Public Service Employees affected by wildfires – messages from the PSA to the PEA
Publish date: Wednesday, July 12, 2017
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals
The PEA has received two important messages from the Public Service Agency (PSA) regarding the wildfires, Paid administrative leave Employees who are unable for safety reasons to come in to work or work from another location as a result of the wildfire situation can be placed on paid administrative leave for the duration of the safety concern, regardless of whether their actual work location is safe to work at or not. Examples of where this will apply include situations where the employee cannot come into work as a result an evacuation order, evacuation alert or wildfire-related road closure and the employee is unable to work from home or another location. Employees who are able to maintain their work duties from home or other location should be encouraged to do so and do not require placement on administrative leave. Wildfire-related emergency and invoking the use of Information Appendix H Appendix H can be viewed on page 207 of the GLP collective agreement. I have followed up with the PSA for more information about our members being called on for leave for meritorious services. Currently, the PSA has no additional information from the ministries regarding who has been, or may be called on. As is always a good practice, our members should keep track of their hours worked in the event that we need to make arguments for additional compensation. Contact your labour relations officer Melissa Moroz if you any have questions.