THE AJC FILES A POLICY GRIEVANCE FOLLOWING DOJ'S INCORPORATION OF MINIMUM HOURS TARGETS IN PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT AGREEMENTS (PMA) :: Association of Justice Counsel News
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April 27th, 2015
April 27th, 2015
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THE AJC FILES A POLICY GRIEVANCE FOLLOWING DOJ'S INCORPORATION OF MINIMUM HOURS TARGETS IN PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT AGREEMENTS (PMA)

This recent mandatory inclusion of this new performance objective on federal lawyers is occurring in the middle of a statutory freeze period

The issue of minimum targets (often referred to as 'billable targets') and their use to evaluate performance of AJC members has been the cause of much concern for our members.  

As part of its performance management initiative, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has started implementing a minimum target requirement of at least 1400 hours of legal work for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The fiscal year runs from April 1 to March 31.  

In its policy grievance which was filed on April 17, the AJC claims that imposing such a target on LPs is unreasonable and arbitrary having regard to federal lawyers' rights in relation to hours of work, leave and no discrimination entitlements.  

This recent mandatory inclusion of this new performance objective on federal lawyers is occurring in the middle of a statutory freeze period, the period during which the employer is prohibited from unilaterally changes terms and conditions of employment.  

We are, among other things, declaring that this target is unreasonable and are seeking a withdrawal of all reference to minimum legal work hour targets in LP's PMAs.

We will keep you posted on any further developments on this grievance and any other recourse we may decide to pursue.

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