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Purchase of Employment Standards Act (ESA) Leaves

Effective May 1, 2020, an employee on an Employment Standards Act (ESA) leave has the option to make continuous pension contributions monthly throughout their leave.   Please visit Purchase of Service or the Public Service Pension Plan website for more information.

Annual Enrolment: Optional Life Insurance for BU Employees

It's time for the annual Bargaining Unit Optional Life Insurance enrolment period. 

As of February 17, 2020, you can apply for coverage or apply for an increase in coverage for Optional Life Insurance benefits options until 7:00 PM on March 13, 2020 to be effective April 1, 2020. This annual enrolment period takes place every February/March and is the only opportunity to update your Optional Life Insurance coverage options outside of requesting changes after an eligible life event.  

The Optional Life Insurance coverage options available include:

  • Optional Family Funeral Benefit (formerly called Optional Spouse & Dependant Life Insurance)
  • Optional Life Insurance for Employee, Spouse & Dependent Children
  • Optional Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance for Employee, Spouse & Dependent Children

Coverage that doesn't require evidence of insurability will be effective on April 1, 2020. For applications requiring evidence of insurability, coverage will be effective once approved by Canada Life.

If you don’t make any changes during the annual enrolment period, your Optional Life Insurance coverage will remain unchanged.

What To Do

  • Explore your coverage options in the Benefits at a Glance and the Life Insurance Plans sections on the Benefits for Bargaining Unit Employees page on MyHR.
  • Review your current coverage on Employee Self Service by clicking on Benefits Summary. You can:
  1. Access Employee Self Service from work.
  2. Access Employee Self Service from home.
  • Update your coverage on Employee Self Service by selecting Benefits Summary > Optional Life Insurance (or through the navigator by selecting Self Service) > Benefits > Optional Life Insurance.
  • Once you have completed the form, save and submit. You'll receive an email with a service request number.
  • If you're applying or increasing Optional Life Insurance coverage for yourself or for your spouse, you'll need to complete and submit an Evidence of Insurability form to Canada Life.

If you have any further questions, please contact MyHR.

New Claim Notifications & Digital Explanation of Benefits

Canada Life has made three updates on how you can receive information about your claims.

  1. New claim notifications.
    You’ll now be notified by text or email, instead of through the mail, when you get a prescription filled using your pay-direct drug card or when your health care provider submits a claim for you. These notifications will help you know when a claim has been made on your plan and serve as an additional layer of protection against potential fraud.
  2. Get your explanation of benefits online.
    You’ll now receive your explanation of benefits online through GroupNet for Plan Members when you get a prescription filled using your pay-direct drug card. This will replace the paper version you usually get in the mail and assist you with getting your information faster. If you haven’t signed up for electronic details through GroupNet for Plan Members, you'll continue to receive a paper copy.
  3. Find out how much you’ll be covered for dental work while you're at the dentist.
    When you require dental work, your dentist can submit a request for an estimate of coverage to Canada Life and receive a response back while you wait. You no longer need to wait to get a paper copy in the mail.

You can log in to GroupNet for Plan Members to view your full claims history and get more information about your coverage and balances.

You can also contact Canada Life at 1-855-644-0538.

MSP Transition

Medical Services Plan (MSP) premiums are being eliminated on January 1, 2020. The BC Public Service will cease administrating its MSP group plan for all employees. There will changes to how employee health care is managed; however, there will be NO changes to health care coverage.

IMPORTANT: You must verify your personal information before December 31, 2019.

Employees will be automatically set up on self-administered MSP accounts. Self-administered accounts are managed directly with Health Insurance BC (HIBC). See End of Group Plan Coverage for more information.

You can review and update your address on the Employee Self Service page. Visit the “Benefits Summary” page to review your dependent information. If your name or dependent information is incorrect, you should submit an MSP Group Change Request Form through an AskMyHR services request.

For more information on the Medical Services Plan, visit the MSP page.

To learn more about the MSP transition, visit the @Work article.

Great-West Life Name Change

Effective April 3, 2019, Great-West Life has announced that their three companies, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life, will be coming together under one brand—Canada Life.
There is no change to your benefits. No action is required by you. You can continue to use your benefits card as you always have, and you can still submit claims on GroupNet for Plan Members with the same login. There will be a transition period to the new Canada Life brand, so you'll continue to see the Great-West Life logo until the change is complete. 

Changes to Extended Health & Group Life Insurance Plans

Effective April 1, 2019, as a result of the new Collective Agreement, changes to your extended health and group life insurance plans are taking effect. Details of these changes, along with FAQs and instructions on what you need to do, can be found on the Bargaining Implementation FAQs page, and in the Bargaining Unit Benefits article posted on @Work.

January 24, 2019: Updates to Your Benefits Content

The Benefits content on MyHR has recently been updated for your convenience. All content previously found in the benefits guides can now be found on MyHR. Be sure to update your bookmarks—much of the content has been combined into single locations.