Thursday, 25 October 2018

Compensation Disclosure Exemption Application

The University of Alberta is required to disclose the name, position, compensation, non-monetary benefits and severance for all employees whose total earnings plus severance exceeds a threshold of $129,809 for the 2018 calendar year.

If the disclosure could unduly threaten the safety of an individual, that individual can apply for an exemption from the disclosure. The deadline for application for exemption from the 2018 disclosure list (published on or before June 30, 2019) is November 1, 2018.

Read more about the exemption process and access the application form on the Compensation Disclosure Exemption Process web page.

New Faculty and Staff Orientation - Fall 2018

Please encourage new employees in your area to attend the upcoming New Faculty and Staff Orientation event, held on November 20, 2018 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Participants will receive an overview of the university’s mission and learn about essential services, key contacts and programs. All faculty and staff who have not attended this event in the past are welcome to participate. Employees can learn more and register by visiting the New Faculty and Staff Orientation Event web page.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

HRS Information Session - September 2018 Materials

HRS hosted online information sessions in late September and early October for HR practitioners on campus. Thank you to everyone who attended. We made a recording of the session for those who weren't able to attend.

Support Staff Overtime Resources

It is the responsibility of the department to ensure that Alberta Employment Standards and/or the terms of the Collective Agreement are followed to determine overtime. This includes ensuring that overtime is:
  • authorized before it is worked, and that it is mutually agreeable to both Employer and the employee (except in cases of emergency);
  • tracked, calculated and paid at the appropriate rates and schedule; 
  • calculated in the same manner where an employee has opted to take banked overtime as compensatory time off in lieu.

Supporting Staff Health Recovery

We all have roles and responsibilities to work collaboratively with faculty and support staff members when there are medical issues that impact their ability to perform duties and/or to be at work. The university in partnership with Homewood Health Inc. (HHI) provides services and resources to support the health recovery and ensure a safe, healthy, sustainable return to work and/or stay at work for all staff.

New Hires Using Google For The First Time or Looking For Google Tips?

New hires can visit IST’s Google training toolkit to find out how to switch from Microsoft and uncover all the tips they'll need to make the most out of their UAlberta G Suite account. The Google training toolkit contains valuable resources like Google’s 7-Step Quickstart Guide to becoming a G Suite whiz. They can also install the G Suite Training Chrome extension, a personal interactive coach for every G Suite application!

Mental Health Session: The Working Mind

The Working Mind is an education-based program designed to raise the awareness and reduce the stigma associated with mental health in the workplace. Facilitated by the Mental Health Commission of Canada instructors, this session is specific to managers and supervisors. The session speaks specifically to workplace accommodations and return to work, observing changes in behaviours of staff, appropriate actions to take and communicating with staff about mental health/illness in a workplace setting.

Celebration of Service 2018

The Celebration of Service will be held on November 13, 2018 to recognize all University of Alberta Faculty and Staff who have service dates reflecting 25, 30, 35, 40 or 45 years of service within the 2018 calendar year. Letters listing this year’s honorees will be sent to departments in the coming weeks.

EDI Table Talks: Poverty and Employment

EDI Table Talks are informal opportunities to discuss about topics on respect and inclusion in the workplace. This month, the University of Alberta United Way campaign is raising funds for over 100 programs and services centered around poverty. We often discuss ways in which people are not included in the workplace, but we don’t often discuss how poverty can be a barrier to full inclusion. Colleagues in Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, HRS invite you to an interactive dialogue and reflection on poverty and employment. Topics may include: Class, working poor, recruitment and retention, multi-generational effects, workplace dynamics, or topics that emerge during conversation. Light refreshments provided.

Friday, 5 October 2018

Support Staff: Spending Account Allocations

On January 1, 2019, eligible support staff members will receive a total allocation of $1,250 to divide between their Health Spending Account (HSA) and Personal Spending Account (PSA). Beginning October 11, 2018 staff will be invited via email to allocate the $1,250 between their two spending accounts before the open enrollment window closes on November 12, 2018.

Staff not electing to make a choice on spending account allocations by November 12, 2018 will be allocated $1,000 to HSA and $250 to PSA.

More information about the Personal Spending Account or Health Spending account can be found on the Supplementary Health Care: Support Staff web page. You can also contact your Pension & Benefits Advisor if you have any questions.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Increase to Minimum Wage

Starting October 1, 2018, Alberta’s minimum wage will increase from $13.60 per hour to $15.00 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.

As "75% of Step 1" may be be less than minimum wage at some grades, you can not pay less and will need to adjust the percentage accordingly. If you have any questions, please contact