UBC Announces Performance-Based Merit Pay


A memo regarding the performance-based merit pay program was released by UBC HR on June 3, 2015 to Deans, Department Heads, Directors, and Administrators. 

To view the memo, please visit: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/compensation/files/2015-Merit-Memo_Final_2015-06-03.pdf.

If you are a manager or professional who is eligible for merit pay, it is important that you review the memo and have a clear understanding of the program and the eligibility criteria for this year.

You can obtain more information regarding the criteria and implementation process at on the UBC HR website on the merit pay increases page.

Members are encouraged to review Article 6—Evaluation of AAPS Collective Agreement. Article 6 recognizes “that all employees have a right to fair and equitable treatment, including feedback on their work performance and effectiveness”.

Specifically, Article 6.2 and Article 6.3 identify the performance problem resolution process and ensure “that employees have a platform to discuss performance problems with a view to satisfactory resolution at the unit level”.

Should performance reviews “contain detrimental comments regarding conduct or competence which the employee believes to be unjustified,” the employee can follow the internal steps as outlined in Article 6.3 to resolve the issue. Additionally, an employee may be accompanied by an AAPS representative at any of these steps.

Please note that General Wage Increases (GWI) is distinct from merit and performance-based pay. The first in the series of GWIs on July 1, 2015 will not preclude you from merit pay or impact the amount of merit you will receive.

The AAPS Office is always available to answer questions on merit increases or discuss other workplace issues.