Thursday, 21 September 2017

Renewing Work Permit Before Travelling Over Winter Break

To avoid possible disruption of employment and/or travel during the winter break, individuals holding work permits should be directed to plan ahead to ensure that their permits remain up-to-date. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) current processing time for on-line renewal of work permits is 84 calendar days. Contact for more information.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Position Information Form Updated

The file format of the Position Information Form (PIF) has been changed and there is no longer a need to include combo codes (speed codes) with the form, however HRS processes related to position creation or updating remain the same.

Deep Diversity Workshop facilitated by Shakil Choudhury

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion invites you to attend the Deep Diversity workshop, facilitated by Shakil Choudhury on October 11, 2017. During this free, full day workshop you will develop key leadership knowledge and skills to support workplace inclusion and equity.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Find Temporary Coverage with Interim Staffing Solutions

Interim Staffing Solutions (ISS) is a temporary staffing service ​which ​support​s ​all units at ​the University of Alberta. ​The purpose of ISS is to provide temporary clerical and/or administrative staff ​to help support your office needs when it comes to vacation coverages​, illnesses​, resignations, peak periods, or special projects for a nominal cost​. The duration of ISS assignments can range anywhere from a day to a year.​

Development for High Performing Support Staff

The U of A Advantage program is a personal leadership program designed specifically for U of A Support Staff who are seriously interested in investing in their professional development. It is a unique opportunity that provides practical and high level learning experiences leading to enhanced job performance and personal leadership development. The U of A Advantage program supports learners in making a difference through the enhancement of key personal competencies that are critical in today’s workplaces.

Update to Academic Agreements

The APO Agreement, Faculty Agreement, FSO Agreement, Librarian Agreement, and Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement have been updated to reflect changes that were ratified in prior negotiations. This includes changes to copyright, ¼ step increments, collective bargaining, and arbitration. The agreements can be found at

New Job Codes for GTA and GRA

In order to accurately reflect the Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) and Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) classifications, we are implementing new job codes effective September 1, 2017. HRS will work with departments that have already submitted eForms/Pay Action Forms for September 1 appointments to update the records with the appropriate job codes.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Increase to Minimum Wage

Starting October 1, 2017, Alberta’s minimum wage will increase from $12.20 per hour to $13.60 per hour. Anyone that has a current appointment with rates applicable to the AB Employment Standards Code will automatically be updated in Peoplesoft to reflect the increase.