August 2019

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Two new types of leave

Two new types of leave added to the Employment Standards Act

As of May 30, 2019, the BC government added two new types of leave to the Employment Standards Act (ESA).

What this means for you

If one of your employees who is a plan member chooses to purchase service for one of these leaves, the ESA will continue to require that you pay the employer portion of the cost. Refer to these instructions on how to handle a leave.

Why these changes are happening

The new leaves reflect greater compassion for individuals and their families in the following two situations:

  • Critical illness or injury
  • Domestic or sexual violence

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LTD policy validation Oct

Staying current — validate your group disability plan information this October

In October, you will be asked to use the online LTD Policy Validation tool to verify that our records reflect your current group disability plan information. This will ensure your employees who are plan members receiving long-term disability (LTD) benefits from an approved group disability plan are correctly earning pensionable and contributory service.

To make the validation process easier, take steps to prepare. Before accessing the tool in October, gather the following information:

  • Current group disability plan(s); if needed, contact your LTD carrier for this information
  • LTD policy effective date(s)
  • LTD policy number(s)
  • Which employee classes the LTD policy applies to
  • LTD policy termination date(s) for policies that have terminated since October 2018
  • LTD policy information for policies that have changed since they were approved

Please make sure your Web Services users are up to date. For more details, check out the August 2019 newsletter article Saving money and keeping employees’ data secure – confirm Web Services user access.

Even if this is your first time using the LTD Policy Validation tool, you’ll find it’s easy! To assist you, we’ll provide instructions and other details about the tool in the fall newsletter.


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Web services users access confirmation

Saving money and keeping employees’ data secure — confirm Web Services user access

Are your Web Services users current? It’s important for your employees to have access to Web Services:

  • Ensures they can remit contributions to avoid interest charges
  • Allows them to report data for employees who are plan members, maintaining accurate records so we can provide pension payments, member benefit statements and important information
  • Prevents former employees from accessing your organization’s Web Services

To do this, we need your help. Please change or add Web Services users for your organization as needed. It’s easy and takes only minutes. Here's how.

Thank you for maintaining your user accounts.

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Employer Education online registration

Bringing you online-only registration for employer education

We’re excited to share that your request for online-only webinar and workshop registration is now available on the secure employer website. As of the week of July 15, you can view all the employer education schedules and register for workshops and webinars:

Hot Topics webinar series

You can learn about and plan for Hot Topics webinars just like you do with other webinars and workshops:

  • View six topics at a time so you know in advance which webinars will both help you with your pension administration duties and fit into your schedule
  • Register for or cancel one or more webinars at any time

Note: If you added your name to the one-time registration list for enrolment in the monthly Hot Topics webinar series, you will automatically receive an online meeting invite for the next three months. Starting October, please register on the employer website for webinars you’d like to attend.

Payroll Reporting Refresher webinar and Comprehensive Training workshop

  • Register without a paper form, which has been removed
  • View the schedule

Visit the Employer Education section of the secure employer site to check out all the educational offerings, including eLearning to help you successfully carry out pension administration.


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MPP AGM
Oct 17, 2019

Come to the Municipal Pension Plan AGM – October 17, 2019

The Municipal Pension Plan annual general meeting is an opportunity to learn important information about your pension plan. This year’s meeting includes the following:

  • 2018 financial highlights
  • 2018 actuarial valuation report
  • Post-retirement group benefits review update
  • Investment update
  • Q&A with trustees

All members and employers are invited to attend. Join us in person or by webcast.

What
2019 Annual General Meeting

When
October 17, 2019
10:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. (preview slides begin at 9:45 a.m.)

Where
Anvil Centre
First-floor ballroom
777 Columbia Street
New Westminster, BC

Or

Online at mpp.pensionsbc.ca

We hope to see you!


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Visit us online to stay up to date

Save time — visit us online for current information, tools and documents

You’ve probably done it at one point – bookmarked something on the plan website for future reference or saved a paper copy of a document so it’s accessible when you need it. Learn more about why you should always visit us online for what you need.


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