The UBC community is invited to comment on the proposed amendment of Policy # 49 (Pre-Retirement Reduced Appointment Agreements).
Policy #49 Reduced Workload/Responsibility Appointment – Non-Academic Staff was approved in 1984 and has not been amended since that time. With the elimination of mandatory retirement in British Columbia in 2008 and the ability of staff to choose when they wish to retire, a review of Policy #49 is long overdue.
Although the proposed amendment of Policy #49 reorganizes how the information is presented and modernizes the language, the key principles remain the same:
- To be eligible, an employee must be: (a) a staff member who, (b) holds a full-time continuing position, (c) is at least 55 years of age, and (d) has at least 15 years full-time continuous service at the University.
- The reduced appointment must not be below 50% of the full-time position.
- The salary will be commensurate with the reduced appointment.
- The employee’s contribution to benefits programs is based on full-time salary with the exception of long-term disability (which is based on the employee’s actual salary).
- Contributions and pension credits will be calculated on the position’s full-time salary.
Members of the Faculty Association, which include faculty, librarians and program directors in Continuing Studies, have access to the reduced appointment provisions contained within their collective agreement. Policy #49 makes comparable pre-retirement options available for the University’s staff.
The primary changes recommended by the Policy Review Committee are as a result of the elimination of mandatory retirement. Specifically, the proposed amendment of Policy #49 now requires the following:
- a fixed term appointment to a maximum of three years; and
- a pre-determined retirement date.
Finally, the Policy Review Committee recommended more detailed procedures surrounding the establishment of a pre-retirement reduced appointment agreement and retitling the policy to more accurately describe these types of arrangements.
The proposed amendment of Policy #49 is now being published and all members of the University community are encouraged to provide their comments. Please submit feedback to the Office of the University Counsel at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 30, 2016.