Team News – March 8, 2019
Mar 10, 2019 – Daylight Saving Time Starts
When local standard time is about to reach
Sunday, March 10, 2019, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned forward 1 hour to
Sunday, March 10, 2019, 3:00:00 am local daylight time instead.
Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour later on Mar 10, 2019 than the day before. There will be more light in the evening.
Registering your Compass Card
You might want to register your Compass Card to protect your unused balance if your card is lost or stolen.
Below please find the Translink link to register your card:
- They will ask for the compass card number
- CVN code (which is on the back of the compass card)
- Card name is optional (give your card a name (e.g. John UBC – instead of a number)
Then a check “I agree to the Compass Card Terms and Conditions of Use for creating an account”
Then follow the prompts.
Municipal Pension Plan
Have you heard about our new monthly, free webinar Hot Topic? Focused on a different topic each month, you’ll learn about timely topics that will answer your questions so you can succeed at pension administration.
Join us Thursday, March 21 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.:
- Learn more about the retirement process:
- Share with us and other employers
- Pain points
- Tips on how you have streamlined this process
- What tools you find most valuable when reviewing and confirming reports
- Ask questions
To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please share this invitation to staff or colleagues who might like to participate.
- Section 4 of the Employer Instruction Manual
If you have any questions please send an email to email@example.com.
Your pension experience… we make it easy!
Employee Benefits Update:
As previously communicated, effective January 1, 2019 we have transitioned our benefit program to Sun Life Financial.
Your new Sun Life benefit packages and wallet ID card(s) will be mailed to your home address on file within the next few weeks along with further information on how to get setup online for enhanced plan member access online and enhanced mobile app services as well as electronic claim submission services. A digital copy of the booklet has been provided to us if you want to review the information.
Should you and your eligible dependents incur any claims on or after January 1st for Health or Dental expenses prior to receiving your new benefit packages, please ensure to retain all of your original receipts as you will be able to submit these claims later on to Sun Life Financial (online or by mail, depending on the expense type).
REMINDER: Claims Incurred Prior to January 1, 2019
Our current benefit program with GroupHealth and Manulife terminated on January 1, 2019. It is important that you submit any claims incurred before January 1st to GroupHealth and Manulife within 90 days (by March 31, 2019). Online services through Manulife will be discontinued after January 1st, however, manual claim submission by paper claim form will still be available.
Happy New Year!
Employee Benefits Memo December 12, 2018
Spectrum Society for Community Living is committed to providing our employees with a comprehensive employee benefit program to protect their physical, mental, and financial wellbeing. To ensure we offer the best programs for the best value, we review them regularly.
As a result of significant cost increases proposed for the next year under the current benefit plan, considerable time has been invested this year in analyzing our programs.
Effective January 1, 2019 we will be transitioning our benefit program to Sun Life Financial. Through the new program, employees will see a decrease in their monthly contributions towards Long-Term Disability (LTD) benefits deduction.
Your new Sun Life benefit packages and wallet ID card(s) will be provided to you in January. Information on how to get setup online for enhanced plan member access, enhanced mobile app services, and electronic claim submission services will also be provided. We will be providing a letter for you to bring to appointments in January if you have appointments that occur before the new cards arrive.
Claims Incurred Before January 1, 2019
Our current benefit program with GroupHealth and Manulife will terminate on January 1, 2019. It is important that you submit any claims incurred before January 1st to GroupHealth and Manulife within 90 days (by March 31, 2019). Online services through Manulife will be discontinued after January 1st, however, manual claim submission by paper claim form will still be available.
Please share this information with your co-workers to ensure everyone knows about this change. We know that some people don’t read all their emails J .
CSSEA Employee Purchase Program
If you are looking for a new cell phone deal you might want to check this out.
The TELUS Employee Purchase Program (EPP) gives discounts on TELUS Mobility plans and devices to employees of select organizations.
This deal is available to all employees of agencies that belong to CSSEA. Spectrum is an associate member of CSSEA.
You have to use your @spectrumsociety.org email address to be verified.
Link to Posters: January 2019 Offers
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (attendance compensated)
– Improve safety within the organization
– Educate about safety within the organization – training opportunities
– 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 Program (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.
Information on our new EAP is available at: https://www.workhealthlife.com/sunlife
or by phone at 1-855-544-7722
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 email@example.com