Employee News – November 4, 2016
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Travelling with an attendant on Transit
Why are some staff being asked to pay a transit fee, when accompanying individuals we support on the transit system?
If people are using a red BC Bus Pass (Compass Card) they travel free ($52/month) on Skytrain, Sea Bus and bus. Some people may have an orange Compass Card if they have a disability and do not have a BC Bus Pass.
If people need assistance to take transit, they can also take an attendant FREE on Skytrain, bus or Sea Bus if they have a HandyCard. Anyone who had a HandyCard previously was mailed an orange Compass Card in December. Did people receive these?
They need to carry the HandyCard with them to show the driver if questioned.
The HandyCard allows your attendant to travel free of charge on conventional public transit.
An attendant is someone you need to assist you to be able to travel on public transit, and remains with you throughout your trip.
You must be able to show your HandyCard, so make sure to bring it with you.
Free attendant travel is NOT part of the BC Bus Pass program – only the HandyCard provides this benefit in Metro Vancouver.
HandyDart/HandyCard application forms are available at the office.
Ernie can sign these forms for you. No need to make a doctor appointment!
Please feel free to contact Linda with any questions or concerns. She indicates that she is available 365 days a year 24 hours a day!
Consumer Advocacy Manager
MVT Canadian Bus Inc.
We’ve created an Employee Facebook Group!
If you’re on Facebook, please look us up and ‘Join’ the group;
SSCL Employee Group
Click Here and login to your own Facebook, click ‘Join’
Please also feel free to ‘suggest’ or ‘share’ this group with other Spectrum colleagues you’re already friends with!
This forum will be to share announcements, updates, newsletters, training, stories, celebrations and other important news with staff and colleagues.
We invite all staff to participate by appropriately sharing any community events, stories or photos from your time spent with people you’re supporting.
We look forward to your participation!
Are you already hired by Spectrum? If you’re working relief and looking for full or part-time opportunities, take a look at our Job Postings here!
Spread the word! If you’re enjoying your work and the people you’re meeting….tell your friends!
Have them send in their resume to email@example.com
Guess what!? We have a referral program!
If you have a friend, family member or meet someone in the community that is interested in joining the team and you refer them to Spectrum, you could be eligible for a referral bonus!
If the person referred is hired and maintains at least 9 months of consistent employment with Spectrum, we will award a $50 Referral Bonus (Pre-loaded Visa card).
*if you’d like more info on the program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our way of saying thank you for bringing us quality applicants/employees!
Looking for Members for Health & Safety Committee
The Health and Safety Committee is accepting nominations for those who would like to join the committee.
If you or someone you know would like to be nominated, please notify Naomi or Rachel in Human Resources at email@example.com.
According to WorkSafe BC, there should be no fewer than four regular members. If nominations are insufficient, the team will appoint employees to become members.
Below are some responsibilities of an H&S Committee member:
– Meet once per month
– Improve safety within the organization
– Educate about safety within the organization
– Review safety issues
– Provide feedback on safety issues
– Represent employees within safety related issues
– Review of incidents (WorkSafe claims)
– Review Unsafe Working Conditions reports
– Provide awareness to people regarding safety issues
Health and Safety members review Work Safe claims within Spectrum. One of the main goals of the H&S Committee is to prevent injuries and accidents from re-occurring.
Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) Helps You with Personal and Professional Concerns
If you are currently enrolled in our employee group benefits, you are eligible to receive support from the EAP.
Spectrum’s EAP is known as LifeWorks, which is provided by Ceridian.
It provides you and your immediate family with 24/7 access to confidential support and resources you need to manage almost any personal or professional issue,
so you can lead a healthier, happier, more productive life.
What can you get help with?
- Parenting and Child Care
- Older Adults
- Midlife & Retirement
- Financial and Legal Issues
- Work Issues
- Health & Wellness
- Emotional Well-Being
For more information and to access the program, please contact Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org