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December 3rd, 2019
December 3rd, 2019

Updates on various pay issues

Collective Agreement Implementation

As indicated in our October newsletter, the updated rates of pay for AJC members were initiated the week of November 13, 2019. We also indicated at that time, that in addition to wage increases between 2018 and 2021, members will receive a non-pensionable, taxable amount of $400 in recognition of the extended implementation timelines.  This amount is to be paid out within the 180-day period but we do not yet have an exact date.

We do not yet know when the collective agreement retroactive payments will be processed but will let you know as soon as we hear. As indicated in the ratified collective agreement, prospective compensation increases and retroactive amounts that require manual processing by compensation advisors will be implemented within five hundred and sixty (560) days.

Ongoing Pay Issues Outside Collective Agreement Implementation

If you were an LP1, LP2 or LP3 between 2015 and 2019 and have not yet received performance pay or lockstep increases that were due during this time period, please be sure to complete the survey that we will be distributing in the coming weeks so that we may escalate your matter directly to TB's attention.   In the interests of efficacy, we will collect survey information rather than take ongoing individual reports regarding these types of pay issues.  Please be sure to fill out the survey if you are impacted to ensure that we have your most up-to-date information.

For all other pay matters not covered above, please consult our FAQ on Phoenix Pay Issues and FAQs on Phoenix Damages to determine whether or not and how your matter can be escalated.  
Qualifying Retroactive Lump Sum Payment forms - T-1198 Forms

A few members have reported having received reassessments where they now owe monies contrary to the CRA assurances we received that such requests would only be processed if advantageous to the taxpayer.  If this has happened to you, you are encouraged to write the CRA to request a reversal and ensure that the CRA does not mistakenly add amounts to your annual income, which happened to be the case in 2 of the cases that were reported to us.  In consultation with your financial advisor, you may consider whether or not you should be paying the assessed amounts pending CRA's reversal at the risk of incurring interest charges.  

Please note that the AJC does not provide tax advice and the information contained above is information we received from the CRA and are passing on to you.

We hope that this information will be of assistance.

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