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December 9, 2010

Learning Opportunities

WHMIS and Basic Laboratory Safety
This course is open to students, staff & faculty working with controlled products.  Upon completion, the participants will know elements of legislation necessary to be compliant with the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System. They will know the symbols for the different classes of controlled products, and how to access the material safety data sheets to protect themselves while working.  The participants will also be able to apply proper techniques and good acceptable practices associated with handling and storing chemicals. This course is mandatory for UBCO staff working with controlled products.

Date: January 6, 2011 
Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm 
Location: TBD 
Cost: $200.00

Register here

BCGEU Okanagan Benefits Overview
Need a refresher of your benefit plans and related processes?

Natasha Malloff and Florence Lum from HR Benefits will be providing a high-level overview of the your benefits plans, processes such as adding a dependent or making claims, the resources available to you from our benefit providers, as well as navigating the benefits website.  There will be opportunities to ask questions throughout as well as at the end of the presentation.

Date:  Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Time:  12:30pm - 1:45 pm
Location:  DVC Boardroom, (SSC/ADM Bldg)

To ensure we have enough seats available,  please register for this session by sending an e-mail to by January 14, 2011.

~See our events calendar for more learning opportunities.~

Holiday Stress?
Feeling fatigued at the end of the term? Need help?

Remember our Employee Family and Assistance Provider, Human Solutions, has a variety of supports in place.

From legal and financial advice to counselling and education resources, they are a private, confidential service available to all staff and faculty.

For 24 hour service, please contact 1.800.663.1142.

Work Re-Integration and Accommodation Coordinator
Tracey Hawthorne is joining Human Resources as the new Work Reintegration and Accommodation Program (WRAP) Coordinator for the UBC Okanagan campus.

In this inaugural role, Tracey will be responsible for the roll –out and ongoing implementation of the WRAP program, our collaborative approach to illness, injury and reduced work capacity.  See

Tracey brings 25 years of experience in disability/illness management and rehabilitation and holds degrees in both kinesiology and physiotherapy. She has served on provincial committees including acting as chair for the Ministry of Labour’s Work and Wellness Committee. Tracey also brings established relationships with WorkSafeBC, disability carriers and community physicians. With her focus on wellness promotion and assisting individuals to “return-to-health”, Tracey is a great fit for the goals of the WRAP program.

I know that you will join HR in welcoming Tracey and drawing upon her expertise as, with her arrival, we change our practices regarding absence due to illness and implement the new processes under WRAP. As of December 9, 2010, Tracey will be located in room ADM 009E  in the HR  suite and can be reached at 250-807-8183 or at or

MSP Rate Changes Announced
The Province of British Columbia has announced the rate changes for Medical Services Plan (MSP) effective of January 1, 2011 which are expected to occur January 1 of each year. The monthly premiums will increase by $3.50 per month for individuals and $7 per month for couples and families.  Effective January 1, 2011, the total monthly rates are:  single:  $60.50; couple:  $109.00; family:  $121.00. 

The employer and employee cost sharing percentage for calculating MSP premium deductions will remain unchanged.  For example, employees who pay 75% of the MSP monthly premium will continue to pay 75%, however the 75% will be applied to the adjusted monthly rate.  MSP deductions are taken one month in advance; therefore, the new deduction will be reflected on the December 31, 2010 pay advice for employees who pay the full or partial cost.

For a detailed list of the adjusted monthly rates by employee group and premium cost-sharing arrangement, please see the following

Benefits Change for M&P Employee Group Plan
Effective January 1, 2011, those enrolled with the M&P Employee group plan will be elegible for a new benefit.

The Health Spending Account (HSA) is a credit that you can apply to a variety of medical expenses that aren't covered by Extended health or dental plans.

For more information, visit the website, or attend an information session:

Date: January 26
Time: 10:30am to 11:45am OR 2:00pm to 3:15pm
Location: DVC Boardroom
To Register: send an e-mail by Jan 14 to:

Happy Holidays from Everyone in Human Resources!

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