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Need to make changes to your benefits coverage?

Employees enrolled in University of Toronto Benefit Plans must submit a request to change benefits before March 16 Each year in March, the University of Toronto offers employees the opportunity to make changes to their extended health, dental, vision, and semi-private hospital benefits coverage. At this time, employees may opt to change the level of … Read More

HRIS Updates regarding Personal Emergency Leave and Statutory Holiday Pay for Casuals

  Date: February 12, 2017 To: Business Officers (via AMS Listserv) From: Central Payroll Services & HRIS Support Team, Division of Human Resources & Equity The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (Bill 148) came into force on January 1, 2018. Effective February 12, 2018, the following resulting changes are now available in HRIS. Paid … Read More

Child Care Benefit online application available February 1, 2018

The 2017 Child Care Benefit (CCB) online application will be available on Employee Self-Service (ESS) starting February 1, 2018. About the Plan Who is eligible? Eligible faculty, librarians and staff with dependent children under the age of seven are eligible for reimbursement. If both parents are eligible for reimbursement, only one parent is entitled to … Read More

Testing UT ALERT System – Jan. 31

The University of Toronto will conduct a test of the UT ALERT mass communication system on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. A test message will be sent via email and text. You are encouraged to add your cell phone number to the UT ALERT system so that you receive alerts by text message. Please log in … Read More

Reminder & Extension: Participants needed to consult on U of T’s AODA Report and Plan

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Office at the University is in the process of drafting its AODA Report and Plan. The purpose of the report is to outline how the University continues to meets its obligations under the AODA over the coming years. As part of this work, the Office wishes to … Read More

Employment Standards in Ontario

The Employment Standards Act protects employees and sets minimum standards for most workplaces in Ontario. Learn more about your rights with this poster or at ontario.ca/employmentstandards ESA-Poster-revised January 2018  

The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act 2017 (aka Bill 148)

On November 27, 2017, Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (Bill 148) received Royal Assent, and is now law in the Province of Ontario. Bill 148 makes many changes to the workplace laws of Ontario. While some provisions came into effect immediately, others are coming into effect later. The University of Toronto is working … Read More

Thank you for joining us at the HR & Equity Divisional Retreat & Holiday Party!

On December 12, over 160 staff members from the Division of HR & Equity and the Divisional HR Office came together to celebrate 2017 and begin thinking about our mission, vision, and values for the years ahead. Over the next several months, consultations and work will continue to develop our mission, vision, and values and … Read More

Success of #DayofGiving pilot project inspires discussion on expansion in 2018

On November 1st, U of T’s Division of Human Resources & Equity and Food Services Department teamed up to raise money for U of T’s United Way Campaign. The plan for the #DayofGiving was that all proceeds from sales of Blue Dragon brewed coffee and teas from Food Services locations on that day would be … Read More

Why I give: A message from Vivek Goel, Vice-President, Research & Innovation

Since 1990 the gap between the rich and poor has increased in major cities across Canada. Last month, a report produced by the United Way of Toronto & York Region (The Opportunity Equation in the Greater Toronto Area) showed that neighbourhood income inequality and polarization is the worst in the Toronto region. The report’s findings … Read More

Changes to Employment Insurance (EI) Parental Leave in effect December 3, 2017

Recently, the Federal Government announced changes to Employment Insurance (EI) Special Benefits. The changes will affect new parents whose child is born or placed with them for adoption on or after December 3, 2017. While EI pregnancy benefits will remain at a maximum of 15 weeks, parents will be able to choose either the standard … Read More

U of T honoured as one of Canada’s top employers for individuals 40+

The University of Toronto has been named one of Canada’s top employers for individuals who are over 40 years of age. U of T was one of only ten organizations, and the only post-secondary institution to make the list. Find out what sets this year’s winners apart in what they offer for employees in the … Read More

T4 slips available through Employee Self-Service in February 2018

In late 2015, the University of Toronto launched an enhanced Employee Self-Service (ESS), which simplified the process for employees to view and print their T4 (tax) slips, as well as their annual pension and pay statements, in a more secure and convenient way. Since its launch, the resource has been well-received with the majority of … Read More

Why I give: A message from Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President & Provost

Every year, I look forward to the U of T United Way Campaign. This season of gratitude is an opportunity to reflect on the United Way’s life-changing activities and the collective impact we can all have on our local communities. United Way agencies play an important role in educating our students at U of T … Read More

U of T team undertakes second annual ‘Day of Community’

On November 9th, the University of Toronto’s Division of Human Resources & Equity held its second annual ‘Day of Community’. Inspired by the U of T United Way Campaign, staff from across the Division, as well as colleagues from divisional human resources offices, gathered over the lunch hour to decorate and fill gift bags for … Read More

Why I give: A message from Ulli Krull, Vice-President & Principal, University of Toronto Mississauga

I have been a supporter of the United Way since my teenage years when I realized how fortunate I was when so many of my neighbours were in need. That the University of Toronto is so highly motivated in its support of the United Way is a strong reflection of the social leadership that our … Read More

Goal setting deadline extended for PM, AP, Confidential, RA/SRA employee groups

The deadline for the 2017-2018 goal setting processes for all participating employee groups (Confidential, Professional & Managerial, Advancement Professional, Research Associates / Sr. Research Associates) has been extended to 5 p.m. on Friday, December 1. Employees in these groups who have not yet had a chance to submit their goals online are encouraged to discuss … Read More

U of T named one of Canada’s top employers for 11th year

The University of Toronto has once again been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. This is 11th time that U of T has made the list. In its 19th year, the national awards program highlights employers that offer “exceptional workplaces for their employees”. Winners were announced earlier today in Canada’s Top 100 online magazine, published … Read More

Why I give: A message from David Estok, Vice-President, Communications

For more than twenty-five years, in London, Hamilton, and now Toronto, I have been supporting the United Way. I do that because I have seen first-hand the work that the United Way does to help make all those communities better. In fact, contributing to the United Way ensures that your gift will help people and … Read More

Who’s True Blue?

The True Blue Award emerged from the most recent Speaking Up: Faculty & Staff Experience Survey. The results showed that feeling valued and recognized in the communities in which they work rated highly among employees. The True Blue Award complements the recognition programs already in existence at the University of Toronto (U of T) and provides staff and … Read More