Announcements Archive

ePAR

The Status Change ePAR is now live! As of January 16, 2017, all changes in employment status that used to be on the paper Separation Notice or Extended Leave of Absence Without Pay requests are to be submitted online using ePAR. Please click here for additional information. This is the 2nd phase of our ePAR project. 

The 1st phase went live on June 20, 2016 with all Temporary Pool requests that used to be on the paper PAR are submitted online using ePAR. Please click here for additional information.

Performance Development Program

Implementation of the SFU Performance Development Program was completed for the majority of staff in Spring 2016.  Please click here for Performance Development Program information and resources.

Sick Leave Information

Sick Leave information for 2016 is now available in myInfo.ca and we encourage you to review your employee’s sick leave report for all continuing CUPE, APSA and Excluded staff. For more information click here. For the Attendance Management Guidelines (AMG) and resources please click here.

Submit Drug Claims Online

Members can now submit prescription drug claims online. This new feature in CARESnet provides added convenience and faster payments. Please click here for additional information.

DIABETES TEST STRIPS COVERAGE AND LIMITS

Please click here for information regarding changes to Reasonable & Customary limits, effective January 1, 2015.

2015 RRSP Contribution Deadline

The 2015 deadline for RRSP contributions is February 29, 2016. Please click here for more information regarding RRSPs.

If you have a Sun Life RRSP and want to make a lump sum contribution, please complete the Lump Sum Contribution Form and mail it directly to Sun Life along with your contribution cheque.

If you want to make a lump sum contribution but are not currently enrolled in a Sun Life RRSP, please complete the RRSP Enrolment Form and mail it directly to Sun Life along with your contribution cheque.

Please note that if you want to start payroll deductions, please provide a copy of your enrolment form, with Section 6 (contribution per pay) completed, to Human Resources.

TSSU/RA Benefit Information & Sign-up Session Spring 2016

If you have any questions about your benefits and/or if you have not yet enrolled in the TSSU/RA benefit plans, please feel free to attend TA/TM Day on January 8, 2016 (to be held at the DAC) or the 30 minute information session on January 13, 2016 starting promptlly at 10:00am in Halpern Rm 111.

2014 Employee Benefit Statements

Employee Benefit Statements are now available online. To make changes to dependent or beneficiary information, please use the following forms, as required:

Paramedical Coverage and Limits

Please click here for information regarding changes to Reasonable & Customary limits, effective October 1, 2013.

2014 RRSP Contribution Deadline

Just a reminder that the 2014 deadline for RRSP contributions is March 2, 2015.

If you have a Sun Life RRSP and want to make a lump sum contribution, please complete the Lump Sum Contribution Form and mail it directly to Sun Life along with your contribution cheque.

If you want to make a lump sum contribution but are not currently enrolled in a Sun Life RRSP, please complete the RRSP Enrolment Form and mail it directly to Sun Life along with your contribution cheque.

Please note that if you want to start payroll deductions, please provide a copy of your enrolment form, with Section 6 (contribution per pay) completed, to Human Resources.

Filing Deadline for 2013 Extended Health Claims

A reminder that you must submit any claims incurred during 2013 to Pacific Blue Cross by June 30, 2014. Claims received by Pacific Blue Cross after June 30, 2014 relating to 2013 claims will not be paid.

Investment and Retirement Planning Seminar

This educational seminar was held on April 30th. If you would like a copy of the presentation slides, please send an email request to Diana Almeida at dalmeida@sfu.ca.

CARESnet Temporary Service Suspension - March 27 to April 3, 2014.

Please click here for information on submitting e-Claims.

2013 RRSP Contribution Deadline

Just a reminder that the 2013 deadline for RRSP contributions is March 3, 2014.

If you have a Sun Life RRSP and want to make a lump sum contribution, please complete the Lump Sum Contribution Form and mail it directly to Sun Life along with your contribution cheque.

If you want to make a lump sum contribution but are not currently enrolled in a Sun Life RRSP, please complete the RRSP Enrolment Form and mail it directly to Sun Life along with your contribution cheque. Please note that if you want to start payroll deductions, please provide a copy of your enrolment form, with Section 6 (contribution per pay) completed, to Human Resources.

Filing Deadline for 2012 Extended Health Claims

A reminder that you must submit any claims incurred during 2012 to Pacific Blue Cross by June 30, 2013. Claims received by Pacific Blue Cross after June 30, 2013 relating to 2012 claims will not be paid.

Investment Fund Changes

Please see the attached brochures regarding information on changes to the investment options for the Group RRSP, TFSA, LIF and RRIF.

Pre-Retirement Planning Seminar

This one-day seminar will be held at Blusson Hall 9660 on April 24th from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Please click here for the agenda.

Please see below for presentations:

Faculty Pre-Retirement Session

Rajeev Sharma, an Education Specialist with Sun Life Financial made a presentation on Monday, March 26, 2012 to Faculty on "Retirement Income Options using your SFU Group LIF/RRIF". Click here to watch the video of the session, and click here to review the presentation slides.

2012 Employee Benefit Statements

Employee Benefit statements are now available online. To make changes to dependent or beneficiary information, please use the following forms, as required:

Changes to Extended Health Care Claims

CARESnet provides Pacific Blue Cross members with secure online access to benefits information 24 hours a day. We have enhanced CARESnet to include access to dental information. Now, in addition to giving members access to their health information, customers can access information on their dental plans and claims. More and more members rely on CARESnet to access information about their Blue Cross benefit plans. We encourage you to utilize this valuable service.

Pacific Blue Cross is committed to finding innovative ways to provide better service for our customers and we are continuing to develop additional enhancements to our Web-based technology service solutions. To register for CARESnet or to take an online tour, visit the PBC website at www.pac.bluecross.ca. If you have any questions or require more information, contact Pacific Blue Cross.

PBC E-Claims Coming January 1, 2011

We are pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2011, electronic claim submission will be available through CARESnet, Pacific Blue Cross secure self-service website for plan members.

To file an electronic claim, you must first be enrolled for direct deposit and electronic claim statements."  CARESnet will first guide you through enrolment and then through the process of submitting claims for your vision care, chiropractic, physiotherapy, and message therapy expenses.

For certain claims, Pacific Blue Cross may require you to submit additional information or supporting documentation before processing your eClaim.  Additionally, your eClaim may be elected for receipt verification where you will be required to submit receipts before your eClaim is processed.

Pacific Blue Cross will continue to require paper submissions for certain Extended Health Benefit claims.

Canada Pension Plan Changes now in Effect

Several changes to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) that were previously announced have now become law. These changes do not impact anyone currently receiving a CPP pension benefit or who will start their CPP pension in 2011.

Here’s an overview of the changes, many of which will be gradually phased in.

Changes to Early and Late Retirement Rules

Currently, CPP benefits are reduced by 6% for each year you begin your pension before age sixty-five and increase by 6% for each year that you commence your pension after age 65. These increases or reductions are designed to reflect the shorter (or longer) payout times associated with beginning your pension after or before the normal retirement age of 65.

Under the new rules, pension benefits will be reduced by 7.2% (versus the current 6%) for each year you begin your pension before age 65. It is being phased in over a five year time period beginning in 2012, and will allow many people to take advantage of the phased in retirement provisions before the full impact of these greater reductions take effect.

The pension increase for delaying your CPP benefit start date until after age 65 goes from 6% a year to 8.4% a year, phased in over three years beginning in 2011. This means that someone who delays the commencement of their CPP benefit until age 70 (the maximum age you can begin) will receive a pension that’s 42% higher than they would have received at age 65.

Removal of Work Cessation Test for CPP before age 65

Currently, to apply for CPP benefits from age 60 to 64, you must have either stopped working before your CPP retirement benefit begins, or have earnings less than the current monthly maximum CPP retirement pension benefit.

Under the new rules that take effect in 2012, you can start receiving your CPP benefits after age 60 without any requirement to stop working or significantly curtail work. In addition, if you are under age 65, both you and your employer will continue to contribute to the CPP to accrue your pension while you are receiving the CPP benefit. These continued contributions are optional after age 65. These new rules are designed for people who want to ease into retirement, but still want to maintain a certain level of income.

Increase in General Low Earnings Dropout

When the Federal Government calculates your CPP benefit, they adjust the calculation to allow for a “dropout” of certain periods of low or no income. In addition, they apply other “dropout” provisions such as child rearing and for periods spent receiving a CPP disability benefit. When these periods are excluded there is the potential to increase your monthly CPP benefit up to the maximum amount.

Currently, the general “dropout” provision is 15% of the years where your earnings are low or nil. For example, if you take your benefits at age 65, your CPP benefit calculation will drop almost seven years of low or zero earnings.

Under the new rules, the general “dropout” provision will increase to 16% in 2012 and 17% in 2014. This will allow a maximum of almost 7.5 years of low or zero earnings to be dropped in the CPP benefit calculation for years 2012 to 2013 and 8 years of low or zero earnings to be dropped starting in 2014.

These changes may increase your CPP benefit, especially if you have multiple years of low or no income because you immigrated to Canada and entered the workforce late, spent extended time in school, cared for family members or any other reason.

Courtesy of Sun Life Financial

Important Updates to Your Investments

Please click here for information on Group RRSP/ TFSA/ NREG investment fee changes.