LSO Classification Plan Review and Appeal

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In 2009, the Professional Employees Association (PEA) and Government of British Columbia's Public Service Agency (PSA) completed an evaluation plan of Licensed Science Officers (LSO).

Below, you will find benchmark jobs as separate files. These files were designed by the BC Government. You can also access the documents on the @Your Service website. You must go to the Classification Services area of the Pay and Benefits section. Under Classification Services is a link entitled Access Bargaining Unit Classification Plans.

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What avenues are available to government licensed professionals who feel that their job classification is inadequate for their responsibilities and job functions?

Article 33.02 of the GLP Master Agreement provides a means for pursuing classification complaints, and having them resolved by a third party if disputes cannot be sorted out with the employer. The classification appeal procedure set out in the master agreement is available to all GLPs — LSOs and others alike. What are the factors members need to consider before initiating a classification appeal?

The first important point to understand is that classification is dictated by positions, not incumbents. Classification is determined by the responsibilities assigned to a job, rather than the personal qualifications an incumbent of that position may happen to bring to that job. Employees have a case for reclassification in only one circumstance — when the functions they are required to perform match those prescribed in a higher classification standard. The challenge in any classification appeal is to succeed at demonstrating that one is functioning at the level described in the target classification standard, rather than one’s present classification. To meet this challenge, it is essential that would-be appellants accomplish three things:

  1. Make themselves familiar with the applicable classification standards;
  2. Understand the key differences between the standards, and
  3. Find a way to convince a neutral third party that they are actually functioning at the higher level.

Classification standards are not the same as job descriptions. Job descriptions set out the particular functions and responsibilities assigned to individual positions in government.

Classification standards differentiate and rank categories of work, each level more responsible or onerous than the level below it. A job description exists (or is supposed to exist) for every public service position, and every position is assessed and ranked under a classification standard. The Licensed Science Officer (LSO) Plan is a classification standard; it distinguishes five different responsibility levels, LSO 1 to 5. Different classification standards apply to psychologists, physiotherapists and pharmacists. Copies of the applicable classification standards are available from the PEA.

When it is clear that one is in a position to pursue a classification appeal, here are the prescribed steps of the appeal procedure, one by one.

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The Professional is the PEA's award-winning, quarterly magazine for members.

The December 2016 issue includes a profile of Beth Eagles, a cruising-policy forester with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources. This issue also covers what the PEA and the labour movement are doing to support the next generation of workers. Finally, we highlight the significance of the Brian Day court case currently working its way through the courts. 

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