Agreement to Fully Operationalize Long-Service Pay

December 15, 2023
BCNU and HEABC agree to remove 10-year limitation and extend application deadline

BCNU is pleased to announce that a joint collaborative agreement between the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) and the Nurses’ Bargaining Association (NBA) has been reached with regards to long-service pay rates (also known as “Add Pay”).

The parties have agreed to:

  • Remove the 10-year limitation to allow members who were hired prior to 2013 to be eligible to apply for Add Pay.
  • Extend the original Dec. 31, 2023 add pay application deadline to Feb. 29, 2024 for members to apply for Add Pay. No applications will be accepted after Feb. 29, 2024.
  • Extend the deadline for employers to review and make determinations to June 30, 2024.
  • A single provincial attestation form for members who have incomplete or no documentation, or for whom it would be an unreasonable hardship to attain these documents. Employers will provide the form or a link to all nurses.

BCNU’s Add Pay Application Eligibility form on the BCNU Member Portal will no longer be required. Members who have completed the form will receive a follow-up email from the union to advise them of next steps.

Employers have agreed to review applications that have already been denied and will be reminding nurses of the deadline and providing links to the application form.

The Add Pay Denial Appeals form remains available on the BCNU Member Portal for members whose applications have been denied, or who disagree with their employer’s rationale for the denial and would like to appeal the decision.

Both HEABC and the NBA are committed to working to operationalize add pay, recognizing the intent of both parties during bargaining to establish long-service pay rates as an important recruitment and retention strategy.

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