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New Wage Grids Released

Updated wage grids that incorporate the recently announced Economic Stability Dividend (ESD) and general wage increase are now available.

As members are likely aware, the Minister of Finance recently announced the ESD, which amounts to a 0.35% wage increase for employees covered by collective agreements settled under the government’s Economic Stability Mandate. Both the ESD and 1.0% general wage increase are effective February 1, 2017. Employees receiving the Dividend include those working in bargaining unit positions and excluded employees working in positions deemed union equivalent. 

For further information or questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .…

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CSSEA and CSSBA Joint Committee Update

Compensation Comparability and Classification Anomaly Wage Increases

The CSSEA and CSSBA Committee has been working jointly to determine necessary wage adjustments, which are scheduled for April 1, 2017 and April 1, 2018. The wage grids for 2017, including the Economic Stability Dividend and General Wage Increase, will be released shortly.

The committee reviewed all 62 benchmarks and agreed to the following revisions.

Revised Benchmarks * There are no changes to the grid levels
• Accountant – Minor revisions to qualifications.
• Community Support Worker – Slight language changes were made.
• Secretary, Reception/General Office Clerk, Administrative Assistant and Administrative Supervisor – These positions have been renamed Administrative Assistant 1, 2, 3 and 4, respectively. Language in the benchmarks have also been slightly revised and modernized.
• Occupational Therapist – Updates to qualifications were made.
• Physiotherapist – Updates to qualifications were made.
• Residence Nurse –This position has been renamed Nurse and some modernization and revisions were made to duties, responsibilities and qualifications.
• Behavioural Therapist – Title change to Behaviour Consultant…

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Social Services Employees to Continue to Share in BC Economic Growth

The BC Ministry of Finance announced this morning that employees covered by agreements settled under the government’s Economic Stability Mandate — including those who work in the social services sector — will soon be receiving a second wage increase.

The increase stems from the Economic Stability Dividend included in the 2014-2019 collective agreements, which allow for ongoing general wage increases when the provincial Gross Domestic Product (GDP) exceeds Economic Forecast Council (EFC) projections. The wage increase is calculated based on 50% of the positive difference between the EFC forecast for real GDP growth and the provincial GDP data tabulated by Statistics Canada.
A pay increase of 0.35% will be applied to the paycheques of eligible employees in February 2017. CSSEA is currently calculating the increases and will distribute new wage grids when they are finalized.

For more information please contact Eric Peraro at 604.601.3104, toll free 1.800.377.3340 (ext. 104) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .…

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Change in CSSEA's WorkSafeBC Reviews and Appeals Process

CSSEA’s process for WorkSafeBC claims, reviews and appeals is changing. Moving forward, agencies are required to contact the Employers’ Advisers Office (EAO) directly and send copies of the appeal to their CSSEA Consultant. In addition, the employee should be referred to CSSEIP if it is likely the employee will be away from work for five or more days.

Background Information
The EAO is an organization independent of WorkSafeBC that provides no charge advice, representation and education related to the workers’ compensation system.

As employers are no doubt aware, WorkSafeBC claims can have a significant cost to your organization, so it is necessary to take all workplace incidents and accidents seriously. To that end, you must be aware of all safety incidents that occur in your workplace so you can strive to prevent them in the future.…

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Final Days to Register for CSSEA AGM and Conference

CSSEA’s 2016 AGM and Conference, "Creating Opportunities, Building Connections,” is now just one week away! If you still planning on attending and have not yet registered, please do so before the closing date of Friday, October 14.

Find Us on Twitter

Keep track of conference highlights by following us on Twitter @CSSEABC. We will be live tweeting from the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre October 18-20 and invite everyone to join the conversation by tweeting us using hashtags #CSSEA2016 and #CSSEABC. Delegates will also have the opportunity to win prizes by sharing their conference photos.

We look forward to having all members share in our upcoming event.…

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2016 Annual Report Released

CSSEA’s 2016 Annual Report, containing excerpted highlights from our approved audited financial statements, is now available on the website. We would once again like to thank members who contributed the photos featured throughout the report.

If you have any questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Manager of Communications.…

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Conference Speaker Presentations Now Available

With just three weeks to go until CSSEA’s 2016 AGM and Conference, “Creating Opportunities, Building Connections,” we are excited to share available speaker presentations. Attendees are encouraged to preview and download the presentations so they can maximize their day-of learning experiences.

For those who haven’t yet registered for the conference, there is still time to do so. Full event details, including a link to online registration, can be found on the conference website. Register now, as some sessions are already full.

We look forward to hosting all delegates October 18-20 at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre!

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Final Days to Secure Discounted Conference Hotel Rate

If you plan on attending CSSEA’s 2016 AGM and Conference, “Creating Opportunities, Building Connections,” taking place October 18-20 at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, now is the time to reserve your accommodations.

CSSEA’s negotiated special conference rate of $175 per night for a standard room has been extended to 5:00 pm on Monday, September 26. After that date, rates and availability will not be guaranteed.

We look forward to welcoming all delegates to Vancouver for what is sure to be an informative and impactful two days of learning and networking. Full event details can be found on our conference website, including links to the Program Schedule, Speaker Biographies and Online Registration. Register now as spaces are filling up!

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Register Now for Rate Consultation Webinar

Registration has opened for the WorkSafeBC Rate Consultation Webinar, co-hosted by CSSEA and WorkSafeBC. The webinar will take place on September 20th from 10 am to noon and will provide employers with an update on the preliminary 2017 classification rates that have been proposed for the community social services sector. It will also present background information and data on how the sector is performing and provide information on WorkSafeBC resources that are available to support employers.

Register for the complimentary session through CSSEA’s website. Those wishing to attend in person can also do so by selecting that option on the registration page.

If you have any questions, please contact Satvinder Basran, Project Manager, WorkSafeBC Initiative, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone at: 604.601.3127 or toll-free at 1.800.377.3340 ext. 127.…

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What You Need to Know About the New Societies Act

Last spring, the provincial government passed the Societies Act, which will govern how not-for-profit organizations are created and governed in BC. It significantly updates the 1977 Act to allow for more flexibility and efficiency, while still protecting the public interest. The new legislation will come into effect on November 28, 2016.

The new Societies Act affects publicly-funded societies and will therefore affect the majority of CSSEA members. Publicly funded societies, such as charities or other organizations that receive significant public funding, will be subject to several new accountability measures. These include requiring that the majority of board directors not be employees or contractors of the society and the public disclosure of directors’ compensations. This distinguishes between member-funded societies, such as sports clubs and professional organizations, which will be exempt from these requirements.

The Act provides societies with the flexibility to create governing bylaws based on their unique characteristics and the needs of the communities they serve, and enables them to file documents electronically with the Corporate Registry.…

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2015 Employee Turnover Report Now Available

We are pleased to present the 2015 Employee Turnover Report.

The report and one-page highlights document are available for download from the Social Services Workforce Information System (WFIS), under CSSEA Publications.

The information contained in this report was compiled from data collected through the 2015 Compensation and Employee Turnover Survey. We would like to thank you for your participation in the survey, which enabled us to produce this and many other valuable reports.…

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