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By Breeonne Baxter on December 13, 2012
Please share this with your staff and faculty
The following benefit premium rates for UBC employees will be changing effective Jan. 1, 2013:
Premium rates for the provincial Medical Services Plan (MSP) are increasing, effective Jan. 1, 2013. UBC Employees who pay their MSP premiums through payroll deduction will see the increased cost on their Dec. 31, 2012 paycheque.
The new premiums will increase by $2.50 per month for individuals, $4.50 per month for couples and $5.00 per month for families. The new rates are:
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, 2012, 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.
Effective Jan. 1, 2013, the UBC Employee and Spousal Optional Life premium rates will decrease by approximately 10%. Employees who are enrolled for Optional Life will the lower premium on their Dec. 31, 2012, 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.
Effective Jan. 1, 2013, the Disability Benefit Plan premium rate for CUPE 2950 staff will increase to 2.30% of monthly earnings. For more information, please review the UBC Human Resources Memo that was sent to employees affected by the change.
Effective Jan. 1, 2013, the Disability Benefit Plan premium rate for BCGEU Okanagan Staff will decrease 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.
Effective Jan. 1, 2013, the Disability Benefit Plan premium rate for CUPE 2278 Staff and Faculty Association Staff will decrease to 1.346% of monthly earnings. For more information, please review the UBC Human Resources Memo that was sent to employees affected by the change.
Effective Jan. 1, 2013, the Extended Health and Dental Care premium rate for Sessional Faculty Under 50% will increase by 3% for Dental Care (no change to the rate for Extended Health). 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 email@example.com.
By Breeonne Baxter on February 23, 2012
For HR Administrators
Please ensure that you have entered your Sick Leave reporting statistics for 2011 by Feb. 29, 2012. If you have questions, please contact Benefits Administrator/Analyst Stephanie Mah directly at (604) 822-6823 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Breeonne Baxter on February 9, 2012
For HR Administrators
The following memo was emailed to the HR Networks Group on Feb. 6, 2012.
The Department of Human Resources (Benefits) is collecting data for sick leave statistics for inclusion in the “2011 Managing Health Promotion and Absenteeism at UBC” annual report. This report, presented to the Executive and Board of Governors, provides a snapshot of the health of our staff and faculty and includes statistics on the usage of sick leave (staff only), Income Replacement/Disability Benefit Plan, Employee and Family Assistance Program, and the Return to Work Program for both the Vancouver campus and the Okanagan campus.
Please assist us by entering your 2011 sick leave statistics using the online reporting tool (www.my.ubc.ca) by Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. For more information on reporting your statistics and to download step-by-step instructions, visit http://www.hr.ubc.ca/administrators/managing-staff/attendance-management/faqs/. For full information on Attendance Management at UBC, please visit http://www.hr.ubc.ca/administrators/managing-staff/attendance-management/.
If you have already entered your 2011 statistics, no further action is required. If you have questions, please contact Benefits Administrator/Analyst Stephanie Mah directly at (604) 822-6823 or email@example.com.
By Breeonne Baxter on November 10, 2011
Please share with your Staff and Faculty
Starting Nov. 14, 2011, UBC employees enrolled in the Extended Health Plan can submit your prescription drug expenses online via the Sun Life Plan Member website, in addition to using your Sun Life Pay-Direct Drug card at the Pharmacy or submitting receipts with your paper Extended Health claim form to Sun Life.
The process is similar to the way you submit other expenses online: select Drug e-claim under the Submit a Claim tab. Most expenses will be processed instantly and payment is typically deposited into your bank account within 48 hours.
Submitting prescription drug claims online is just one option. If you prefer using your Sun Life Pay-Direct Drug card, then you do not need to submit your drug claims online. This new online option is ideal for new plan members who need to make a claim in advance of receiving their Sun Life Pay-Direct Drug card and for those currently submitting their drug claims by paper claim form.
By Breeonne Baxter on July 21, 2011
This month, Benefits Canada magazine has highlighted how UBC integrates health and wellness practices into the culture of the university.
The article focuses on the Healthy UBC Initiatives work done by Suzanne Jolly, health promotions coordinator, Human Resources, and features information on:
Read the full article online at the Benefits Canada website.
By Breeonne Baxter on July 21, 2011
The Summer 2011 issue of Benefits FYI is now in mailboxes across campus. To download a copy of the newsletter, please visit our Benefits FYI newsletter page.
By Breeonne Baxter on June 23, 2011
If you need to submit a Sun Life benefits claim during the Canada Post labour disruption, you can use the Sun Life e-claims online system. For paperwork that cannot be submitted online, Sun Life has set up drop-off locations, one of which is located in downtown Vancouver.
For information on e-claims or on the drop-off location, please visit the Sun Life website.
If you have any questions regarding Sun Life benefits claims during the mail strike, contact Sun Life directly.
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
By Breeonne Baxter on August 19, 2010
If you have visited our Benefits webpages in the last week, you’ll notice some big changes!
We’ve revamped our benefits section into a microsite to improve information searches for web users. We have also grouped benefits based on “lifestyle stages” as many of employees experience family caregiving, parenthood, and leaves. Take a wander through the website and let us know how it’s working – http://hr.ubc.ca/benefits/.
By Breeonne Baxter on June 24, 2010
Please forward this important information to your faculty and staff. As of June 25, 2010, Sun Life has closed its Edmonton office – the location in which UBC employees sent their claims to be processed. All claims sent to the Edmonton office have been redirected to Sun Life’s Waterloo office. Download the latest extended health and dental care claim form with the updated Waterloo address from our online Benefits pages. Sun Life is using new technology which “lifts” data from paper claim forms so that no manual data entry is required – however, it’s still preferable (and more sustainable) to go the paperless claim route for the quickest turnaround on your claim reimbursement.