Extended Canada Day Break

Over the last three months, we have seen the University of Guelph community rally and respond to an unprecedented situation. With a quick pivot in March, and in a matter of a week, we were able to shift to an alternative delivery format for courses and ensure that students could complete their winter term. This period also saw most of our staff and faculty move to working from home, balancing professional and family responsibilities.

Bill 124 Moderation Periods

On November 7, 2019, Bill 124: Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act, 2019, the Ontario government passed legislation to implement moderation measures in respect of compensation in Ontario’s public sector to curb compensation increases over a three (3) year period. The Act provides for a three (3) year window of salary moderation (a “moderation period”) and compensation restraint.

The Day of Mourning - April 28

The University of Guelph will lower its flags to half-mast at noon on Tuesday, April 28th to mark the Day of Mourning in Canada.

This is the 29th anniversary of the event, observed on April 28 each year to honour people who have died or been injured on the job. Once the flags are lowered to half-mast, they will remain so until night fall on Wednesday, April 29th.

A joint proclamation recognizing the day has been issued by U of G and the University’s employee groups.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, an on campus ceremony will not be held this year.

Remote Learning Opportunities Available

Our HR Learning & Development team is working diligently at identifying web-based learning workshops that can provide tools, resources and skills to meet a diversity of needs that have been identified as we all try to adapt to remote or challenging work conditions.

Homewood Health Update Regarding Telecommunications

Due to a significant increase in people working from home in recent days and using telecommunications more than usual, we have been alerted of congestion on the telecommuncation providers networks. As a result, callers may be experiencing difficulties reaching the Customer Service Centre for EFAP services. They may be a busy signal or message telling them their call can't go through. This situation is unrelated to the Homewood Health telephone system.

The following actions can be taken:

Laptop Ergonomics While Working Remotely

Working on a laptop for prolonged periods during the day can cause discomfort in several areas of your body depending on your position and the repetitiveness of the task. Here are a few tips to make your remote work location as comfortable as possible.

COVID-19 Homewood Health Resources

The University's EFAP provider, Homewood Health, has provided information relating to COVID-19, including fact sheets and general information. This can be found here.

If you, or a member of your family is in need of assistance during this time, Homewood is available 24/7 and can be reached at 1-800-663-1142

Nominate Someone Remarkable for a 2020 President’s Award for Exemplary Staff Service

Do you know someone who has consistently demonstrated a commitment to excellence and has exceeded the expectations of their normal employment responsibilities? Nominate that staff member for a 2020 President’s Award for Exemplary Staff Service. Employees selected receive $2,000* and are recognized during an annual community event. Teams share the cash prize.

University, CUPE 1334 Reach Tentative Agreement

The University of Guelph and CUPE 1334, the union that represents 240 trades, custodial and maintenance workers on campus, have reached a tentative agreement. It now requires ratification by both parties.

The University and CUPE 1334 released the following joint statement:

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