Thursday, 17 January 2019

Manager and Supervisor Roles and Responsibilities for Absences Due to Illness/Injury

Managers and supervisors play an important role when a staff member is absent due to illness or injury, during the period of health recovery, and in the return to work process. In addition to ensuring staff are aware of expectations and procedures for reporting absence due to illness or injury, managers and supervisors are key participants in ensuring information required to appropriately verify and administer the absence is obtained. This includes timely and accurate entry of all medically-required leave into PeopleSoft HCM (as required by the specific collective agreement).

Friday, 11 January 2019

Open Workshop: Mental Health in the Workplace

The Mental Health in the Workplace workshop is designed to promote awareness of common mental health concerns and introduce strategies for handling mental illness effectively within the work environment. This interactive workshop will provide knowledge transfer and skills development while enabling shared understanding and expectations regarding mental health at work. Participants will leave with confidence in knowing how to address mental health issues with colleagues and how to be a supportive co-worker.

Changes to General Holiday Pay in Effect

As a result of Bill 17 — Alberta Employment Standards Changes being passed in 2018, the General Holiday Pay changes come into effect January 1, 2019. This change encompasses the following three areas:
  • Removal of the qualifying period for holiday pay. Employee is now eligible from date of hire as long as they were active and accountable on the general holiday
  • All employees at the university will observe the same eleven general holidays
  • Payment of general holiday pay varies depending on how the employee is paid (hourly vs. salaried) and whether or not they are scheduled to work on the holiday or not.
We are working diligently on incorporating these changes into our processes. In the interim, please contact if you have any questions about holiday pay.

Personal Tax Exemptions

The 2019 TD1 — Personal Tax Credit forms have been released from Canada Revenue Agency, we ask that you review your personal tax situation and ensure that the personal tax exemptions we have on file for you are accurate and up to date. The tax exemption we have on file for you can be found on your paycheque in the Tax Data section under the Net Claim amount. If you wish to adjust these amounts, please follow the instructions on the Personal Tax Credit Return web page and send the signed and completed forms to the Human Resource Services for updating.

CPP and EI Deductions Start Again

A reminder that if your CP and EI deductions had stopped in 2018; your first pay deposit in the 2019 taxation year will have both CPP and EI deductions once again. You will continue to be deducted for both CPP and EI until you have reached the 2019 maximum limits set by CRA. For 2019, the CPP maximum deduction for employees is $2748.90 and the EI maximum deduction for employees is $860.22.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Spring 2019 Supervisory Leadership Program

The Supervisory Leadership Program is a high impact development program designed specifically for supervisors within the UAlberta context. This nine full-day transformational program engages learners in interactive, experiential workshop sessions that feature relevant UAlberta workplace case studies, planning exercises, self-assessments, and tools that apply directly to the workplace.

Refresh of Leave Accruals for Support Staff

As a follow up to the Mass Approval of Outstanding Time Transactions for salaried support staff, please note the annual leave accruals for eligible support staff are currently being refreshed. Should there be a delay in reporting an employee's 2018 absence, please ensure the prior year Time Reporting Code (TRC) is used when applicable. The Vacation TRC remains unaffected, regardless of the previous year absence.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Summer Student Employment Programs for 2019

The provincial government has announced their annual Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) for 2019. This wage subsidy program provides financial support to employers that create valuable employment opportunities for students over the summer months. Additional wage subsidy programs available for 2019 include Canada Summer Jobs, the M├ętis Youth Summer Placement Program and the International Student Work Experience Program. To participate in these programs or learn more, visit the Summer Student Temporary Employment Programs web page.