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Memorial Reaches Tentative Agreements With NAPE

Memorial University has reached tentative agreements with the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE) for locals: 7803 and 1804; 7804 and 1809; 7801; 7850; and 7405. 

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Launch of Guidelines for Remote Work Arrangements

Memorial has developed Guidelines for Remote Work Arrangements (for non-academic employees at all campuses) that are effective Aug. 29, 2022, for a one-year period. 

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Supporting our People Sessions

The Department of Human Resources is holding a week of informative online sessions from Monday, June 6 to Friday, June 10.  Sessions will cover a range of employment related topics such as policy information, recruitment, retention, benefits, wellness and recognition. 

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Virtual Retirement Planning Seminar

The Department of Human Resources is offering a two-day online retirement planning seminar for Memorial employees. Employees at any stage in their career who are interested in learning more about retirement planning are invited to attend. The session will take place on Tuesday, May 31 and Wednesday, June 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day. Please see the complete article for the agenda, Webex links and passcodes.

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Virtual Wellness Fair

Employee Wellness, Department of Human Resources and the Student Wellness and Counselling Centre are holding an online Wellness Fair on April 6, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Support Available

Need support with a health, family, life, work or money issue?

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provided by LifeWorks offers assistance with all of these subjects and everything in between.

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Expression of Interest

On behalf of Memorial’s Board of Regents, the Department of Human Resources is seeking expressions of interest to fill two vacancies on the University Benefits Committee.

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General Economic Increases and OPEB changes

At a meeting held on Dec. 2, 2021, Memorial’s Board of Regents approved general economic increases for non-unionized employees who are paid on the non-bargaining, management and professional, and leadership pay scales. These increases are in alignment with the public sector template and unionized groups at Memorial.

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Community of Practice event - Indigenous Inclusion 2.0

During the fall, the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion and Indigenous Works will be hosting a Community of Practice event titled Indigenous Inclusion 2.0. This event will take participants through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations related to the workplace, share locally relevant issues around Indigenous inclusion and provide examples of ways employers can work toward meaningful reconciliation. This event, conducted via Zoom, will be offered on a number of dates between Oct. 5 and Nov. 4.

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Vaccination declaration deadline Sept. 7

As a part of our shared responsibility to keep each other and our extended families safe during the upcoming school year, COVID-19 vaccines are required for all students, faculty and staff. As a reminder, first doses of the vaccine are required by Sept. 7 and second doses are required by Oct. 15, 2021. Memorial has launched the secure vaccine declaration form. Please take a few moments to complete this form at your earliest convenience and no later than the end-of-day Sept. 7. You can access this form directly in the My MUN portal.

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Memorial observing National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Sept. 30

In June, the federal government passed legislation to mark Thursday, Sept. 30, as a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. To observe this day of reflection, Memorial University will be closed; classes will be cancelled and university employees who are normally entitled to provincial and federal holidays will receive this day off.

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Fall CCDI Online Sessions

Memorial is an employer partner with the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI). As part of this partnership, Memorial employees and retirees are invited to attend CCDI webinars. Please click here for a listing of the webinars being offered from September to December 2021

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LTD Deductions Resuming

The Department of Human Resources wishes to advise that the LTD premium holiday that began on April 22, 2021, will be coming to an end on Aug. 12, 2021. The last pay period for which no LTD deductions will be taken will be July 29, 2021. 

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Notice of Change to Interest Crediting Rate on Member Contributions to the Memorial University Pension Plan

In accordance with a recommendation of the University Pensions Committee and approval by the Board of Regents, the interest rate credited to contributions under the Memorial University Pension Plan has changed from a net fund rate of return to a market rate based upon five-year personal fixed term chartered bank deposit rates. Memorial was recently notified of ministerial approval to implement the interest rate change which is effective July 1, 2020, as per Directive 2020-2 which can be found here. The interest rate used for 2020 will be a blended rate of 8.6 per cent and for 2021 onwards the rate will be market-based. For 2021, the interest rate is 1.1 per cent.

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Johnson Insurance 2021 Scholarship Program

Johnson Insurance is pleased to offer 50 scholarships worth $1,000 each to eligible students completing high school in 2021 and starting post-secondary education in the fall of 2021.

Qualifying children or grandchildren of employees and retirees are eligible to apply and it is not necessary to be insured with Johnson for Home or Auto Insurance to make application. Deadline to apply is July 15, 2021.

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Mental Health Week

Mental Health Week 2021 is taking place from Monday, May 3 to Friday, May 7.

Employee Wellness, Department of Human Resources and the Student Wellness and Counselling Centre have a number of activities planned. For details and the schedule of events, please click here.

 

 

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Upcoming Wellness Sessions

Employee Wellness, Department of Human Resources, along with an expert facilitator from LifeWorks (formerly Morneau Shepell), is pleased to offer a number of one-hour online wellness sessions between May and August 2021.

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Spring/Summer CCDI Online Sessions

Memorial is an employer partner with the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI). As part of this partnership, Memorial employees and retirees are invited to attend CCDI webinars. Please click here for a listing of the webinars being offered from May to August 2021.

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Group Insurance Renewals and Rate Changes

Members of Memorial's group insurance plans are advised that the plans have been renewed effective April 1, 2021. Group insurance premiums will be deducted based upon a blended rate for the April 8, 2021 pay period. From April 22, 2021 onwards, premiums will be based upon the new rate schedule.

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Wellness Fair 2021

Employee Wellness, Department of Human Resources and the Student Wellness and Counselling Centre are pleased to present the 2021 Wellness Fair on March 3 online!  

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2020 Tax Slips

All current Memorial employees, and pensioners who signed up to receive their tax information electronically, can now access their 2020 tax slips online in the employee section of my.mun.ca. Some individuals may have multiple tax slips and will need to download them individually.

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The Works indoor track

Employee Wellness, Department of Human Resources, in collaboration with The Works, will be providing employees with the opportunity to utilize The Works Indoor Track for a two- week period upon their return to the workplace, no membership required!

 

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SSQ travel health insurance update

SSQ Insurance has provided an update regarding eligible medical expenses resulting from COVID-19 for insureds travelling outside of Canada.

Please click here to read the full SSQ statement.

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Significant uptake

Memorial has highest uptake in national equity and diversity webinars.

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Payroll Giving

Throughout the year, as part of Memorial’s overall annual fundraising program, a number of university employees and pensioners donate every payday through payroll deduction. Payroll gifts can support a broad range of designations across Memorial at the donors’ discretion, and can also support the Campus Food Bank (which is a separate charitable entity). In 2020, 278 people availed of payroll deduction to support one of these causes.

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Information regarding severance payout

On Dec. 18, 2019, non-union employees at Memorial received notice of a Board of Regents resolution concerning changes to severance and other post-employment benefits (OPEB) for non-bargaining, management and professional, and senior administrative management employees. Notice was given that severance accrual would cease effective Dec. 31, 2021, and severance accrued to that date would be paid to eligible employees over the following 12 months. Within the above mentioned groups, only employees hired before Oct. 1, 2004, accrue severance.

Eligible employees may, at their option, request an earlier payout of severance prior to Jan. 1, 2022.  For detailed information, please click here.

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Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion

Memorial has signed on as an employer partner with the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI).

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Severance and other post-employment benefits

At a meeting held Dec. 5, 2019, the Board of Regents approved changes to severance and other post-employment benefits (OPEB) for non-bargaining, management and professional, and senior administrative management employees at Memorial. These changes ensure consistency in the application of severance and OPEB practices for Memorial’s staff employee groups.

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