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Conversion to a pay in arrears system

On May 27th, 2013,  the AJC was informed for the first time of the federal government's decision to implement a change in the pay cycle that would result in a conversion to a pay in arrears system.  Payment in arrears for employees on a bi-weekly pay cycle occurs when the hours of work are completed first and the payment is made two weeks later.  As such, in order to effect the implementation of this decision, we expect that members will be paid for the ten days worked (from a Thursday to a Wednesday) that precede their actual pay day.  As it now stands, most federal employees are paid on a ”current” basis, meaning that they are paid for the ten days just worked including Wednesday, their actual pay day.  

Public Works and Government Services Canada (”PWGSC”) intends to recover the two-week advance payment from each employee over twenty-five pay periods starting January 29, 2014.  Accordingly, employees would be receiving smaller cheques for all but their first pay during 2014, with a resulting reduction in taxable income for 2014 equivalent to two-weeks' pay.  Full regular pay, i.e. without recovery, would resume in January 2015. Upon the cessation of employment from the federal organization (retirement or resignation), the departing employee would receive his or her final two-week pay. New employees would be placed directly on a pay in arrears system and informed as to when to expect their first pay.  

Since being informed of this decision to convert to a pay in arrears system, the AJC along with fellow bargaining agents have requested that PWGSC reopen the discussion in order to allow us to conduct an analysis and propose solutions on how best to lessen the financial burden on our members. For reference, we sought out and obtained from PWGSC a chart outlining the financial impact on a member at the LA2A level, at the top of his/her level:

Group    Typical Pay (Gross) 2013                Typical Pay with Recovery (Gross) 2014    Estimated Bi-Weekly Recovery Payment
              $5285.42                                                          $5074.00                                                                         $211.42

This recent announcement came as a great shock.  In November, 2012, following some inquiries, Bargaining Agent leaders were told verbally and then in writing that there were no plans in the works to move employees to a ”pay in arrears” system.  TB, in our view, has demonstrated a lack of good faith in their dealings with the Bargaining Agents and has failed to consult with us in any meaningful way before making their decision to convert to a pay in arrears system.

As with other recent TB announcements involving the public service,  the timing of this initiative is questionable with little being said on how the anticipated $9 billion in cash it will recover from employees' paycheques in 2014 will be utilized and reported.

The AJC will keep  you informed of the outcome of these anticipated exchanges.
June 20th, 2013

L'AJJ appuie les membres de l'APASE -

 Les agents du Service extérieur canadien ont commencé à employer des moyens de pression la semaine dernière après que leur association de 1 500 membres ait déclaré qu'elle était dans une position légale de faire la grève.

Les membres de l'Association professionnelle des agents du Service extérieur (APASE) sont sans contrat depuis la mi-2011.
April 12th, 2013

AJC Supports PAFSO Job Action -

 Canada's Foreign Service officers began job action last week after their 1,500-member union declared it was in a legal strike position.

The Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO), which includes more than 600 Canadian diplomats in overseas missions, has been without a contract since mid-2011.
April 12th, 2013

Le Secrétariat du Conseil du Trésor fournit des directives aux ministères et aux agences sur la façon de mettre en oeuvre les dispositions d'indemnité de départ des LAs -

 Le Secrétariat du Conseil du Trésor (SCT) a maintenant confirmé qu'il a fourni des directives sur la façon de mettre en oeuvre les dispositions d'indemnité de départ.
April 10th, 2013

Pourquoi vous devriez participer à l'assemblée générale de l'AJJ le 2 avril prochain ! -

 Les douze derniers mois ont été fertiles en événements pour les LAs à l'emploi de la fonction publique, incluant la signature d'une nouvelle convention collective, mais le désir de ce gouvernement de sabrer dans vos conditions de travail demeure présent plus que jamais.
April 10th, 2013

Why You Should Participate in AJC's April 2 Annual General Meeting! -

 The last twelve months were fertile in events for LAs in the federal public service, including the signature of a new collective agreement but the desire of the Government to slash your working conditions remains more than ever.
April 10th, 2013

Assemblée générale annuelle de l'AJJ -

 L'AJJ a besoin de VOUS pour atteindre le quorum à son Assemblée générale annuelle qui se tient CE SOIR à l'hôtel Albert at Bay à Ottawa, salle de réunion « Saisons », à 19:00, heure avancée de l'est. Maintenant incorporée en vertu de la Loi canadienne sur les organisations à but non lucratif, l'AJJ doit rencontrer certaines obligations statutaires.
April 10th, 2013

AJC Annual General Meeting -

 The AJC needs YOU to reach quorum at its Annual General Meeting which is being held TONIGHT at the Albert at Bay hotel in Ottawa, ”Seasons” meeting room, at 19:00, daylight saving time.  Now registered under the Canada not for Profit Corporations Act, the AJC has statutory compliance requirements.
April 10th, 2013

TBS Provides Instructions to Departments and Agencies on How to Implement the Severance Pay Provisions for LAs -

 Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) has now confirmed having provided instructions to heads of Human Resources and Chiefs of Labour Relations and Compensation on how to implement the severance pay provisions.
April 10th, 2013

Le Conseil du trésor appliquera des lignes directrices uniformes pour l'évaluation du rendement de tous nos LAs -

 L'AJJ a conclu un accord avec le Conseil du trésor portant sur les lignes directrices applicables aux versements forfaitaires prévus au Programme d'examen du rendement et d'évaluation de l'employé (EREE).
April 10th, 2013

Treasury Board Implements Standard Performance Review Guidelines for All our LAs -

 The AJC has successfully reached an agreement with Treasury Board concerning Performance Review and Employee Appraisal (PREA) guidelines for lump sum awards.  Starting in 2013, all departments and agencies will adopt a similar practice for all AJC members.
April 10th, 2013

Amended Acknowledgement Forms to be Issued -

 Further to our communique of March 21st, the AJC is pleased to confirm that Justice Canada has agreed to amend the acknowledgement form related to the new Code of Values and Ethics.
April 10th, 2013

Un formulaire de reconnaissance modifié sera distribué -

 Pour faire suite à notre communiqué du 21 mars, l'AJJ confirme que le ministère de la Justice (MJ) a accepté de modifier le formulaire de reconnaissance concernant le nouveau Code de valeurs et d'éthique.
April 10th, 2013

Assemblée générale annuelle de l´AJJ -

 Ceci est un rappel que la deuxième Assemblée générale annuelle (AGA) de l´Association des Juristes de Justice se tiendra à l´Hôtel Albert at Bay, Salon « Seasons » le mardi 2 avril 2013 à 19 h, heure avancée de l´est. L´inscription commencera à 18 h 00. Veuillez arriver tôt afin de vous inscrire à temps pour le début de l´AGA.
March 23rd, 2013

AJC Annual General Meeting -

 This is a reminder that the second Annual General Meeting (”AGM”) of the Association of Justice Counsel will be held at the Albert at Bay hotel in Ottawa, ”Seasons” meeting room, on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 19:00, daylight saving time. Registration starts at 6pm. Please arrive early in order to register in time for the beginning of the AGM.
March 23rd, 2013

DOJ's New Code of Values and Ethics: What You Need to Know Before You Sign DOJ's Acknowledgement Form -

 Last week, the AJC was notified that DOJ issued an Acknowledgement Form for all LAs to sign in relation to the new Code of Values and Ethics (”new Code”).   The AJC is taking issue with the wording of the form which was originally provided by Treasury Board.
March 21st, 2013

Nouveau code de valeurs et de l'éthique du MJ: ce que vous devez savoir avant de signer le formulaire -

 La semaine dernière, l'AJJ a été informé que le ministère de la Justice (MJ) a distribué un formulaire de reconnaissance du nouveau code de valeurs et de l'éthique (nouveau code) à tous les LAs leur priant de le remplir. L'AJJ conteste le libellé de ce formulaire.
March 21st, 2013

Collective Agreement Implemented on March 12, 2013 -

 The AJC was informed late yesterday that the new collective agreement has been finalized and will have an implementation date of March 12, 2013.
March 14th, 2013

Le processus de mise en oeuvre de la convention collective a débuté le 12 mars 2013 -

 L'AJJ a été informée tard hier que la nouvelle convention collective est finalisée et que le processus de mise en oeuvre a commencé le 12 mars 2013.
March 14th, 2013

Retard, retard et plus de retard... -

 L'AJJ partage votre frustration quant au retard à mettre en oeuvre votre convention collective. L'AJJ a fait pression sans relâche sur le Secrétariat du Conseil du Trésor pour obtenir une convention collective signée une fois pour toute et obtenir confirmation de la date officielle de sa mise en oeuvre.
March 13th, 2013

Delay, delay and more delay... -

 The AJC shares in your frustration regarding the delayed implementation date of your collective agreement and while the AJC has done everything in its power to hold Treasury Board Secretariat's feet to the fire to get a signed collective agreement in order to confirm the actual implementation date, we are regretfully now faced with yet another delay.
March 13th, 2013

Avis d'assemblée générale annuelle -

 Chers membres de l´AJJ,

Avis est par les présentes donné que la deuxième Assemblée générale annuelle (AGA) de l´Association des Juristes de Justice se tiendra à l'hôtel Albert at Bay d´Ottawa, salle de réunion « Seasons », le mardi 2 avril 2013 à 19 h 00, heure avancée de l´est. L´inscription commencera à 18 h 00.
March 1st, 2013

Notice of Annual General Meeting -

 Dear AJC members:

Notice is hereby given that the second Annual General Meeting (”AGM”) of the Association of Justice Counsel will be held at the Albert at Bay hotel in Ottawa, ”Seasons” meeting room, on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 19:00, daylight saving time.  Registration starts at 18:00 pm.
March 1st, 2013

Application has been abandoned -

 We are pleased to announce that the application commenced by Mr. Ed Bumburs has been abandoned pursuant to a settlement between the parties.  For more information regarding the general terms of settlement, AJC members may login to the AJC website with their username and password in order to access the confidential terms of the agreement.
February 28th, 2013

La requête est abandonnée -

 Nous avons le plaisir de vous annoncer l'abandon de la requête de M. Ed Bumburs à la suite d'une entente à l'amiable intervenue entre les parties. Pour de plus amples informations au sujet des conditions de règlement générales, les membres de l'AJJ sont invités à se connecter au site Web de l'AJJ pour accéder aux conditions confidentielles de règlement.
February 28th, 2013

Selon le CT, la convention collective sera signée le 12 mars 2013 -

 Nous avons déjà fourni les signatures de l'AJJ mais le CT nous informe que le sous-ministre adjoint doit examiner la convention avant de la signer. Selon le CT, la date officielle de signature sera le 12 mars 2013.
February 28th, 2013

According to TB, the collective agreement will be signed on March 12, 2013 -

 We have already provided TB with the AJC's signatures but we are told by TB that the ADM is to review and sign the agreement.  According to TB, the official signing date will be March 12, 2013.  Based on that date, LAs should expect to receive retroactive pay adjustments by July 10, 2013 at the latest.
February 28th, 2013

Une entente historique ! -

 Il s'agit de la première convention collective négociée entre l'AJJ et du Conseil du Trésor. La nouvelle convention collective des LAs marque un moment significatif dans l'histoire de l'Association des juristes de Justice et je suis fière de pouvoir dire que cette entente souligne l'importance de votre travail au sein de fonction publique.
February 21st, 2013

Done Deal! -

 This is the first negotiated deal between the AJC and Treasury Board. Our new LA Collective Agreement marks a defining moment in the history of the Association of Justice Counsel, and I'm proud to say that the deal recognizes the work you do as some of the most important in the public service.
February 21st, 2013

LA Collective Agreement Approved by Treasury Board -

 The Treasury Board Secretariat has confirmed today that the LA tentative agreement has been approved and is now ready to be signed. LAs should expect to receive retroactive pay adjustments within 120 days following the signing of the agreement.
February 18th, 2013

La convention collective des LAs est approuvée par le Secrétariat du Conseil du Trésor -

 Le Secrétariat du Conseil du Trésor a confirmé aujourd'hui que l'entente de principe des LAs a été approuvée et est maintenant prête à être signée. Les LAs doivent donc s'attendre à recevoir des ajustements rétroactifs dans les 120 jours suivant la signature de l'entente.
February 18th, 2013

Supreme Court of Canada denies leave to appeal: AJC's ERA Charter challenge ends -

 The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) has denied leave to appeal from the Judgment of the Court of Appeal for Ontario on the Expenditure Restraint Act (ERA) Charter challenge, made on August 7, 2012.
February 14th, 2013

La Cour suprême du Canada n'entendra pas l'appel: Le litige constitutionnel de l'AJJ portant sur la LCD se termine -

 La Cour suprême du Canada (CSC) a refusé la demande de l'AJJ d'interjeter appel de la décision de la Cour d'appel de l'Ontario sur le litige constitutionnel portant sur la Loi sur le contrôle des dépenses (LCD) rendue le 7 août 2012.
February 14th, 2013

La Cour suprême annoncera sous peu sa décision sur la demande de l'AJJ d'interjeter appel -

La Cour suprême du Canada rendra sa décision jeudi le 14 février à savoir si elle autorise la demande de l'Association des juristes de justice d'interjeter appel de la décision de la Cour d'appel de l'Ontario concernant le Litige constitutionnel portant sur la Loi sur le contrôle des dépenses.
February 8th, 2013

Supreme Court to Decide on AJC's Leave Application -

 The Association of Justice Counsel will soon find out if the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) will grant leave to appeal the Ontario Court of Appeal decision on the Expenditure Restraint Act (ERA) Charter Challenge. The decision will be announced on Thursday, February 14th.
February 8th, 2013

AJC By-Election Results - NCR By-Election Called for February 13 -

 Congratulations to the following AJC members who have been acclaimed as a Governing Council Representatives:

Gilese Turner - Nunavut Region
Gregory Harlow - Calgary Region
Nadine Silverman - Ontario Region

National Capital Region By-Election - Vote to be Held February 13, 2013
February 8th, 2013

Élections partielles de l'AJJ - Élection partielle à venir dans la RCN -

 Félicitations aux membres suivants de l'AJJ qui ont été acclamés comme représentants au Conseil d'administration :

Gilese Turner - Région du Nunavut
Gregory Harlow - Région de Calgary
Nadine Silverman - Région de l'Ontario

Élection partielle - Région de la capitale nationale
Un vote se déroulera le 13 février 2013
February 8th, 2013

Signing of the LA's Collective Agreement: Where We Stand -

 The Association of Justice Counsel (AJC) is disappointed in the delay by Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) to approve the signing of the LA Collective Agreement after our October ratification vote.

While we have had contact with the Minister's Office, we have yet to receive an explanation for the delay.
February 5th, 2013

Signature de la convention collective des LAs : la position actuelle -

 L'Association des juristes de justice (AJJ) est déçue par le retard du Secrétariat du Conseil du Trésor (SCT) à autoriser la signature de la Convention Collective des LAs après notre vote de ratification tenu en octobre.
February 5th, 2013

L'approbation de la Convention Collective demeure en suspens - L'AJJ demande au ministre Clement de prendre action. -

 Nous constatons que l'échéancier prévu pour l'approbation de la Convention collective des LAs par le Secrétariat du Conseil du trésor (SCT) n'a pas été respecté. La présidente de l'AJJ, Lisa Blais, a été en contact avec le SCT plusieurs fois ce mois-ci.
January 31st, 2013

Approval of Collective Agreement Still Outstanding - AJC Presses Minister Clement for Action -

 We understand the proposed timeline for the approval of the new LAs Collective Agreement by the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) has come and gone.  The AJC's President, Lisa Blais, has been in touch with TBS senior officials repeatedly this month, and as recently as the evening of January 31st. She was assured that any future decision would be communicated to her, as soon as possible.
January 31st, 2013

Call for AJC Governing Council Representative Nominations for the National Capital, Nunavut, Ontario and Saskatoon Regions -

 As a result of some vacancies on the Governing Council and expressions of interest from members, we are calling for a by-election in the National Capital Regional Office, Nunavut Regional Office, the Ontario Regional Office and in the Saskatoon Regional Office.
January 30th, 2013

Appel de candidatures pour des représentants au Conseil d'administration de l'AJJ. Régions de la capitale nationale, Nunavut, Ontario et Saskatoon -

 Puisque nous avons certains postes vacants sur le conseil d'administration, nous appelons à la tenue d'une élection partielle dans les Bureaux régionaux de la capitale nationale, Nunavut, de l'Ontario, et de Saskatoon.
January 30th, 2013

Reporting Requirements for Labour Organizations -

 The AJC is keeping track of Bill C-377, an act amending the Income Tax Act.  Its purpose is to require labour organizations and labour Trusts (”Unions”) to publically disclose an unprecedented amount of information in relation to their activities and financing.
January 29th, 2013

Déclarations applicables aux organisations syndicales -

 L'AJJ fait un suivi sur le projet de loi C-377, modifiant la Loi de l'impôt sur le revenu. Le projet de loi a pour objet d'exiger que les organisations ouvrières et les fiducies de syndicat (les « syndicats ») divulguent publiquement une quantité sans précédent de renseignements sur leurs activités et leur financement.
January 29th, 2013

Amendments to the Public Sector Pension Plan - How will LAs be impacted -

 Further to our Communique issued on October 26, 2012, the AJC has now completed the assessment of the proposed amendments to the Public Service Superannuation Act by Bill C-45.
January 29th, 2013

Modifications au régime de pension du secteur public : Comment les LAs seront affectés -

 À la suite de notre communiqué émis le 26 octobre 2012, l'AJJ a terminé l'évaluation des modifications proposées à la Loi sur la pension de la fonction publique par le projet de loi C-45.
January 29th, 2013

DOJ and AJC Settle Unfair Labour Practice Complaint -

 The DOJ and AJC are pleased to announce that the parties have settled their differences in relation to a recent unfair labour practice complaint.
January 24th, 2013

Le MJ et l'AJJ règlent une plainte de pratique déloyale de travail -

 Le ministère de la Justice et l'AJJ sont heureux d'annoncer que les parties ont réglé leurs différends concernant une récente plainte de pratique déloyale de travail.
January 24th, 2013

Federal Court Challenge by a Justice Lawyer -

 According to a Globe and Mail article, Edgar Schmidt, a Department of Justice lawyer (LC) who is not a member of the Association, is challenging in Federal Court the Department of Justice on the basis that Parliament should be informed when lawyers are asked to craft legislation that risks running afoul of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
January 17th, 2013
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