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March 31 Deadline to Submit Claims

Claims for reimbursement from any of the benefit plans must be submitted to Sun Life within 90 days of the end of the calendar year in which the expense is incurred.  This means that the deadline for submitting claims incurred between January 1 and December 31, 2013 is March 31, 2014. You can find account […]

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December 31 Deadline for Flexible Spending Program

It’s important to regularly check on the balance in your Health Spending and/or Personal Spending Accounts under the Flexible Spending Program and note when available funds “expire.” Unspent funds can only be carried forward for one year and funds you do not spend after two years revert to the employer. You can find account balances […]

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Bargaining Update May 2012 – Benefits and Other Financial Issues

In our last bargaining update, we presented the case for a bargaining mandate with respect to salaries that is based on the Employer’s lead-payer strategy for compensation at the 75th percentile of a group of seven comparator institutions.  Based on the salary data that is currently available (i.e., 2010-11), the average salaries by rank for […]

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Report on the USFA Scholarship Fund 2010 – 2011 Academic Year

The USFA Scholarship was established in 2004. Each year scholarship awards are made to eligible students of USFA Faculty members. The University of Saskatchewan makes an annual contribution to the fund of $250,000. In 2010/2011 a record number of 208 applications were received. Of these applicants, 196 students were eligible for partial tuition reimbursement. For […]

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Reduced Appointment Plan (Article 13.2.3)

One long-standing feature of the Collective Agreement has been the Reduced Appointment Plan (RAP), which allows faculty members over 55 with at least 10 years of service to gradually downsize their careers by reducing to part-time without a corresponding reduction in benefits. The Collective Agreement states “[e]mployees who wish to participate in the Reduced Appointment […]

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