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Economic Action Plan 2013 Act, No. 2 (S.C. 2013, c. 40)

Assented to 2013-12-12

2003, c. 22, s. 2Public Service Labour Relations Act

Amendments to the Act

  •  (1) The definitions “adjudicator” and “Board” in subsection 2(1) of the Public Service Labour Relations Act are replaced by the following:

    “adjudicator”

    « arbitre de grief »

    “adjudicator” means a person or board of adjudication to whom a grievance is referred under paragraph 223(2)(a), (b) or (c).

    “Board”

    « Commission »

    “Board” means the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board that is established by subsection 4(1) of the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board Act.

  • (2) Paragraph 2(3)(a) of the Act is replaced by the following:

    • (a) the person is engaged under subsection 30(1) of the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board Act; or

Marginal note:2003, c. 22, s. 273

 The headings before section 12 and sections 12 to 38 of the Act are replaced by the following:

Division 4Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board

Marginal note:Administration of Act

12. The Board administers this Act and it may exercise the powers and perform the duties and functions that are conferred or imposed on it by this Act, or as are incidental to the attainment of the objects of this Act, including the making of orders requiring compliance with this Act, with regulations made under it or with decisions made in respect of a matter coming before the Board.

Marginal note:Adjudication services

13. The Board is to provide adjudication services that consist of the hearing of applications and complaints made under this Part, the referral of grievances to adjudication in accordance with Part 2 and the hearing of matters brought before the Board under Part 3.

Marginal note:Mediation services

14. The Board is to provide mediation services that consist of

  • (a) assisting parties in the negotiation of collective agreements and their renewal;

  • (b) assisting parties in the management of the relations resulting from the implementation of collective agreements;

  • (c) mediating in relation to grievances; and

  • (d) assisting the Chairperson in discharging his or her responsibilities under this Act.

Marginal note:National Joint Council

15. The Board is to provide facilities and administrative support to the National Joint Council.

Marginal note:Powers

16. The Board has, in relation to any matter before it, the power to

  • (a) examine any evidence that is submitted to it respecting membership of employees in an employee organization seeking certification and, in the case of a council of employee organizations seeking certification, in any employee organization forming part of the council;

  • (b) examine documents forming or relating to the constitution or articles of association of any employee organization seeking certification and, in the case of a council of employee organizations seeking certification, those of any employee organization forming part of the council;

  • (c) require the employer to post and keep posted in appropriate places any notice that the Board considers necessary to bring matters or proceedings before the Board to the attention of employees;

  • (d) subject to any limitations that the Governor in Council may establish in the interests of defence or security, enter any premises of the employer where work is being or has been done by employees, inspect and view any work, material, machinery, appliance or article in the premises and require any person in the premises to answer all questions relating to the matter before it;

  • (e) subject to any limitations that the Governor in Council may establish in the interests of defence or security, enter any premises of the employer for the purpose of conducting representation votes during working hours; and

  • (f) authorize any person to do anything that the Board may do under paragraphs (a) to (e) and require the person to report to it on what the person has done.

 Paragraphs 39(i) to (m) of the Act are replaced by the following:

  • (l) the circumstances in which the following evidence may be received by it as evidence that any employees wish or do not wish to have a particular employee organization represent them as their bargaining agent, and the circumstances in which it must not make public any evidence so received:

    • (i) evidence as to membership of employees in an employee organization,

    • (ii) evidence of objection by employees to certification of an employee organization, and

    • (iii) evidence of signification by employees that they no longer wish to be represented by an employee organization; and

  • (m) any other matter that is incidental or conducive to the attainment of the objects of this Part.

 Sections 40 and 41 of the Act are repealed.

Marginal note:2003, c. 22, s. 274

 The heading before section 44 and sections 44 to 53 of the Act are repealed.

 Section 147 of the Act is replaced by the following:

Marginal note:Powers
  • 147. (1) The arbitration board has all the powers of the Board set out in paragraphs 16(c) and (d) of this Act and paragraphs 20(a) and (d) to (f) of the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board Act.

  • Marginal note:Delegation

    (2) The arbitration board may authorize any person to exercise any of its powers set out in paragraphs 16(c) and (d) of this Act and paragraphs 20(d) and (e) of the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board Act, and require that person to report to it on the exercise of those powers.

 Section 174 of the Act is replaced by the following:

Marginal note:Powers
  • 174. (1) The public interest commission has all the powers of the Board set out in paragraphs 16(c) and (d) of this Act and paragraphs 20(a) and (d) to (f) of the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board Act.

  • Marginal note:Delegation

    (2) The public interest commission may authorize any person to exercise any of its powers set out in paragraphs 16(c) and (d) of this Act and paragraphs 20(d) and (e) of the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board Act, and require that person to report to it on the exercise of those powers.

 The headings before section 223 of the Act are replaced by the following:

Adjudication

Notice to Board

 Subsections 223(1) and (2) of the Act are replaced by the following:

Marginal note:Notice
  • 223. (1) A party who refers a grievance to adjudication must, in accordance with the regulations, give notice of the reference to the Board.

  • Marginal note:Action to be taken by Chairperson

    (2) If the party specifies in the notice that an adjudicator is named in an applicable collective agreement, that an adjudicator has otherwise been selected by the parties or, if no adjudicator is so named or has been selected, that the party requests the establishment of a board of adjudication, then the Chairperson must, on receipt of the notice by the Board,

    • (a) if the grievance is one arising out of a collective agreement and an adjudicator is named in the agreement, refer the matter to the adjudicator;

    • (b) if the parties have selected an adjudicator, refer the matter to the adjudicator; and

    • (c) if a board of adjudication has been requested and the other party has not objected in the time provided for in the regulations, establish the board and refer the matter to it.

  • Marginal note:Board seized of grievance

    (2.1) If the notice does not specify any of the things described in subsection (2), or if a board of adjudication has been requested and the other party has objected in the time provided for in the regulations, the Board is seized of the grievance.

 Section 225 of the Act is replaced by the following:

Marginal note:Compliance with procedures

225. No grievance may be referred to adjudication until the grievance has been presented at all required levels in accordance with the applicable grievance process.

 Sections 226 and 227 of the Act are replaced by the following:

Marginal note:Powers of adjudicator
  • 226. (1) An adjudicator may, in relation to any matter referred to adjudication, exercise any of the powers set out in paragraph 16(d) of this Act and sections 20 to 23 of the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board Act.

  • Marginal note:Powers of adjudicator and Board

    (2) An adjudicator or the Board may, in relation to any matter referred to adjudication,

    • (a) interpret and apply the Canadian Human Rights Act and any other Act of Parliament relating to employment matters, other than the provisions of the Canadian Human Rights Act that are related to the right to equal pay for work of equal value, whether or not there is a conflict between the Act being interpreted and applied and the collective agreement, if any;

    • (b) give relief in accordance with paragraph 53(2)(e) or subsection 53(3) of the Canadian Human Rights Act; and

    • (c) award interest in the case of grievances involving termination, demotion, suspension or financial penalty at a rate and for a period that the adjudicator or the Board, as the case may be, considers appropriate.

 
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