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New Joint Learning Program workshop on mental health in the workplace

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The Joint Learning Program (JLP) announces that a new workshop on Mental Health in the Workplace is now available to union members and their managers of the core public administration.

• Request a workshop in your workplace

This workshop reflects the joint commitment of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and the other participating unions to build awareness about mental health. It recognizes that inclusive and healthy workplaces require proactive approaches that engage all members of the workforce. This workshop is one of seven joint learning initiatives to improve workplace relations.

The purpose of this two-day workshop is to raise awareness about mental health in the workplace and to equip individual employees with the knowledge and skills they need to proactively and effectively support a psychologically safe and healthy workplace.

A one-day agenda is also available. The purpose of this one-day workshop is to raise awareness about mental health in the workplace and the factors required to effectively support a psychologically safe and healthy workplace

 

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Leave with Income Averaging (Special Working Arrangement)

There are times when an employee needs a few weeks (up to 3 months) in order to deal with a life situation. The Public Service Alliance of Canada recognizes the possibility of that need, and the following Leave With Pay (Income Averaging) may be helpful:

http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/remuneration-compensation/paye-centre-pay/vie-life/cer-lia-eng.html

http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/pol/doc-eng.aspx?id=15774&section=text#appD

This option will mean a reduced salary but not an elimination of salary and may prove very useful .

 

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Payment in Arrears (Q&A)

http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/remuneration-compensation/paye-centre-pay/arr-questions-eng.html

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Message from the President

The Public Service Commission of Canada includes an investigations unit and the following website links will describe the functions that are performed therein:

http://www.psc-cfp.gc.ca/inv-enq/index-eng.htm

Example of founded complaint:  Plagiarism

http://www.psc-cfp.gc.ca/inv-enq/sum-res/sec-art69/10-11-03-eng.htm

The plagiarism allegation that was founded is important because it is common for an examination candidate to copy and paste from a website that says exactly the answer that the potential Employer may be seeking.  In some circumstances, that may be allowable but read the pre-exam instructions clearly and, when in doubt, at a minimum, quote the source of the information that you provide and make it clear that you are not the author and that you are quoting an internet article – include the link.  Leave no opening for anyone to accuse you of plagiarism (claiming another author’s work as your own).  Continue reading

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Disability Insurance and Medical Retirement

The following website links will provide you with the information you need in order to be well informed about disability insurance and medical retirement:

http://www.pensionetavantages-pensionandbenefits.gc.ca/act/evnvie-lfevnt/invldt-dsblt-eng.html

If you become disabled, and your claim is approved by the insurer, your monthly benefits will equal 70% of your insured annual salary. Benefits under DI or LTD begin once you have used up all your sick leave and provided that you have met a minimum waiting period of 13 weeks. Benefits continue for as long as you meet the test of total disability under the plan. If you are permanently disabled, your DI or LTD benefits will continue until you reach age 65.  Continue reading

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Disability Insurance – what you need to know!

http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/hr-rh/bp-rasp/benefits-avantages/dip-rai/dis-eng.asp

“Disability Insurance (DI) Benefits”/ “Who is eligible to receive DI benefits?”

According to the plan, you are eligible to receive benefits for up to 24 months if you become totally disabled (i.e., you are in a continuous state of incapacity due to illness or injury and are prevented from performing the duties of your regular occupation).

The 90-day elimination period does not mean that your claim will be approved in 90 days – that is the elimination period that must pass before your claim is considered “active.” This means you will not be covered by Disability Insurance for the first 90 days, and may or may not be covered thereafter. Continue reading

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Information for Members on the Performance Management Initiative: A Local Perspective

Performance Management Program – What is it?

The Performance Management initiative has been advertised as a tool for managers to use in order to establish realistic expectations for employees – expectations that are to be defined, measurable and achievable. Continue reading

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Message from the President of Local 70713, Rotha Lennox Canada’s Working Class

I wanted to share with our members a recent article featured in the Ottawa Citizen that talks about Canada’s working class. The author shares his thoughts about the Temporary Foreign Workers program in Canada and its implications for the Canadian working class.  Continue reading

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Bill C-4: What does this mean for unions and workplace health and safety?

The government recently tabled Bill C-4, the “2013 Budget Implementation Act, Part 2.” Bill C-4 weakens collective bargaining rights in the federal public service and has implications for the health and safety of workers under federal jurisdiction. Continue reading

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Message from the President, Local 70713

As President of Local 70713, I am pleased to be able to share with our members a letter of thanks that was sent to our National President (of the Union of Environment Workers – UEW) Mr. Todd Panas.  Even though this is a story about a member from another Local, her story is worth sharing as it is a great example of the kind of service and support being provided by our National UEW President, the National UEW office, and at all other levels of representation.  I think it is important that we communicate the benefits of union membership and for members to know the kind of support that is being provided. Continue reading

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