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HSAS & Canadian Blood Services: March 1, 2017 to March 31, 2022

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ARTICLE 19 – BENEFIT PLAN

19.01     Regular full time Employees, and regular part time Employees hired to work 18.75 hours per week or greater, shall be eligible to participate in the Benefit Plans outlined in this Article.

19.02     Eligibility for regular part time Employees hired to work less than 18.75 hours per week shall be reviewed effective December 31 and June 30 of each year. A regular part time Employee, who has been employed throughout the full review period (i.e. January 1 to June 30,) or July 1 to December 30 and has been scheduled to work an average of18.75 hours per week or greater, shall be eligible to participate in the Benefit Plans. Such eligibility shall be determined again following the next review period.

19.03     Temporary employees shall enroll subject to the above after one (1) year of service.

19.04     Major Medical Health Plan

(a)     The Employer shall provide and maintain an Extended Health Care Plan for all eligible regular full-time employees and regular part time employees. Such plan shall provide at least as much coverage and as good coverage as the plan in effect on the date of signing this collective agreement and no changes shall be made which would lessen coverage or decrease benefits without the consent of the Union in writing.

(b)     All eligible employees must enroll in the Extended Health Care Plan in accordance with plan enrolment criteria. An employee may opt out of the plan only if their spouse has equal or better coverage through their employment plan upon providing proof of the employee’s coverage under that plan. A regular part-time employee may opt out of the plan if they have equal or better coverage with another employer.

(c)    The Employer shall pay one hundred percent (100%) of the premium cost for each participating employee.

19.05     Group Dental Plan

(a)     The Employer shall provide and maintain a Dental Plan(s) for all eligible regular full-time employees and regular part time employees. Such plan shall provide at least as much coverage and as good coverage as the plan in effect on the date of signing this collective agreement and no changes shall be made which would lessen coverage or decrease benefits without the consent of the Union in writing.

(b)     All eligible employees must enroll in the Dental Plan in accordance with plan enrolment criteria. An employee may opt out of this plan only if their spouse has equal or better coverage through their employment upon providing proof of the employee’s coverage under that plan. A regular part-time employee may opt out of the plan if they have equal or better coverage with another employer.

(c)     The Employer shall pay sixty-six and two thirds percent (66 2/3%) of the premium cost for each participating employee and the employee shall pay the remaining thirty-three and one third percent (33 1/3%) of the premium.

19.06     Group Insurance Plan

(a)     All eligible employees must enroll in the Employer’s Group Life Insurance Plan in accordance with the provisions and requirements of these plans.

(b)     The Employee shall pay one hundred percent (100%) of the cost of life insurance premiums.

19.07     Long Term Disability Plan

(a)     All eligible employees must enroll in the Employer’s Long-Term Disability Plan, in accordance with the provisions and requirements of these plans.

(b)     The Employer shall pay sixty-six and two thirds percent (66 2/3%) of the premium cost for the long-Term Disability Plan and the employee shall pay the remaining thirty-three and one-third percent (33 1/3%) of the premium.

19.08     Accidental Death and Dismemberment Plan

(a)     All eligible employees must enroll in the Employer’s Accidental Death and Dismemberment Plan, in accordance with the provisions and requirements of this plan.

(b)     The Employer shall pay one hundred percent (100%) of the premium cost for the Accidental
Death and Dismemberment Plan.

19.09     The benefit contracts applicable to HSAS members shall be made available to the Union.

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