opportunity to ask for your feedback and if you have any suggestions for how we can improve communications on HR matters to you and your teams. The survey will be open until the end of day Friday, May 17.

You can access the survey at https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5jQa70WGlegC7m5.

If you have any questions or other comments on this matter, please feel free to email us at communications@hr.ubc.ca.

HR Memo: General Wage Increase & Economic Stability Dividend for 2019 (May 2, 2019)

We have issued a reminder memo regarding of the last round of General Wage Increases (GWI) and the Economic Stability Dividend (ESD) for 2019. These are the final increases under the 2014 mandate.

To see the employee groups impacted, and for links to the new salary scales, please visit http://www.hr.ubc.ca/memos/general-wage-increase-economic-stability-dividend-for-2019-may-2-2019/.

HR Network News: User feedback survey

HR Network News is produced by the Department of Human Resources for the purpose of delivering timely, relevant information to the Human Resources community of practice at UBC’s Vancouver campus.

It has been a while since we made any changes to the content/format of the newsletter, and we want to take this opportunity to ask for your feedback and if you have any suggestions for how we can improve communications on HR matters to you and your teams. The survey will be open until May 17, 2019.

You can access the survey at https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5jQa70WGlegC7m5.

If you have any questions or other comments on this matter, please feel free to email us at communications@hr.ubc.ca.

Daylight Saving Time this weekend

Daylight Saving Time this weekend

Daylight Saving Time begins on March 10, 2019 – clocks move forward one hour on Sunday morning. Please share this with your staff so they can plan a safe commute on Monday.

Job Postings, Self-Service, HRMS unavailable Feb. 22 5pm – Feb. 24 12am

UBC will be performing HRMS system maintenance from 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 22 through midnight on Feb. 24, 2019.

HRMS, our HR management system, will not be available during this time. This includes:

  • all HRMS applications accessed via the MSP Portal:
    • HRMS Live,
    • HRMS Reporting (may be down intermittently)
    • Internal posting site,
    • HRMS Self Service (including T4s),
    • Staff PD.
  • the following applications not accessed via the MSP Portal:
    • External posting sites,
    • Short Posting URLs,
    • Training Catalogue/Registration,
    • HRMS Sick Leave application.

Learn more about the Technology Stabilization project here.

HR Memo: Moving Staff to Midpoint of Salary Range (Midpoint Progression Increase): Feb. 14, 2019

On Feb. 14, HR Compensation issued a memo regarding Moving Staff to Midpoint of Salary Range (Midpoint Progression Increase) for staff who are Management & Professional, Non-Union Research Assistant/Technicians, Executive Administrative Staff and Farm Workers.

Please contact your HR Advisor/Associate if you have questions regarding midpoint progression increase or the salary of your employees.

If you have questions regarding your department’s spreadsheet (Vancouver campus), please contact Sabrina Basra at 604-827-2464 (sabrina.basra@ubc.ca).

Updates to student earnings code for NSERC USRA appointments

For those of you who will be preparing student appointments in advance of the summer semester, please be aware that NSERC USRA appointments for 2019-20 now use FEL as the earnings code, instead of the old RSG earnings code.

Updated information on student appointment earnings codes can be found at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/administrators/student-workers/hiring-a-student-worker/.

If you have questions about student appointments, please contact your HR Associate.

Reminder to use staff professional development funds for 2018-19

As we approach the end of the fiscal year, we ask that you encourage staff in your departments to use their professional development funds.

Staff are welcome to make claims on a first-come, first-served basis until the budgeted funding pool is exhausted or by the end of the fiscal year, whichever comes sooner. Prior to submitting a claim, staff are encouraged to check their respective HR PD Fund webpage (links below) for updates on their overall fund balance.

Notes about funds (Fiscal 2018-19)

The TRA PD Fund is closed and no longer accepting PD expense claims for the current funding year. We anticipate that the BCGEU Okanagan PD Fund and the M&P PD Fund  will be exhausted before the end of the current fiscal year. It is expected that the other staff PD funds will be able to accommodate funding requests until the March 31 year-end.

The amount available for individuals to claim depends on the employee group, as each group has its own individual maximum claim amount and funding pool subject to an annual budget allocation and program guidelines. Staff PD funds are available for those in the following employee groups:

If an employee group’s funding pool balance reaches zero prior to March 31, no further PD claims will be accepted for reimbursement in the current funding year.

These are annual funding pools designed to support UBC employees with staff appointments to pursue professional development opportunities that will enhance their skills, knowledge and ongoing career growth at UBC.

Questions? Please contact pd.funds@ubc.ca.