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					P            ension & Benefits News                                    January 2010            Volume 3, Issue 1




The Pension &           Canada Pension Plan and Employment Insurance Contributions
Benefits team wishes
you a Happy and        A brief reminder for all employees who contributed the maximum amounts for CPP and
Healthy 2010.          EI in 2009: that your 2010 contributions will start being deducted effective on your
                       January 2010 pay.

                                    Alberta Blue Cross 2009 Spending Accounts
                                                 Important Reminder
                       All Employees Except Faculty
                       Please remember that all expenditures for 2009 must be dated no later than
                       December 31, 2009, and must be received by Blue Cross in Edmonton for processing
                       no later than February 28, 2010. After this date any monies remaining in your
                       accounts will be forfeited. For those who have Coordination of Benefits with their
                       spouse, please remember to allow yourself adequate time to send any claims through
                       both plans so they may come back through your HSA (if applicable) before the
                       February 28, 2010 deadline.
 Index:
    CPP & EI 2010
     Contributions         Blue Cross Coverage for Dependents Over 21 Years Of Age
    2009 SA           In order for children who are between twenty-one and twenty-five years of age, to be
     Deadline          eligible dependents under your Blue Cross benefits, they must be attending an
    Over 21           accredited educational institution, college or university on a full-time basis.
     Dependents
                       Later this month, the Pension and Benefits department will be mailing out an inter-
    Dependent
                       office memo to all employees who have dependents that fall in the above mentioned
     Student Waiver
     Letters           category, requesting confirmation that their dependent is still enrolled as a full-time
                       student. Any dependents no longer enrolled will be terminated from the employee’s
    Retirement
     Planning
                       Blue Cross coverage.
     Sessions          Should you receive the inter-office memo, please respond in a timely fashion. Benefits
    PSPP 2010         will automatically terminate the coverage of the affected dependents if the response is
     Rates             not received by the deadline.
    Blue Cross
     Direct Deposit
    Comments                              Dependent Student Waiver Letters
     Welcome
    Health &          If your spouse or dependent is a full-time student at the University of Lethbridge, he/
     Wellness          she may opt out of the Student Health Plan, if the sponsoring staff member has family
    Having a little   Health and Dental coverage. In order to opt out, the Cash Office requires a student
     fun…              waiver form; this form can be obtained from Human Resources.
Barb Thomsen
thomsen@uleth.ca                             Retirement Planning Sessions
403-329-2379
                        Pension and Benefits will be holding Retirement Planning sessions in March 2010.
Joyce Eves              There will be four three-hour sessions which will be held in the evening from 6:30 p.m.
joyce.eves@uleth.ca     —9:30 p.m. You must attend all four sessions for your plan.
403-329-2480
                        These sessions are open to all employees and their respective spouses. The cost is
Susan Roth              twenty-five dollars ($25.00) in total, which may be deducted directly off your pay, if you
susan.roth@uleth.ca     so desire.
403-382-7187
                        Universities Academic Pension Plan (UAPP) held on Monday evenings:
                          March 1                         Location: Andy’s Place AH100
                          March 8                         Location: Andy’s Place AH100
                          March 15                        Location: Andy’s Place AH100
                          March 22                        Location: Andy’s Place AH100


                        Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP) held on Tuesday evenings:
                           March 16                        Location: Andy’s Place AH100
                           March 23                        Location: Andy’s Place AH100
                           March 30                        Location: Andy’s Place AH100
                           April 6                         Location: Andy’s Place AH100

                        Please contact Joyce Eves (2480) or Susan Roth (7187) if you would be interested in
                        attending the sessions.


           Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP) 2010 Contribution Rates
Effective January 1, 2010, contribution rates for employees and employers of the Public Service Pension
Plan (PSPP) will increase. The contribution rate on pensionable salary up to the Year’s Maximum
Pensionable Earnings (YMPE) will increase from 6.69% to 9.10%. The contribution rate on pension salary
over the YMPE will increase from 9.55% to 13.00%.



                                        New Rates Effective January 2010

          On Pensionable Salary                Current Contribution Rates             New Contribution Rates


             Up to YMPE:                               6.69%                                 9.10%

             Over YMPE                                 9.55%                                13.00%
             YMPE is the Year’s Maximum Pensionable Earnings under the Canada Pension Plan.
                                                2010 YMPE = $47,200.
                            Alberta Blue Cross Direct Deposit
Direct Deposit is a safe, fast and confidential way for you to receive your claim payments. After processing a
benefit claim, Alberta Blue Cross credits your bank account with the amount your benefit plan will reimburse
you for the product or service. You will continue to receive a Blue Cross EOB (Explanation of Benefits) in the
mail explaining what was paid on your claim.
Signing up or making changes to your bank information can be initiated any time you choose. Simply
complete a “Direct Deposit Sign-Up and Change” form available online a https://www.ab.bluecross.ca/
group_forms.html You may send the form directly to Blue Cross or send it to the Pension & Benefits department
and we will forward it on your behalf.

                     Attention All University of Lethbridge Staff
In order to keep you informed of the important events in the Pension and Benefit world, we would like to
hear about what you would like to know, questions you may need answers for and even general comments.
Please fee free to contact Susan Roth at 403-382-7187 or susan.roth@uleth.ca


                                  WCB and Disability Issues
Please contact Suzanne McIntosh, Coordinator, Employee Health and Wellness, at 403-332-5217 for any
Worker’s Compensation Board (WCB) issues, commencement of short-term disability, return-to-work
process and long-term disability issues.



                                       Having a little fun...
Sudoku Puzzle: Fill the grid with numbers 1 to 9 so that every row, every column and every 3x3 box contains
the digits 1-9, without repeating any numbers.

                            4          8                      3
                                       6           4
                                  2          9                           6
                            8          3     1          2
                                  9          6          7           8
                                             8          4     1          3
                            3                           8           7
                                                   7          6
                                       5                      9          4

				
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