Faculty and Staff

Support Staff Regular Trust Funded

Benefit Eligibility: Support Staff

As a support staff you are eligible to participate in the University’s benefit plans if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • Full-time regular staff members occupying a full-time position of 35, 37.5 or 40 hours per week either on:
    • A continuing basis; or
    • For recurring specified periods of more than 6 months each year
  • Part-time regular staff members occupying a part-time position and working at least 40% of the regular hours for the classification but less than full-time hours of work for the classification either on
    • A continuing basis; or
    • For recurring specified periods of more than 6 months each year
  • Full-time auxiliary monthly employees appointed for a period greater than 12 months  working 35, 37.5 or 40 hours per week
  • For auxiliary employees (greater than 14 hours/week) who are already enrolled in benefits and there is no break between the benefited position and the new position of 12 months or less, the employee will remain on the benefits plan and the ten percent will not be paid.
  • Part-time auxiliary monthly employees appointed for a period greater than 12 months working at least 40% of the regular hours for the classification but less than full-time hours for the classification
  • Apprentices as defined in the Board/Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA) Agreement and working in a an apprenticeship position as defined in said Agreement

Benefit Costs

The cost of your pension and benefit plans makes up a significant portion of your total compensation as an employee of the University of Alberta. The costs of benefits in addition to paid salary are approximately 23% of salary for Support Staff. For more information, access the Summary of Benefit Costs document.

Benefit Highlights

Benefit

Description

Eligibility

Amount

Alberta Health Care Basic health services such as doctors and hospitals Website: Alberta Health & Wellness Alberta Residents Provincially Funded
Supplementary Health Care Medical services such as prescription drugs, medical services not covered under Alberta Health Care, paramedical, vision, etc. Drugs are billed directly to the Plan. Generally, other expenses are paid by the claimant are submitted to carrier for reimbursement. Sun Life Policy 25379. Date of Appointment Paid by the University - Summary of Benefit Costs
Dental Care 100% Diagnostic and preventive, 50% restorative and 50% orthodontics services. Generally, eligible expenses are billed directly to the plan Any residue is the responsibility of the claimant. Sun Life Policy 25379 Date of Appointment Paid by the University - See Summary of Benefit Costs
Health Spending Account Reimbursement of additional health and dental expenses not eligible under the employee’s other benefit plans. Annual allocation of $1000 per calendar year per staff member. Credit carry-forward for one year of unused allocation. Date of appointment Paid by the University - Summary of Benefit Costs
Personal Spending Account Reimbursement for personal wellness related expenses. Annual allocation of $250 per calendar year per individual staff member. No carry-forward provisions. Claimed expenses are taxable to the employee. Date of appointment Paid by the University - Summary of Benefit Costs
Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) Comprehensive psychological counseling, wellness and work life services (e.g. legal and financial consultations). Human Solutions is the service provider for the University Date of appointment Paid by the University - Summary of Benefit Costs
Long Term Disability Loss of income in the event of a long-term disability Benefit is 70% of salary and is taxable. The University’s Organizational Health & Effectiveness unit initiates the claim process. Application for benefits occurs after 130 working days elimination period. Coverage ceases end of the month in which employee turns 65. Date of appointment Paid by the University - Summary of Benefit Costs
Life Insurance Basic Provides a lump sum to the designated beneficiary(ies) in the event of death of 2 * annual salary (minimum of $15,000). The University’s Pension & Benefit Advisory Services unit would initiate and submit the claim on behalf of the beneficiary(ies). Date of appointment Paid by the University - Summary of Benefit Costs
Optional Life  Additional life insurance can be purchased in units of $10,000 up to $500,000. Evidence of Insurability required for amounts over $100,000 or on total principal if late applicant. An application is required. Date of appointment Employee Paid see Summary of Benefit Costs
Optional Dependent Life Evidence of Insurability required if late applicant. Application required. Spouse: $15,000 Each Dependent Child: $5,000 The University’s Pension & Benefit Advisory Services unit would assist with the claims process. Date of appointment Employee Paid see Summary of Benefit Costs
Critical Illness $10,000 lump sum benefit paid to the employee in the event of diagnosis of a covered disease.   Date of appointment Paid by the University - see Summary of Benefit Costs
Critical Illness Voluntary Additional critical illness insurance can be purchased in increments of $25,000 to a maximum of $300,000. Lump sum benefit paid to the employee in the event of diagnosis of a covered disease. Evidence of Insurability required for amounts over $25,000 or on total principal if late applicant. An application is required.   Date of appointment Employee Paid see Summary of Benefit Costs
Spousal Critical Illness Spousal critical illness insurance can be purchased in increments of $25,000 to a maximum of $300,000. Lump sum benefit paid to the employee if the spouse is diagnosed with a covered disease. Evidence of Insurability required for amounts greater than $25,000 or on total principal if late applicant.   Date of appointment Employee Paid see Summary of Benefit Costs
Accidental Death & Dismemberment Additional insurance in the event of accidental death or a permanent dismemberment. Application required. Employee or family coverage is available. The University’s Pension and Benefit Advisory Services would assist with the claims process. Date of appointment Employee Paid see Summary of Benefit Costs
Business Travel Provides additional coverage for accidental death or bodily injury which occurs while traveling on business for the University. Principal Sum of $75,000 Date of appointment Paid by the University
Occupational Accidental Death and Dismemberment Provides insurance coverage in the event you suffer accidental death or dismemberment as a result of an accident which occurs while you are at work. Principal Sum of $25,000. Date of appointment Paid by the University
Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP) Defined benefit pension plan which provides retirement and survivor income replacement. Date of appointment for staff working 30 or more hours per week Both the University and the Employee make equal contributions to the plan. See Summary of Benefit Costs
Casual Illness Illness up to 3 days. Report to department. No medical certificate required. Date of appointment Less than 12 months service accrue 1 day per month, prorated for part-time Greater than 12 months service 10 days per year, pro-rated for part-time
General Illness Covers illness or injury for absences greater than 3 days to a maximum of 26 weeks. Report to department. Medical certificate is required. 13th month of employment of 1 year of service  120 days per service year, prorated for part-time
Special Leave Absences for compassionate and other special leaves. Date of appointment 10 days per fiscal year, prorated for part-time
Vacation Leave Departmental procedures apply Earned from date of appointment Accrues time per month prorated based on hours worked: Less than 5 yrs service, accrue 3 weeks per year Greater than 5 yrs service, accrue 4 weeks per year Greater than 16 yrs service, accrue 5 weeks per year Greater than 23 yrs service, accrue 6 weeks per year
Personal Leave Days Voluntary unpaid leave days under a special program. Upon employee request 5 days. Personal Leave levy of 1.92% to be applied from July 2012 to June 2013
Maternity Leave Leave for maternity reasons. Must be eligible for Employment Insurance maternity benefits to receive Top Up pay. Submit Medical Certificate and proof of Employment Insurance payment to Human Resource Services. >52 weeks of employment Maximum 15 weeks. Employment Insurance payments plus Top Up = 100% of gross weekly salary for an 8 week Top Up period
    <52 weeks of employment 15 weeks of maternity leave
Parental Leave Time off for newborn/adopted child After one year of service Maximum 37 weeks of unpaid leave
Physical Education, Recreation Facilities Fitness, swimming, squash, racquetball, etc.  Date of appointment This does not include classes. Obtain a staff card for unlimited access at the ONECard office
Human Resource Development Fund For job related training. Application forms should be submitted on-line to Human Resource Services for approval of funding. Date of appointment $750 per fiscal year
Remission of Tuition Credit courses. Academic Remission of Tuition Fees form is submitted to Financial Services. After one year of service Up to 18 units of course weight in a calendar year for full time and up to 3 units of course weight in a calendar year for part time