OPSEU Benefits (Regular/Recurring less than 17.5 hours per week)
OPSEU Regular and Recurring employees whose appointment is for less than 17.5 hours per week are eligible for the employee benefits below:
- Sick Leave
- Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)
- Flex Benefits
- Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP)
- Maternity/Parental Leave
- Tuition Waivers/Rebates
Regular or recurring staff members who work less than seventeen and one-half (17- 1/2) hours per week will be paid their hourly rate at the rate of one (1) normal working day for each month of service dating from the appointment date up to a maximum of sixty (60) normal working days, to the extent that these days have not been used on previous illness. When all accumulated sick leave entitlement has been utilized, members shall be laid off in accordance with the provisions of Article 10.14.
All Trent employees who are currently entitled to Sun Life benefits are eligible to access this free and confidential Employee Assistance Program (EAP). LifeWorks is Trent University’s confidential Employee Assistance Program available to eligible employees and their dependents 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at no cost to you. From parenting concerns to health matters, work issues to financial problems, legal questions to elder care, even with buying your first home, LifeWorks can help! In fact, you can turn to LifeWorks for help with a wide range of questions and issues. LifeWorks is not just about counselling – it’s also a way to gain access to the information and resources you need. LifeWorks can help with:
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All OPSEU employees are currently entitled to receive a Flexible Benefits Plan allowance (See Article 14.11 of the OPSEU Collective Agreement). The allowance is $300.00 between July 1 and the following June 30, pro-rated for employees that are employed for less than the full year. The entire amount must be used by June 30. Flex dollars do not carry over at June 30 to the next year. Employees must have a TrentU card in order to use their flex benefits. Flex benefit amounts will be automatically allocated to your TrentU card. The flex benefit account will take priority over your other accounts on your TrentU card. Therefore, when you present your card, funds will be drawn from the flex benefit account first. If you do not have a TrentU card, please visit the TrentU Card Office website for instructions on how to obtain one. Please also refer to the TrentU Card Office website for further information, to check your card balance, and view the full list of locations you can use your flex benefits at.
If you do not intend to use your flex benefit allotment, please ensure you notify email@example.com, as this is a taxable benefit. Please contact Human Resources for any disputes as to the amount of flex dollars on your card.
Faculty and staff of Trent University have the opportunity to save for their children/grandchildren’s post-secondary education by starting an RESP through automatic payroll deductions. In our partnership with CST Consultants Inc., you can save for future educational costs by starting an RESP plan with the Canadian Scholarship Trust Plan, and benefit from the Canada Education Savings Grant which can add 20% to your RESP up to a total potential grant of $7,200.00 per child. The Additional Canada Education Savings Grant and the Canada Learning Bond may also be available by opening an RESP.
If you are interested in opening an RESP please refer to the Canadian Scholarship Trust Plan Brochure for more information or contact:
C.S.T. Consultants Inc.
Maternity Leave SUB Plan
After an employee has been employed at Trent University for one (1) year, she can file for maternity leave under this SUB plan. Under this plan, the University will pay 95% of the employee’s normal salary or wages for the first two (2) weeks and for the next fifteen (15) weeks, the University will supplement the benefit paid by the Employment Insurance Commission so that when combined with earnings from other sources, the total from both sources will equal 95% of the Trent base salary or wages. The recipient will be required to produce a record of payment from the Employment Insurance Commission before the University can pay the supplement.
Parental Leave SUB Plan
After a staff member has been employed at Trent University for one (1) year, she/he can apply for parental leave under the SUB plan. Under this plan all employees eligible for the maternity leave SUB plan may also extend the SUB plan for an additional ten (10) weeks as parental leave providing the parental leave is taken immediately following maternity leave. An additional twenty-five (25) weeks of parental leave may also be taken, but shall be considered an unpaid leave and may be eligible for Employment Insurance benefits, but not salary/wages from the University. The employee will be required to produce a Record of Payment from the Employment Insurance Commission before the University can pay the supplement.
The vacation year is July 1st of one year to June 30th of the next year. Vacation entitlements are earned one year to be taken the next year in accordance with the OPSEU vacation schedule in the Collective Agreement. Thus new employees are not entitled to vacation time until the July 1st following their date of hire. If an employee’s service date for vacation purposes is prior to September 30th of any given year they will be considered to have a full year of service at the next July 1st. If you are hired to a permanent position from a contract position please email contact Human Resources for your vacation entitlement.
- Vacation entitlement for part-time staff will be prorated accordingly
- Vacation entitlement does not accrue during long term unpaid leaves of absence
- of four months or longer
- Normally, vacation may not be carried over from one vacation year to another. However, in certain situations and with prior written approval, vacation days, to a maximum of five (5) working days may be carried over to the next vacation year.
- In the 25th year, OPSEU employees shall be entitled to Special Service Recognition vacation time which consists of an extra five (5) days for a total of thirty-one (31) days of vacation in the 25th year only.
Tuition Waivers/Rebates for OPSEU staff:
- Course tuition fees are waived for courses of formal instruction offered by Trent University, up to and including graduate level programs
- In the opinion of the supervisor and Human Resources the course will be of benefit to the staff member in the performance of job duties at the University and will result in some educational credit being obtained
- Eligible staff applying to take courses must be prepared to meet normal admission requirements and to comply with published deadlines, etc.
- Failure to successfully complete a course will result in the staff member being held financially responsible for the full course fee
- You are eligible to take one (1.0) undergraduate credit taken between September and April and one (1.0) undergraduate credit taken between May and August at Trent University
- The maximum tuition fee rebate for all Graduate Programs is the domestic part time graduate program fee per term, not the Masters of Education or future Professional Master’s program rates
- Where the hours of instruction fall within working hours, the employee shall be required to make up for any time lost by taking the course.
- Please submit a completed and signed tuition waiver or rebate form to the Department of Human Resources a minimum of 30 days prior to the commencement of the course
- If you taking a course at another academic institution and require a tuition rebate you are required to pay for the course and once successfully completed you will be reimbursed up to the maximum amount (proof of successful completion (grades) and proof of tuition payment are required)
Tuition Waivers for dependents of OPSEU staff:
- Dependents enrolled in courses at Trent University, are eligible to have their normal undergraduate academic fees waived for up to one full undergraduate program per term
- Please submit a completed and signed dependent tuition waiver form to the Department of Human Resources a minimum of 30 days prior to the commencement of the course
- Ancillary fees are not waived
- Dependency shall be considered for one spouse (including common-law) and any children 25 years of age or under (including adopted, fostered and married children)
For further information regarding tuition waivers/rebates please refer to Article 19.4 of the current OPSEU collective agreement or contact the Department of Human Resources.