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December 5, 2016

On November 4, 2016, pursuant to section 42 of the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board Act, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement tabled the 2015-2016 annual reports for the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board (PSLREB) and the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act (PESRA).

The PSLREB Annual Report is available on its website at http://pslreb-crtefp.gc.ca/about/reports/2015-2016/PSLREB/documents/PSLREB_Annual_Report_2015-2016-eng.pdf and the PESRA Annual Report at http://pslreb-crtefp.gc.ca/about/reports/2015-2016/PSLREB/documents/PSLREB-PESRA_Annual_Report_2015-2016-eng.pdf.

November 24, 2016

The Dispute Resolution Services is offering new dates for its Interest-Based Negotiations and Mediation Training (English and French). Please go to the following link for more detail.

Interest-Based Negotiation and Mediation Training (Labour Relations)

November 3, 2016

Holiday Period (2016-2017)

The Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board (the Board) will suspend all timeframes for complaints, grievances and board matters between December 23, 2016, and January 3, 2017, inclusively. In other words, the days during the holiday period will NOT count for the purpose of calculating deadlines. The calculation of time limits will resume on January 4, 2017.

The following examples illustrate how to calculate timeframes during the holiday period:

Example 1

The complainant’s allegations involving a staffing complaint are received on December 9, 2016, thus triggering the 15-day period for the deputy head’s reply. Since day 13 of the 15-day period is December 22nd, day 14 would fall on the day following the holiday period, January 4, 2017. Therefore, the deputy head’s reply would be due on January 5, 2017 (day 15).

December 2016
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
          9
10
Day 1
11
Day 2
12
Day 3
13
Day 4
14
Day 5
15
Day 6
16
Day 7
17
Day 8
18
Day 9
19
Day 10
20
Day 11
21
Day 12
22
Day 13
23
X
24
X
25
X
26
X
27
X
28
X
29
X
30
X
31
X
January 2017
1
X
2
X
3
X
4
Day 14
5
Day 15
   

Example 2

A notice of a reference to adjudication is acknowledged on December 15, 2016, triggering the 15-day period for the respondent’s reply. Since day 7 is December 22nd, day 8 would fall on the day following the holiday period, January 4, 2017. Therefore, the respondent’s response would be due on January 11, 2017 (day 15).

December 2016
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
        15
16
Day 1
17
Day 2
18
Day 3
19
Day 4
20
Day 5
21
Day 6
22
Day 7
23
X
24
X
25
X
26
X
27
X
28
X
29
X
30
X
31
X
January 2017
1
X
2
X
3
X
4
Day 8
5
Day 9
6
Day 10
7
Day 11
8
Day 12
9
Day 13
10
Day 14
11
Day 15
     

May 17, 2016

On January 16, 2015, in Mounted Police Association of Ontario v. Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 1, the Supreme Court of Canada found at para. 158 that key parts of the then current RCMP labour relations regime were unconstitutional under subsection 2(d) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms:


. . . Paragraph (d) of the definition of "employee" in s. 2(1) of the PSLRA is of no force or effect pursuant to s. 52 of the Constitution Act, 1982. We suspend the declaration of invalidity for a period of 12 months.


The 12-month suspension was extended by an extra 4 months, which expired on May 16, 2016. As of May 17, 2016, "…a person who is a member or special constable of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police or who is employed by that force under terms and conditions substantially the same as those of one of its members" is an employee for the purposes of the Public Service Labour Relations Act.

If you want to learn more about labour relations, grievances and complaints please refer to PSLREB's Labour Relations Services and Fact Sheets sections on our web site.

The PSLREB is committed to resolving labour relations issues in an impartial manner.