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By Breeonne Baxter on September 20, 2018
At UBC, diversity is welcomed and respected, and considered foundational to excellence in research, education and engagement. UBC recognizes that respect and support for transgender and gender-diverse faculty and staff are central to their success and wellbeing. It is our interactions at work that can help us to feel a valued member of society. The recognition of gender diversity, specifically for people who identify as transgender, two-spirit or non-binary, affirms and acknowledges that gender is highly personal and fluid, and is worthy of respect at UBC.
All human resources practitioners and managers/supervisors have the responsibility to provide a welcoming, inclusive and respectful work environment. By working proactively with an employee who wishes to transition and/or utilize gender-affirming procedures, you can help create a positive experience for the individual and all employees in your unit.
The information in the following resource documents can to help you to building a positive work environment and in modelling behaviour that shows respect for diversity and inclusion that you expect your staff to demonstrate in their relationships with each other and the people they work with across the campus.
Please familiarize yourself with these resources so you can best support transgender and gender-diverse staff, faculty and student employees in your department.
For managers/supervisors/HR practitioners: Supporting Transgender and Gender-Diverse Faculty and Staff at UBC
For employees: Transgender and Gender-Diverse Faculty and Staff at UBC
By Chelsey Maher on April 19, 2018
On Wednesday, May 16, the UBC Faculty Pension Plan (FPP) will host its annual Pension Forum. This annual event is a great opportunity for members to hear the latest news about their pension plan and to meet the plan’s trustees, management and staff. There will be a presentation on the plan’s 2017 investment performance and a review of the 2017/18 initiatives. We will also offer a live webcast of the presentation for members who are unable to attend the event in person.
Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (doors open at 10 a.m.)
Location: Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre (Jack Poole Hall, second floor), Vancouver Campus [map]
Visit faculty.pensions.ubc.ca/pensionforum for event details and registration information. Registration is required for attendance in person but not for the webcast.
By Breeonne Baxter on April 19, 2018
Summer is just around the corner and many staff and faculty are preparing for vacation. Join UBC Benefits Specialist, Stephanie Mah, in a one-hour session, Understanding Your Travel Benefits on understanding your travel benefits and ensure that your vacation is as stress-free as possible.
This session will also include a Q & A period and we encourage you to come with questions.
Date: April 30, 2018, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Michael Smith Laboratories, Room 102
By Breeonne Baxter on March 22, 2018
In the February issue of Benefits FYI, we highlighted the federal government changes to EI benefits for maternity, parental and adoptive leaves that came into effect on Dec. 3, 2017. We also detailed how these benefits work with UBC’s SEB top-up and provided four scenarios to help illustrate the information.
If you have staff who will be taking maternity, parental or adoptive leave, we encourage you to consider how you will fill your department’s staffing requirements during the employee’s leave. If you have any questions on how to fill leave replacement positions over the new extended parental leave periods, please contact your HR Advisor.
When using ePAF (for a staff leave) or paper form (for a faculty leave) to notify Payroll of a leave, make sure you correctly code the leave for Payroll purposes. For example, if you have an employee who fits key point #2 above, please code the additional leave beyond 52 weeks for birth mothers, and 37 weeks for birth fathers and adopting parents as general unpaid (personal) leave.
By Breeonne Baxter on March 22, 2018
In the February issue of Benefits FYI, we detailed the federal government’s new EI family caregiver benefits, which help families care for a critically ill/injured family member or person that considers you a family member. The new benefits were introduced on Dec. 3, 2017, and are offered in addition to EI compassionate care benefits.
If you have an employee where the above scenarios or situations apply, please ensure that you correctly code the leave for Payroll purposes.
For example, if you have an employee applying for family caregiving EI benefits, please use the code Leave of Absence, Family Caregiver Leave (LOA/FAM) if you are using ePAF (for a staff leave) or paper form (for a faculty leave). A new code was created to ensure a Record of Employment would be generated and sent to Service Canada.
If the employee is applying for a compassionate care leave, please continue to use Leave of Absence, Compassionate Leave (LOA/COM) for the first eight weeks of leave and general unpaid (personal) leave for any additional leave.
If you have any questions or concerns about backfilling staff positions, please speak with your HR Associate or Advisor.
By Breeonne Baxter on February 2, 2017
Effective Jan. 1, 2017, the waiting period (unpaid) for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits has been reduced from two weeks to one week. The reduction in the waiting period applies to regular (unemployment) benefits, and special benefits for maternity, parental, adoption and compassionate care leaves.
The following explains the impact to maternity, parental and adoption EI benefits and the University’s Supplemental Employment Benefits (SEB) Program:
There will be no change to the number of weeks of unpaid leave or length of time EI benefits are payable.
The number of weeks of unpaid leave remains at:
The length of time EI benefits are payable, after serving the one-week waiting period, continues to be:
The reduction in the waiting period to one week will impact the Supplemental Employment Insurance (SEB) Top-Up benefit programs at UBC. The changes are outline below and will apply to employees with leaves staring on or after Jan. 1, 2017.
Reducing the EI waiting period to one week will change:
1) How SEB benefits are calculated in Week Two:
2) Reduce the total number of weeks payable under SEB by one week. Using a birth mother who is in the CUPE 2950 employment group as an example:
There will be no change to how paid leave benefits are calculated for Postdoctoral Fellow Award Recipients.
This arrangement will be in place from Jan. 1, 2017, to Jan. 2, 2021. During this four-year period, the University will work with the Unions/Associations to make any necessary collective agreement changes to the SEB program to align with changes to the Federal EI program.
The Human Resources’ Maternity, Parental and Adoption Leave page includes a table that outlines by employment group the EI benefits and SEB benefits that are payable during each week of the leave.
If you have any questions, contact Stephanie Mah, HR Benefits Specialist, at email@example.com or (604) 8922-6823.
By Breeonne Baxter on February 21, 2013
Please share this with your faculty and staff
The provincial government is introducing the new BC Services Card in February, 2013. This card replaces the BC Care Card that provides proof of your Medical Services Plan (MSP) coverage.
Individuals between 19 and 74 years of age will be required to obtain a BC Services Card from ICBC Driver Licensing Offices starting on Feb. 15, 2013. The BC Services Card will be phased in over a five-year period, so you have until the beginning of 2018 to get the new card. Once you obtain the card, you are required to renew it every five years.
To help employees understand the new card, whether you are enrolled in MSP through UBC or not, we have information on our website at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/benefits/medical-services-plan/bc-services-card/. Full information is available from the BC Services Card website: BCServicesCard.ca.
It is important to note that the new BC Services Card will not impact your Medical Services Plan (MSP) enrollment, whether you are currently enrolled in the UBC Group MSP, another Group MSP or with MSP directly. The process for enrolling in the UBC Group MSP for new employees or making changes to your UBC Group MSP coverage (for example, adding dependents or cancelling coverage) does not change.
Please share this information with employees in your Department/Faculty. Human Resources will also feature an article on the new BC Services Card in the Spring Edition of Benefits FYI, an online benefits newsletter that is distributed to over 11,000 UBC faculty and staff.
By Catherine Pitman on April 28, 2011
UBC provides relocation and travel assistance to eligible faculty and senior management staff in accordance with Policy #82. We’ve made some changes to the guidelines outlining the steps in proceeding with the movement of household goods and personal effects and the reimbursement of these and other relocation expenses that we hope you will find helpful. These changes also reflect recent changes to processes in Supply Management and Accounts Payable. Find the revised guidelines and information on receiving relocation assistance from central funds at www.hr.ubc.ca/relocation/guide-department/.
If you have any questions about the revised guidelines, please contact Joyce Wei, Relocation Administrator, in Human Resources at 604.822.6865 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Breeonne Baxter on December 9, 2010
Effective Dec. 1, 2010, CUPE 2278 combined with the M&P employee group for the Disability Benefit Plan. Information on the combined Disability Benefit Plan can be found at the Disability Benefit Plan page for both employee groups. Please note that no changes have been made to the plan from the M&P perspective.
CUPE 2278 Employees who were disabled prior to Dec. 1, 2010, should continue to refer to the old CUPE 2278 Sun Life Handbook.
Affected CUPE 2278 employees will receive a memo in the coming weeks will full information on the change. If you have any questions, please contact the Benefits Administrator at email@example.com