Cathie Fraser, President

NEWS ARCHIVES

Health Canada’s Public Service Occupational Health Program (PSOHP) circulated a general Occupational Health Advisory regarding novel coronavirus last week.  This general advisory provides information on novel coronavirus and recommends general precautions for employees such as: frequent hand hygiene, proper cough and sneeze etiquette, and self-monitoring for symptoms.  This general advisory has not changed and is attached.

Given the wide variety of federal work settings, PSOHP is developing supplemental advice for a few specific workplace situations. See Annex A (pages 4 – 5) for recommendations specifically for federal employees at airports who are interacting with travelers.

PSOHP will update this occupational health advice as required with any new information about the virus.

Other specific Annexes are expected to follow.

Please contact PSOHP if you have any questions or concerns.

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News release

November 29, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario – Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

The Government remains determined to address the impacts that the implementation of the Phoenix pay system has had on public servants.

Today, as part of its implementation of the agreement on damages caused by Phoenix, the Government launched a process by which former employees can request the general compensation for damages, which is a payment equivalent to the leave credited to current employees. This is part of the joint agreement co-developed with federal public service unions in June, 2019 to compensate more than 140,000 current and former employees. …

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Further to the email of December 10, 2019 regarding the payment of the $400 lump sum:

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has informed the NRC that it has resolved the issues associated with the payment of the $400 lump sum negotiated as part of the new collective agreements.  …

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Please be advised that that Public Service Procurement Canada (PSPC) processed the $400 lump sum payment to appear on the pay of December 11, 2019.  This payment was part of recently concluded collective agreements.

A number of errors have been identified with this payment. Our compensation services team is actively working with PSPC to resolve these issues.  Please do not reach out to compensation services at this time as their efforts are focused on rectifying the issues.

NRC will provide updates on this matter shortly. In the meantime we appreciate your patience.

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